The Board - The Meeting Town
The origin of its name, "La Junta" is due to the union of the Palena and Rosselot rivers, in addition to the fact that in this sector the trappings of animals coming from the different nearby valleys were gathered to be moved to their destination of sale. The Board was created on August 13, 1963 by a founding charter signed in Santiago, when from a little more than a decade there was the arrival of the first settlers from different parts of the country to this place of charms in search of a 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.
Its intermediate climate of small cordillerano 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 Board, La Junta grows around its Plaza del Encuentro, with basic services such as CESFAM Health, Basic School and Liceo , Carabineros, telephone, cell phone signal, internet service, restaurants, fuels, supermarkets, auto mechanics and vulcanization workshops, hardware stores, hostels and cabins.
Since 1986, four years after the Carretera Austral arrived at La Junta, at Espacio y Tiempo® - Hotel de Montaña we have been witnesses, actors and part of the growth and development of the town to which we belong. The people that make up the Espacio y Tiempo team are Juntinos or we have made an important part of our life here, opting in both cases to make La Junta our home, which strengthens our link with the locality and its people.
Its privileged geographic location as the northern entrance to Aysén Patagonia, Destino de Agua y Vida, places La Junta before the visitor as a natural and tourist showcase on the Carretera Austral Norte. Given the meeting of the rivers, of the different valleys and, therefore, of the roads and the people, its inhabitants we identify with being El Pueblo del Encuentro.
Clic: Link to the book "The Board: History and Development of the Town of Encuentro"
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In the seventies, the idea of building a route that crosses 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 South Southern Longitudinal Road or the "Carretera Austral".
According to the priorities, the sector from Chaitén to Coyhaique was first built, which was delivered to public use in February 1982. In that same year, work was started further south, in the Lago General Carrera sector, and was as well as 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 nature 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, 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, Destination of Water and Life, and is remembered by everyone who visits it. This has earned her recognition in the second place in the five most beautiful scenic routes in America by the British newspaper "The Guardian" (https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2008/sep/13/fivebest .roadtrips) in September 2008 and since March 2017, when the "Parks Route" was created (http://www.rutadelosparques.org/quienes-somos/), the Carretera Austral takes a new impulse as the most scenic route in Chile.
Region of Aysén
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 the four climatic seasons, each one with its particular charm: the pleasant temperatures of the summer, the incomparable landscapes of the autumn, the force of the winter and everything the splendor that dazzles us in the spring. Even when the temperature often drops below 0º in winter, it usually allows outdoor activities to take place.
The Region of Aysén has a hydrographic system that includes six important basins: Palena, Cisnes, Aysén, Baker, Bravo and Easter, rivers that are supplied by numerous lakes and lagoons that transform it into a paradise of sport fishing and all recreational activities that approach the nature: downhill rivers, 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 reserve of fresh water given the value and importance of quantity and quality of its waters and its environment little intervention.
All this, wrapped in a friendly environment with the security offered by Chilean Patagonia to all its visitors, makes us part of this international tourist destination: Aysén Patagonia, Destination of Water and Life.