As far as I know there are only two topiary gardens in Latin America, Parque Francisco Alvarado, in Zarcero, Costa Rica and the Topiary Garden Cemetery in Tulcan, Ecuador.  We paid a visit to both on our Panamerican rambling. The municipal cemetery in Tulcan has the most elaborate topiary in all the Americas. It was started in the 30’s by José Maria Azael Franco and his five sons are continuing the work these days. The elaborate art work is carved out of cypress trees occupying about three acres. The place is breath taking, not only the art work but the 2980 meters altitude playing a role in that. Graveyard tourism is not high on my list but it happens that this is not the first place I visited. Boothill in Nevada City, Montana, Boothill in Tombstone, Arizona, Terlingua in Texas, San Agustin and Tierradentro in Colombia and now Tulcan, Ecuador. The cemetery is a ‘natural tourism site of interest’ recognized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador. The photos in this post are concentrating on the carved trees rather than the tombs.


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