The Best Spots to Buy Hiking Gear in Coyhaique, Chile

Geared Up | © Catherine Shyu | Flickr
Geared Up | © Catherine Shyu | Flickr
Photo of Will Lees
7 February 2018

As you head further south and you pass other travellers heading in the opposite direction, it is wise, and natural, to ask if they have been to the next destinations marked on your map, in order to garner any first-hand advice. If their experiences of the outdoors might have you rummaging through your bag to double check if you packed some necessities, you can relax, as whatever you are missing, can be obtained in the petite mountain town of Coyhaique, Chile.

The North Face

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The North Face are leaders in outdoor wear
The North Face are leaders in outdoor wear | © Andy Thrasher / Flickr
If you are planning to battle Patagonia and you have never heard of the name The North Face, then this may be your first trek and you will want to brush up on the big names in the industry. The North Face produce some of the highest quality trekking, hiking and camping gear available worldwide, and Coyhaique is lucky enough to have opened a store here, allowing you to get all the warm clothing, long socks, cozy hats, long johns, and all other accessories necessary before you head into the unforgiving chill of Patagonia.

Corona

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The equivalent of a department store from North America, the glowing purple words of Corona are a well known centre for shopping in Chile and is a perfect spot if you are looking for a camera to capture all the incredible sceneries that will be surrounding you, or a music player to enjoy some classical music in your ears while on the trails to block out the whistling of the constant wind. Whatever it is, swing by Corona and you may just spot something that you will later be thinking “very happy I brought this!”

Refugio Patagon

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Coyhaique, situated at the base of the Patagonian mountains
Coyhaique, situated at the base of the Patagonian mountains | © Dan Lundberg / Flickr
Specializing in outdoor clothing, this little shop that looks like a house will have a lot of the necessities you might not find at the bigger shops, like durable plastic water bottles, stove-top cups, and cutlery for outdoor eating, as well as featuring a lot of climbing gear for those getting more vertical than horizontal.

Trouer

For the discount shopper who knows that Patagonia is once-in-a-lifetime experience, in that they may never be back and the hiking gear may live a life relegated to the back of a closet when they get home, Trouer is a small outlet store in Coyhaique that has quality brands and clothing with a more modest price tag. Hiking boots, clip in cycling shoes, warm hats, sweaters, backpacks, and whatever else might be on your list, as well as some things that probably are not.

Trouer, Errázuriz 1103, Coyhaique, Chile, +56 9 4259 8524