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When to Go to Coyhaique

Coyhaique may be called La Ciudad de Nieve Eterna (the City of Eternal Snow), but the only snow you’ll see in the summer is on distant peaks. Though less wet than its neighbors to the west, Puerto Aysén and Puerto Chacabuco, Coyhaique still receives 700 millimeters (28 in) of precipitation per year. And yes, in winter it snows. Winds are strong all year long. In summer, temperatures reach 13-15ºC (55-59ºF) and in winter they fall below freezing.


There are many festivals between December and March. The end of January to the beginning of February is the Expo Patagonia, a fair featuring the region’s artisan and agricultural production. The second week of February is the Semana del Pionero, a doffing of the hat to Coyhaique’s pioneer roots. Entertainment includes horse parades, dances, sharing of mate, literature, conferences and the Festival de Canción Criollo music festival.

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