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Banana "tree" - several types
Mango - several types
Guanabana - Soursop
Carambola - Starfruit
Hibiscus - variious
Heliconia - 10 types
Gingers - various incl:
Shell, Red, Torch, Beehive,
Spiral, Kahili. White
Shower of Orchids
Bougainvilla - various
Rain of Coral
Hibiscus - various
Bird of Paradise
Bromeliads - various
Orchids - various
Queen of the Night
Crotons - various
Ferns - dozens of types
What you won't find:
poisonous snakes and dangerous animals, which makes hiking through the jungles and rivers safer and more pleasant. And, there are virtually no mosquitos here at Maravilla. As our guest Jade said: "It's Costa Rica without the bugs!"
But there are many kinds of entertaining small lizards, tiny coqui frogs and many species of birds (see below) And some surprising wildlife, such as mongooses, crabs and crayfish.
Although we are not highly experienced birdwatchers, these are some of the birds we have seen and identified at Maravilla:
Puerto Rican Tody (mediopeso)
PR Emerald Hummingbird
Green Mango Hummingbird
PR Lizard Cuckoo (bobo)
PR screech Owl
Pin tail Wydah
Puerto Rican Woodpecker
Doves and Pigeons
Bee Hummingbird or Vervain Hummingbird
Some of the trees and plants here at Maravilla - We hope that you may help us identify more!
We are located within a half hour of these fabulous gardens.
Sadhu Govardhan Gardens -The most diversified collection in the Caribbean, with over 300 species and a bamboo nursery. A sustainable tropical model.
Plants and Gardens
-Heliconias, gingers and an extensive collection of fruits, nuts and spices, in a beautiful setting.
Ice Cream Bean
Ficus - various
Flamboyant - Royal Poinciana
Roble - Spanish Oak
Palms - various
The Elfin Woods Warbler is only about a half-hour from Maravilla, in the Maricao State Forest.
Maravilla Gardens Update: Nov. 2013
Our vegetable garden is blooming and booming with lots of organic green leafies!
TARS - Tropical Agricultural Research Station in Mayaguez
Birds Plants Climate Animals
Average temperatures are 75 to 85F. Winter evenings can be cool, making a cozy fire enjoyable. There is a rainy (green) season in the spring and in the fall. Mornings are almost always clear, rainy seasons bring afternoon showers. Be aware that if you look online, the weather here may appear more rainy and hotter than it is. The weather varies somewhat throughout the island - the mountains are cooler, the southern and western areas are drier. Here at Maravilla, November through March may be virtually rain-free.
Historically, the height of hurricane season is September. The western end of Puerto Rico does not usually get much or any affect from hurricanes, although they may go through San Juan.
The last hurricane to come into this area was Georges, in 1998. Before that, there had been no significant hurricane activity here for sixty years.
Maravilla has approximately 50+ acres available for hiking.. There are more than three waterways originating on or crossing the property. These lead to larger rivers and waterfalls.
The geography is very hilly and sneakers and/or boots are recommended. The earth itself is comprised mostly of red and other colored clays and you will find very interesting and varied stones in the waterways. We are at an elevation of about 1500 feet, which gives us some wonderful views and cool breezes.
PR Lizard Cuckoo