La Junta - The Town of Encounters
The origin of our town's name, "La Junta" is due to the junction of the Palena and Rosselot rivers, in addition to the fact that in this sector animals were brought together from the different nearby valleys to be moved to their sale destination. La Junta was created on August 13, 1963 by means of a foundation act signed in Santiago, a little more than a decade after the arrival of the first settlers from different parts of the country to this charming place in search of a more prosperous future. The first inhabitants within the "urban" area go back to the early seventies with the arrival of the first teacher, Fernando Sotomayor, who participated in the founding of the first school.
Thetermediate climate of its small valley furrowed by innumerable rivers and located between the sea and the high mountains gives rise to excellent lands suitable for livestock and grazing, surrounded by evergreen forest and snowy peaks. With a population of just over 2000 inhabitants living within the urban area in front of the Rosselot Lake National Reserve, La Junta grows around its "Plaza del Encuentro", with basic services such as a Health Center, Elementary and High School, Municipality office, Library, Computer center, Carabineros, telephone service, mobile phone signal, internet service, restaurants, fuel station, small plane runway, supermarkets, auto mechanics and vulcanization workshops, hardware stores, hostels and cabins.
Since 1986, four years after the Carretera Austral arrived to La Junta, at Espacio y Tiempo® - Hotel de Montaña we have been witnesses, actors and part of the growth and development of the town we belong to. Most of the collaborators of the Espacio y Tiempo team are Juntinos or have made an important part of their life in La Junta, opting in both cases to make La Junta their home, which strengthens our link with the locality and its people.
Its privileged geographic location as the northern entrance to Aysén Patagonia, places La Junta before the visitor as a natural and touristic showcase on the northern Carretera Austral. Given the meeting of the rivers, of the different valleys and, therefore, of roads and people, its inhabitants identify with being "El Pueblo del Encuentro" (The Town of Encounters).
Clic: Link to the book, in Spanish, "La Junta: History and Development of the Town of Encounters"
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In the seventies, the idea of building a route crossing the continent uniting the different provinces of the Chilean Patagonia was crystallized and materialized, a difficult task due to the diversity of adverse factors, such as native forests, extensive marshy areas, large rivers, topography with innumerable accidents, rigorous climate, lack of population and resources, etc. From 1976 the execution of this road started, named as, the Southern Longitudinal Road, Ruta 7 or the "Carretera Austral".
Guided by national priorities, the sector from Chaitén to Coyhaique was first built, being delivered to public use in February 1982. In that same year, work was started further south, in the Lago General Carrera sector, and in 1986, the road was completely delivered to Puerto Yungay. Today it is possible to arrive by the Carretera Austral, from Chaitén to Villa O'Higgins, thus having a total of 990 kms to travel, with an important advance in the widening and paving of the route.
The Carretera Austral and its complementary transversal network have allowed the integration of Western Patagonia, an extensive territory of great natural reserves and beautiful landscapes. Its socio-economic impact began to be seen in an important way not only in the development of livestock and aquaculture, but in the generation of a new tourist destination of water and life, ideal for nature lovers, the contemplation of flora, fauna and landscapes and adventure tourism, outdoor activities and sport fishing.
Because of the beauty of its landscapes and the particularity of its surroundings, the Carretera Austral is the backbone of Aysén Patagonia and is remembered by everyone who visits it. It has earned recognition in September 2008 as the second of the five most beautiful scenic routes in America by the British newspaper "The Guardian" (https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2008/sep/13/fivebest .roadtrips) and since March 2017, when the "Route of Parks of Patagonia" was created (http://www.rutadelosparques.org/quienes-somos/), the Carretera Austral takes a new impulse as the most scenic route in Chile.
The Aysén Region extends between 49º South latitude and from 71º East longitude to the Pacific Ocean. It has an extensive territory of approximately 108,000 km2 that represents 24% of the territory of continental Chile. Its regional capital is the city of Coyhaique of approximately 50,000 inhabitants.
The rainy climate, fundamental element that generates the natural beauty of our region, invites the tourist to enjoy all four seasons, each one with its particular charm: the pleasant temperatures of summer, the incomparable landscapes of autumn, the force of winter and the dazzling splendor of spring. Even when temperatures often drop below 0º in winter, it usually allows to enjoy outdoor activities.
The Aysen Region has a hydrographic system that includes six important basins: Palena, Cisnes, Aysén, Baker, Bravo and Pascua, rivers that are supplied by numerous lakes and lagoons that transform it into a paradise for sport fishing and all nature related recreational activities: river rafting, kayak rides, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, etc.
Espacio y Tiempo® - Hotel de Montaña is located in the center of the first of these basins, the Palena Basin, which meets all the requirements to be considered a fresh water reserve given the value and importance in quantity and quality of its waters and the little intervention to its environment.
All this, wrapped in a friendly environment with the safety offered by Chilean Patagonia to all its visitors, makes us part of this international tourist destination: Aysén Patagonia, a Destination of Water and Life.