Its hundred-year-old streets, the history of a town that has known how to grow to speak about a town that has known how to grow with deep roots amidst bountiful nature.
The Chimehuin River and several hills frame the territory of Junín de los Andes, which, in spite of having been declared to be a city, continues to boast its pace of quiet town, with solitary streets at nap time. Besides, it stores a history worth knowing and buildings that have witnessed to the growth of these confines in Neuquén.
Holding a map of the city, we started our tour at San Martín Square. In the days of the Desert Campaign, the urban grid was laid out starting at this square with ample streets, green spaces and farms. During the traditional festival season, the city gets ready to celebrate and is the axis of all civic, musical and cultural activities in Junín. Today, monkey-puzzle trees planted by priest Ginés Ponte surround the block. These conifers are directly related to the diet of the Mapuche communities.
The city was founded in 1883 and one decade later, the first parish church was built right opposite the square. The members of the 26th Mountain Infantry Regiment used cane, mud and straw to raise this construction, which collapsed in 1925.
Contact: Sub Secretaría de Turismo y Cultura
Padre Milanesio y Coronel Suárez (8371) Junín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina Tel: +54 2972-491160
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