“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
The indigenous people of Puerto Rico believed that their god Yuquiyú dwelled in ithe rainforest’s cloud-covered peaks. “Yuquiyú” also meant a natural place so beautiful they could feel the presence of that god. To honor him, we have spent ten years creating a three-acre garden with vistas that could have inspired a Chinese landscape painting. Tropical plants and a thousand palms provide beauty and shade from a brilliant sun, while blossoms of ylang-ylang perfume the air. Gentle trade winds, the sound of the river 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, rejuvenate in a natural pool, be enchanted by the moon and contemplate the starry night. Photos.