At the confluence of the Río Simpson and Río Coyhaique, the sprawling city center has its plaza at the heart of a pentagonal plan. The new bike path along the Río Simpson is an excellent place to let off steam.

Many tour agencies offer day trips to Capilla de Marmol: don't do it unless you are game to spend a punishing eight hours on the road. It's better to head south on your own, if you can.