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Araucaria, Monkey Puzzle Forest  
   

Araucaria, Monkey Puzzle Forest

Araucaria araucana. The weirdest forest tree I´ve ever seen.
snow and coipo

October 24th 2005
Spent Sunday hiking the Parque Nacional Huerquehue (don´t try to pronounce it). Got my first glimpse of wild Monkey Puzzle trees (Araucaria araucana), interspersed with stands of evergreen coigue (Nothofagus dombeyi) and the deciduous lenga (Nothofagus sp.). The lakes were crystal clear and as cold as ice. At one point hiking up the mountain we were trekking through snow, which was unexpected. ... read more
South America » Chile » Araucanía » Villarrica

Chilean Flag Prior to the coming of the Spanish in the 16th century, northern Chile was under Inca rule while Araucanian Indians inhabited central and southern Chile; the latter were not completely subjugated until the early 1880s. Although Chile declared its ind... ... read more
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