Dracula is real!

It is one on the thousands of orchids in Finca Dracula

Inspiration

to visitors, artists, scientist and our community with the beauty and complexity of nature

Conservation

of orchids and nature through education

Research

by supporting scientists with our extensive collection and local knowledge

  • Inspiration

    to visitors, artists, scientist and our community with the beauty and complexity of nature

  • Conservation

    of orchids and nature through education

  • Research

    by supporting scientists with our extensive collection and local knowledge

The Finca

Finca Dracula was built in Cerro Punta, in what is known as the green basket of Panama because of the many of the vegetable produced there.

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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.
Stone stairs going up in the garden of Finca Dracula natural touristic attraction

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).

Andres Maduro and Erick olmos in deck on lake of garden of Finca Dracula touristic attraction

Over the years, Andrew planted a large variety of trees and plants that incorporate the wilderness of the surrounding park.

Bromeliads

This has made it home to a large number of animals that take shelter in this paradise.
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The Dracula

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.

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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.

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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.

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So add that the Dracula orchid with his love of horror movies and you’ve got “Finca Dracula”.

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