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COYAHIQUE AND PUELO – FUTALEUFÚ

elizaldeThe paradise of the fly sport fishing is on the most important city of the Central Chilean Patagonia. Well-known as Coyhaique, which means "there where are lagoons", the capital of the Region of Aysén is located in the eastern slope of the Mountain range of Andes, place where the rivers Simpson and Coyhaique converge, attraction center for those who enjoy with rafting and kayak.

Located at the defense of rains, Coyhaique is an access road to the Austral Road and Puerto Chacabuco, departure point of marine cruises towards the San Rafael Lagoon, one of the most important parks of the region with 1.742.000 hectare extension, where are the whole Northern Ice Fields, one of biggest glaciers in the world.

59 kilometres from Coyhaique Puerto Aysén, located on the feet of the Marchant Hill in the forks of the rivers Aysén and Los Palos, it was the first port of the region that regrettably was run aground due to the haulage of silts of the Aysén River for effects of the erosion that took place by the deforestation produced by the forest fires. The natural attractiveness of the surroundings allow to enjoy different tourist activities.

With a rainy and cold climate, the Region of Aysén stands out by the great variety of flore and fauna that can be found in a same place. The native forests of lenga, coihue and ñirre, coexist next to foxes, quiques, the wild cat, pumas and huiñas, offering to the tourist a unique natural spectacle in the world.

Although in the region was the presence of the man, with indigenous towns like the Tehuelches and the Alacalufes, Aysén has a recent population. It was unconnected to the Spanish colonization, staying in its channels and on the eastern slope of Los Andes nomadic pre-Hispanic, nomadic or semi establishments until a recent time.

The occupation of the region began at the end of century XIX in the valleys of the rivers Aysén, Simpson, Cisne and the river basin of the General Carrera Lake. In the prime of century XX started economic activities of greater volume, led by cattle companies, that allowed that the region was definitively colonized. Today, because of the construction of the north section of the Austral Road in the decade of the 80, was originated a national and international interest to visit the zone, renewing the tourist activities and generating a greater preoccupation to preserve the environment, allowing the Region of Aysén to conserve its natural majesty in the middle of a unique landscape in the world.

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When to go
During all the year.
Location
These attractiveness of the Region of Aysén are 1.629 kilometres south from Santiago Coyhaique, and Puerto Aysén 59 kilometres from the city of Coyhaique
Attractions
The visitor will find one of the most magic places on Earth, with native forests, torrent lakes and rivers that are main the attractiveness of the Region of AysÚn, where outdoor activities and relaxation are together to offer you a great opportunity in the middle of nature.
How to get there
The aerial route is the main access to the region and is on a flight from Santiago with a trip of 3 hours, and from Puerto Montt the flight lasts 1 hour. The main airport is Balmaceda which has modern and appropriate facilities for the reception of passengers. If you want to make the marine route, you may set sail from Puerto Montt with 22 hours of navigation approximately on ferrys that make the trips with 2 weekly frequencies. In the summer season they increase the tourism boats and cruises that arrive at the region by this port.
The terrestrial step by the Austral Road from Chaitén or Paso Futaleufú has approximately 420 kilometres of debris and a little asphalt. Also you can arrive from Argentina by the border steps of Coyhaique Alto and Balmaceda, 50 kilometres of Coyhaique.
Destination
  • River Simpsom National Reserve
  • Ventisquero San Rafael

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