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Bromeliad Island, Yuquiyú.
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“Before Columbus, yuquiyu would have been the Taino name of a secretive place like this one

where tame human voices fall silent in the wild presence of overgrown beauty…”

Margarita Engle

 

A photo history of the Heliconia Trail…

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On the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, we have established a retreat for guests seeking quiet relaxation, reflection and renewal in a sanctuary-like environment. After seven years of searching for the ideal property, we acquired a diamond-in-the-rough, now cut and polished to reveal a cascading river and a panorama of El Yunque rainforest. The indigenous people, the Tainos, believed that Yuquiyú, their god of light and life, dwelled in its cloud-covered peaks. “Yuquiyú” also meant a natural place so beautiful they could feel the presence of their god. To honor him and his sacred gardens, we have spent ten years creating our own tropical garden amidst ancient boulders and vistas that could have inspired a Chinese landscape painting. Heliconias, gingers, bromeliads, cordylines and royal palms provide beauty and shade from a brilliant sun, while blossoms of ylang-ylang and frangipani perfume the air. Gentle trade winds, the haunting calls of the Puerto Rican Screech-Owl and singing tree frogs create a peaceful and enlivening ambiance. Most of all, Yuquiyú is about tranquility. You can watch clouds swirl around rainforest peaks, walk in the woods, meditate by the river, swim in a natural pool and contemplate the starry night.

 

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The beginning of the trail from the top of the hill down to the river.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Heliconia psittacorum ‘Andromeda’.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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A rainstorm over El Yunque rainforest.
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Etlingera elatior ‘Sweet Pink’ torch ginger.
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Heliconia psittacorum x spathocircinata ‘Guyana’.
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Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) flowers — their essential oil is the chief ingredient in Chanel No. 5 perfume.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Passion fruit (passiflora edulis ‘forma flavicarpa’).
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Heliconia rostrata.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Bees gathering nectar from the flowers of a Christmas Palm (Adonidia merrillii).
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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The trail into Rasta Island, shaded by Heliconia bihai x caribaea ‘Criswick’.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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The trail into Bromeliad Island.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Walking through Bromeliad Island.
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A view of Bromeliad Island with El Yunque rainforest in the distance.
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The Regalis Trail.
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The bud of a Etlingera elatior Red Tulip Torch Ginger.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Etlingera elatior Red Tulip Torch Ginger.
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A view to the north from El Mirador Trail.
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El Mirador Rock.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Further along El Mirador Trail.
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The She Kong Trail.
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Cascada Petrificada (Petrified Waterfall) rock formation.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Heliconia curtispatha.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Heliconia standleyi.
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A cascade and pool in the Yuquiyú River.
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A Green Iguana (Iguana iguana).
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Tne canyon and Yuquiyú River.
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Green Heron (Butorides virescens).
Sometimes Green Herons drop food, insects or other small objects on the water’s surface
to attract fish, making them one of the few known tool-using animal species.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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A view of the river from the She Kong Trail.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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Agricultural terraces.
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El Yunque rainforest on a clear day.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

 


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