La Junta – The Town of Meeting
The origin of its name La Junta is due to the confluence of the rivers Palena and Rosselot, additional to that in this sector they were herding animals from different valleys to be moved close to the sector where they would be sold. La Junta was created on August 13, 1963 by founding act signed in Santiago, when from a little more than a decade the arrival of the first settlers was given from various parts of the country to this place of charm in search of a prosperous future. The first inhabitants in the "urban" area date back to the early seventies with the arrival of the first teacher, Fernando Sotomayor, who participated in the founding of the first school.
Its intermediate climate of small mountain valley crossed by countless rivers and located between the sea and the high mountains gives rise to excellent land suitable for farming and grazing, surrounded by evergreen forests and snowy peaks. With a population of just over 1,200 inhabitants that lives within the urban area in front of the blackboard Rosselot Lake National Reserve, La Junta grows around the Plaza del Encuentro, with basic services such as Rural Medical Clinic, Carabineros (Police force), telephone, cellular net, internet, restaurants, fuel, supermarkets, shops, auto mechanic workshops, vulcanizations, hardware stores, lodges and cabins.
Since 1986, four years after reaching the Carretera Austral to La Junta, Espacio y Tiempo® - Mountain hotel have witnessed, act and has been a part of the growth and development of the town to which we belong. The people who make up the team of Espacio y Tiempo® are juntinos or have become an important part of our life here, opting both for making La Junta our home, which strengthens our bond with the town and its people.
Its privileged geographic location as northern entrance to Aysen Patagonia, Water and Life Destiny, placed before the board hang visitor as natural and tourist showcase of the North Carretera Austral. Since the meeting of the rivers of different valleys and therefore, roads and people, its inhabitants identify with being the people of Meeting..
In the seventies was crystallized and materialized the idea of building a route that crossed the continent linking the different provinces of the Chilean Patagonia, a difficult task because of the diversity of adverse effects, such as native forests, extensive wetlands, mighty rivers, topography with innumerable accidents, severe weather, lack of population and resources, etc. Since 1976 the implementation of this road began, known as the Camino Longitudinal Austral or "Carretera Austral".
According to priorities, first it was built in the area of Chaitén to Coyhaique, which was delivered to public use in February 1982. In the same year the work began further south, on Lake General Carrera, and that’s how in 1986 was fully delivered the road to Puerto Yungay. Today it is possible to reach the Carretera Austral from Chaitén to Villa O'Higgins, thus having a total of 990 kms to go, with a breakthrough in the widening and paving of the road.
The Carretera Austral and its complementary cross-network enabled the integration of the Western Patagonia, vast territory of great natural reserves and beautiful landscapes. Its socio-economic impact began to loom as important not only in the development of animal husbandry and aquaculture, but in the generation of a new tourist destination, ideal for lovers of nature, the contemplation of flora, fauna and landscapes adventure tourism, outdoor activities and sport fishing.
For the beauty of its landscapes and its particular environment, the Southern Highway is the backbone of Aysén Patagonia Water and Life Destiny, and is remembered by all who visit. This has earned it has been recognized in the second place among the five most beautiful scenic routes in America by the British newspaper The Guardian" in September 2008.
The Aysen region lying between latitude 49 degrees South and longitude 71º from the east to the Pacific Ocean.
It has a large area of approximately 108,000 km2 which represents 24% of the territory of continental Chile. Its regional capital is the city of Coyhaique of about 50,000 inhabitants.
The rainy weather, the basic element that creates the natural beauty of our region, invites tourists to enjoy the four seasons, each with its own particular charm: the pleasant summer temperatures, the incomparable landscapes of autumn, winter force and all the splendor that dazzles us in the spring. Even when temperatures often reach 0º in winter it allows develop tourist activities outdoors normally.
The Aysén Region has a drainage system comprising six major watersheds: Palena, Cisnes, Aysén, Baker, Bravo and Pascua rivers are fed by numerous lakes and lagoons that transform it into a paradise of sport fishing and other recreational activities that bring nature: rafting, kayaking or catanoas, biking, hiking, horseback riding, etc.
Espacio y Tiempo® - Mountain hotel is located in the center of the first of these basins, Palena Basin, which meets all the requirements to be considered a freshwater reserve given the value and importance of the quantity and quality of its waters and its surroundings little intervention.
All this, wrapped in a friendly environment with the security offered by the Chilean Patagonia for all visitors, makes us part of this world-class tourist destination: Aysén Patagonia Water and Life Destiny.