Coyhaique is a city that is located in the remote region of Aysén in Chile.
Coyhaique is the capital and the main urban center of the Region of Aysén of General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo. It is at an average height of 310 masl, at the place where the Simpson and Coyhaique rivers converge.
The name Coihaique or Coyhaique corresponds to the Castilianization of a term in aonikenk or tehuelche that derives from qoj, "lagoon" and ajke, "camp", that is, "camp of the lagoon". This name designated several places and was granted to it by non-indigenous explorers.
For several years the official name of the city was written with "i", "Coihaique", but the form "Coyhaique" continued to be preferred by the local authorities and by the inhabitants of the city, as is the case with the term Aisén / Aysén . In the mid-2000s, the spelling used by the Military Geographical Institute changed, so that "Coyhaique" became official.