Aysen del General Carlos Ibanez del Campo
It is the richest region in fresh waters of Chile, being the third largest expanse of continental ice in the world
Nature and adventure in one place
Aysen Patagonia, is a territory rich in nature and adventure in the extreme south of Chile, with a wide diversity of landscapes and climates, ranging from the steppe of the Patagonian pampas, to the evergreen and Andean Patagonian forests, passing through lakes, rivers, fjords and millenary ice.
It is the region richest in freshwater in Chile and one of the purest in the world, being the third largest expanse of continental ice in the world, located in the Northern and Southern Ice Fields. Half of its territory corresponds to Protected Wild Areas, highlighting the "Laguna San Rafael National Park", declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO; and the highest peak in Patagonia, the "Monte San Valentín", with a height of 4058 meters.
To get to know the region, it is enough to travel the Carretera Austral, the Scenic Route of Patagonia. More than 800 km invite you to discover the unexplored and unique nature, people and their cultural heritage.
Aysen Region of General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, is located in the Chilean Patagonia, between 43º38 'in the north and 49º16' in the south, and from 71 ° 06 'west to the territorial waters of the Pacific Ocean, it has a surface of 109,024.90 km2, making it the third largest in the country, representing 14.2% of continental Chile and insular.
Its population projected to the year 2015 is of 108,328 inhabitants, being thus the less populated region of the country. The capital of the Region of Aysen is Coyhaique and it is divided into four provinces: Aysen, Coihaique, General Carrera and Capitan Prat
The region represents for the physiognomy of our country, a unique and spectacular reality due to the formation of geomorphology, product of tectonics, volcanism, the action of glaciers (fields of Northern and Southern Ice) and other agents such as rain and snowfall, the wind and the proximity to the sea. The main peaks of the region are: Monte San Valentín (3910 masl), Cochrane or San Lorenzo (3707 masl), Fitz Roy (3406 masl), among others.
The most important rivers that make up its hydrography are the Palena, Baker, Aisen, Bravo and Pascua rivers. For its part, the lakes are mostly shared with Argentina, standing out the General Carrera Lake, which is the largest in Chile, next to Lake O'Higgins and Cochrane. The abundance of natural resources and the beauty of its landscapes, make this region is projected as a virgin and untamed territory, which place nature as the center of tourist activity. The region constitutes an important national reserve of vegetation and natural fauna.
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