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The epic of the Carretera Austral in Chile

The epic of the Carretera Austral in Chile

Posted by Juan Gavasa on September 17, 2013

Chiloé and Aisén make up an area of 135,000 km2, which constitutes a sixth of the Chilean mainland. This huge area remained practically cut off from the rest of the country before the Carretera Austral was built. Indeed the 68,000 inhabitants of the area in around 1985 still lacked communications between the various towns and settlements. The difficulties presented by the morphology, climate and geography of the area meant that there were few roads and little in the way of sea or air services to relieve their isolation. Between the 1950s and the 1970s, a number of unsuccessful attempts were made to create access roads into the region, and it was only in 1976 that a project to construct the Carretera Austral was started.

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