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Finca Dracula

Panama, Latin America

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  • Crossing Río Chiriquí Viejo at the entrance.- Finca Dracula
  • The entrance.- Finca Dracula
  • Flora along the paths to the entrance.- Finca Dracula
  • Follow the signs to the exhibition.- Finca Dracula
  • The path to the entrance.- Finca Dracula
  • A covered patio where guests check in.- Finca Dracula
  • Maidenhair fern at reception.- Finca Dracula
  • Flora at reception.- Finca Dracula
  • In the greenhouse.- Finca Dracula
  • In the greenhouse.- Finca Dracula
  • Finca Drácula hosts a wide variety of orchids.- Finca Dracula
  • Finca Drácula hosts a wide variety of orchids.- Finca Dracula
  • Some orchids are no bigger than a fingernail.- Finca Dracula
  • Finca Drácula hosts a wide variety of orchids.- Finca Dracula
  • Finca Drácula hosts a wide variety of orchids.- Finca Dracula
  • This orchid is nicknamed "the hummingbird orchid," both because of its shape and because of its typical pollinators.- Finca Dracula
  • Some orchids are no bigger than a fingernail.- Finca Dracula
  • Some orchids are no bigger than a fingernail.- Finca Dracula
  • Some orchids are no bigger than a fingernail.- Finca Dracula
  • Some orchids are no bigger than a fingernail.- Finca Dracula
  • Named "espiritu santo" because of its resemblance to a dove, this orchid is the national flower of Panama.- Finca Dracula
  • This orchid's petals lie inside; the flashy pink and orange are actually sepals.- Finca Dracula
  • Pathways through the garden.- Finca Dracula
  • Impatiens.- Finca Dracula
  • Ferns.- Finca Dracula
  • Orchids in their natural habitat.- Finca Dracula
  • The house built in 1920 by Swiss German immigrants.- Finca Dracula
  • The angel's trumpet is highly hallucinogenic, and it was traditionally used by local shaman.- Finca Dracula
  • Pathways through the garden.- Finca Dracula
  • Gunnera, otherwise known as poor man's umbrella.- Finca Dracula
  • The garden hosts a series of ponds.- Finca Dracula
  • The garden hosts a series of ponds.- Finca Dracula
  • This pond is a favorite location for the elusive quetzal, which is known to visit in February and March.- Finca Dracula
  • Orchids in their natural habitat.- Finca Dracula
  • Pathways through the garden.- Finca Dracula
  • Pathways through the garden.- Finca Dracula
  • Flora in the garden.- Finca Dracula
  • Orchids in their natural habitat.- Finca Dracula
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Pros: 
Amazing variety of orchids. Scenic.
Cons: 
No option for a self-guided tour.
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Region:
Panama, LT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Other
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer
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Adventure Description

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Finca Drácula is a famed orchid farm – in fact it is reputed to be one of the largest collections of rare orchids in the world. This isn't hard to believe, as it contains more than 2,200 different orchid species from Central and South America. Not all will be in bloom at any given time, but even in the off-season there will be plenty on display. In addition to the greenhouse, the 22 acres host a variety of orchids, bromeliads, and many other plants in a natural setting. On the site is a house built by Swiss German immigrants in 1920. In the 1960s the Maduro family acquired the property and transformed the farm into a garden.

The objective of the finca now is to accumulate a collection of orchids that are in danger of disappearing due to climate change, deforestation, or pests. The site's altitude, 2,000 meters above sea level, places it in a unique position in a cloud forest that can host several species of orchids found nowhere else in the world. Finca Drácula is committed to scientific research, having discovered about 150 species of orchids previously unknown.

The only way to view the collection and the grounds is with a tour (conducted every hour on the hour, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, excepting noon), but this is one tour that's worth giving up the solitude of nature for. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and are eager to share all sorts of botanical information with interested guests.

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