The second star to the right, shines in the night for you #apistudyabroad #apiphotocontest #nofilter (at Playa Abarca)
Seven wonders status. Cross Machu Picchu off the list. #apistudyabroad #apiphotocontest
Sadly, even Chilean screw-top wine does not improve after having been opened and sitting in a closet for a week. #tgif
All of these are from yesterday—we took a quick trip to Lago Peñuelas National Park, a private reserve outside of Viña.
The reserve is home to a number of endemic plant and animal species, some of which can only be found within this area. Both llamas and guanacos move in small herds, as well as semi-wild horses and “country” cows, which are HUGE.
The reserve also has a program that starts tree saplings that grow within the park, as part of CONAF’s program “One Chilean, one tree”.
The lake of the park is actually a semi-ephemeral body of water—in the dry season, it is about as large as seen here. After the rains of the fall and winter, it covers about 1700 hectares. The surrounding communities use the lake as a source of water, so the current low levels are slightly alarming, especially considering the presence of algae on the perimeter. High nutrient levels combined with a lack of rain could lead to eutrophication in the future.
The Park also has well-maintained walking paths for handicapped visitors, which lead through a savannah-like area. The trees are acacia—“giraffe trees”.
Also, the park has a number of eucalyptus groves scattered through the area.