Coyhaique is the capital of the Aisen Region and has a population of approximately 50,000 inhabitants, or half of the region's population. For those traveling along the Carretera Austral, (Southern Highway) or living in the sparsely inhabited Northern Patagonia this small city is a pocket of civilization. Here there is a wide range of services, including banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, laundries, car rentals, big box hardware & home-goods suppliers as well as numerous restaurants and communications services.
It's the best place in the region to stock up on whatever goods and provisions you would need to comfortably enjoy living off-grid somewhere out in the beautiful Patagonian wilderness. It is also a good launch pad for some great adventure and sporting trips out into the surrounding countryside and areas beyond.