La Junta, located at the confluence of the Río Palena & Río Rosselot, is a nice village surrounded by water in the northern section of the Carretera Austral. The attractive presence of the rivers and lakes like the Lago Rosselot make it a perfect spot to go kayaking, canoeing, boating and fishing of course.
The Río Palena is a famous waterway, easily navigable, and insanely beautiful to discover. Lots of people gather in February for the “Ruta del Palena” (check the dates) when they all descend 80km from La Junta to Raúl Marín Balmaceda in a group. This is a very popular and unforgettable event!
But you don’t have to hit the water to enjoy this area. A 5km trail starts opposite the village, on the Carretera Austral, to discover the Lago Rosselot National Reserve with wonderful views of the village, the confluence of the rivers and the surrounding mountains, or go trekking in the Mirta River Valley with its unspoiled wilderness.
The 75km road west of La Junta to Puerto Raúl Marín Balmaceda, following the banks of the Río Palena and with the El Sauce hotsprings on the way, is a highly recommendable detour. For more info check the Puerto Raúl Marín Balmaceda section in our guidebook.