Finca Dracula’s Orchid Collection was built in Cerro Punta, in what is known as the green basket of Panama because of the many of the vegetable produced there.
Cerro Punta is located in the Panamanian Highlands in the Province of Chiriqui, not far from the Costa Rica border.
Back in 1969, when Andrew Maduro decided to purchase the finca (farm), it was mainly cattle pasture with very few trees, the Chiriqui Grande river (fastest river in the country) and a house.
The house was built by Swiss German immigrants around 1920. The whole structure was made of cedar shingles (some of the original ones, dating over 100 years, still remain).
Over the years, Andrew planted a large variety of trees and plants that incorporate the wilderness of the surrounding park.
This has made it home to a large number of animals that take shelter in this paradise.
Because the farm is located up at 2,200 mts (7,200 ft), Andrew Maduro could collect rare and delicate orchid species from the South American cloud forest.
Over the years he went to several orchid shows in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia where he acquired the plants, which together with the Panamanian species now make this an exquisite collection of over 2,000 orchid species and now makes this incredible botanical garden.
The climate was particularly favorable for growing the Dracula genus, of which Finca Dracula has an almost complete collection of 112 of the 120 species of Dracula.
So add that the Dracula orchid with his love of horror movies and you’ve got “Finca Dracula”.