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Monumentos and Miradores - Monument Coyhaique - Chile

On the west side of Coyhaique, along the Río Simpson, are several monuments and miradores (viewpoints) along the bypass, also called the Avenida Norte-Sur. The first one is Mirador Río Simpson, with vistas looking out over the valley. South on the avenue is the turn-off for Piedra del Indio, a natural rock formation shaped like a native’s face. Further south on the bypass are several small parks along the road. In one in particular there are three brightly painted carros maderos, or primitive lumber trucks. Another displays old printing presses. About a kilometer (0.6 mi) onward is the intersection with the road to Balmaceda. Here is Coyhaique’s iconic Monumento al Mate.


On the other side of the city, at Baquedano & Lillo, is the Plaza del Pionero. This open-air park displays large carts that have been used for decades to transport goods between Balmaceda, Valle Simpson and Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. There are also several interesting statues in the park. El Ovejero depicts a man and dog with a herd of sheep. Monumento al Pueblo Migrante Chilote is a salute to the typical family from Chiloé, who were instrumental in the settlement of the region.

Coyhaique, Chile


Getting There
To get to the viewpoints and monuments on the west side of the city, begin walking west on Calle Carrera to the bypass, also called Avenida Norte-Sur. A quarter-kilometers (820 ft) south is Mirador Río Simpson.

Price Description: Free.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: None

Visit the Museum Regional. Hike, trek, bird watch or mountain climb in the Reserva Nacional Coyhaique, Reserva Nacional Río Simpson or Monumento Natural Dos Lagunas. In winter, go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or get in a day of skiing at Centro de Ski el Fraile. Raft or kayak the Simpson and Paloma Rivers or go fishing.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

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