Exploring the Northern Chilean Patagonia: Coyhaique and Simpsons River National Park
Coyhaique- a rustic city surrounded by rocky peaks and snowy mountains. It is the largest city in the Chile’s Northern Patagonia and the capital of the region. It is very well connected with the Chacabuco port, therefore a good travel option for those of you who are looking for a shore excursion.
The tour starts at the Chacabuco’s port and continuing with Carretera Austral (the Southern road). The scenic road; during the drive, you will enjoy the natural beauties of Patagonia. Carretera Austral is very important road as it has connected the north with the south, from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins; the road is 1240km long and it is divided into three sections; you will be able to enjoy the main section, Coyhaique one. Landscapes on the whole road vary from forests and fjords to mountains, glaciers, and volcanoes and it is often considered one of the most beautiful paths to take a road trip or to go mountain biking.
The road runs close to the steppe, to the east of the Andes, through lands cleared by settlers long ago. During the drive, travelers will be able to admire the natural and wild beauty of River Simpson Natural Reserve, surrounding the river of the same name. The park is squeezed by steep cliffs graced by numerous waterfalls such as the vaporous Velo de la Novia (Bride’s Veil) and the Virgin Waterfalls.
Arriving at Coyhaique, we will take approximately 45 minutes long break for visiting the main square de Plaza de Armasâ, the handicraft center. If you are fancy having a coffee, there is an excellent bar at the corner of the square where you can just relax and inhale the fresh air.
Then, we will come back to Chacabuco with a stop at the Mirador to admire “la Piedra del Indio” (the Indian Rock), a rock in shape of an Indian profile. There is an interesting story behind this rock, which you will hear from the tour guide.
Duration: 6 to 7 hours.
Level of activity: Low.
Traveling distance: 102 miles (164 km) round trip.
Shopping opportunities: Handicraft market and downtown Coyhaique
Walking involved: Simpson River Natural Reserve and stroll at Coyhaique Main Square.
Enjoyed the road? Consider taking a tour to explore the Aysen area, or contact us for more South America tours.
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