Villa O'Higgins

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Villa O'Higgins
Villa O'Higgins at dawn
Villa O'Higgins at dawn
Villa O'Higgins is located in Chile
Villa O'Higgins
Villa O'Higgins
Coordinates: 48°28.1′S 72°33.6′W / 48.4683°S 72.5600°W / -48.4683; -72.5600Coordinates: 48°28.1′S 72°33.6′W / 48.4683°S 72.5600°W / -48.4683; -72.5600
Country Chile
Region Aysen
Province Capitán Prat
Commune O'Higgins
Population (2012)
 • Total 612
Climate Cfb

Villa O'Higgins is a small town in the Aysén Region of southern Chile, located 220 km south of Cochrane and 550 km south of Coyhaique. Founded in 1966 and named after the Chilean independence hero Bernardo O'Higgins, it is the capital of the O'Higgins commune of Capitán Prat Province.

Villa O'Higgins is connected to the rest of Chile by the Carretera Austral (Southern Highway) – the final 120 km of which were completed southwards from Puerto Yungay in 2000 – and is the gateway to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.


The town has an airport, several guesthouses, a radio station, and a number of shops. In the summer (Dec-Feb) a regular boat service takes passengers from Villa O'Higgins across the O'Higgins / San Martín Lake to Candelario Mansilla, from where it is possible to cross the border into Argentina via a footpath (no road).

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