Floral Clock

Viña del Mar, Chile

Valparaiso is a seaport in central Chile. Valparaiso has a lower city and an upper city. There are 14 inclined railways that connect the upper and lower cities.

Viña del Mar (called just Viña) is a resort area next to Valparaiso.

Santiago, the capital of Chile is about 60 miles inland from Valparaiso/Viña del Mar

Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Albatross statue in front of Cruise Termiñal - Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile - Navy Building
Valparaiso, Chile - Navy Building
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Inclined railway - Valparaiso, Chile
Inclined railway - Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Floral Clock - Viña del Mar, Chile

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Viña del Mar, Chile
Viña del Mar, Chile

Araucaria Araucana (Monkey Puzzle) - National Tree of Chile

My grandparent's house in County Down, Northern Ireland had a tree in the front yard called a "monkey puzzle" tree. (They also had 2 palm trees and a cactus in the front yard). The monkey puzzle had always fascinated me, probably becasuse of the name.

I found that the monkey puzzle is really Araucaria Araucana, the national tree of Chile and is native to Chile and Argentina. The tree is one of the oldest known species. The spiny leaves evolved to discourage dinosaurs from eating Thumbnails trees.

By the way, there are no monkeys native to the habitat of the tree.

Wikipedia article

Araucaria Araucana (Monkey Puzzle) - National Tree of Chile
Araucaria Araucana (Monkey Puzzle) - National Tree of Chile
Araucaria Araucana (Monkey Puzzle) - National Tree of Chile
Fonck Museum - Viña del Mar, Chile

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Easter Island Statue at Fonck Museum
Evacuation Route Sign - Viña del Mar, Chile
Viña del Mar, Chile
Viña del Mar, Chile
Trip to Santiago
Trip to Santiago
Trip to Santiago
Trip to Santiago
Trip to Santiago
Trip to Santiago
Trip to Santiago
Trip to Santiago