A Botanical Garden With Culture

River Caguitas
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Driving without a plan is exciting. We jump into diverse places, as happened with this charming park. We fully enjoyed this beautiful paradise, where vegetation is not the only actor; as a river cuts through all the spacious green areas, and native trees make the attractions better in the Botanical Garden; offering a relaxing atmosphere which makes it an ideal destination for visitors and tourists from all over the world. It is located in the Municipal of Caguas near the main cities of the island of Puerto Rico, just 30 minutes from San Juan, the capital.

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The Botanical Garden And Cultural William Miranda Marin
The Botanical Garden And Cultural William Miranda Marin | Source
The biography is linked to this picture and the picture is from the link below.
The biography is linked to this picture and the picture is from the link below. | Source

William Miranda Marín

In honor of William Miranda Marín (1940 - 2010) the former mayor of the municipality and visionary of the project, the Botanical Garden and Cultural William Miranda Marín is a theme park designed to educate the public about the Puerto Rican culture in relation to nature and tropical agriculture. This park, occupies about 60 acres of land that were once part of the old sugar mill Hacienda San Jose, the agricultural production center vital in Turabo Valley during the nineteenth century and the first half twentieth century. It's wealth and charm make the Botanical Gardens and Cultural William Miranda Marín a true national treasure.

Before I keep on with the parts of the park let me present a picture of the former major and a link to an article when he received The World Harmony Run Torch in The Botanical Gardens.

Multicultural heritage

Adding to the above, the Botanical Garden and Cultural William Miranda Marín exposes the rich multicultural heritage that forms the Creole heritage of the cagüeños and Puerto Ricans. In joining texture fibers of the Tainos, African and Spanish, the Garden celebrates the roots of Creole-the sum of our three-ethnicity projecting various recreational and educational areas, with special emphasis on the historical values ​​of the region and the development of demonstration projects on technologies friendly to the natural environment.

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Bell that woke up the workersInside Jibara HouseOutside Jibara HouseLetrine A place to buy food and natural beverages like my grand-mom used to cook.Suspension bridgeTaino Heritage Indian Taino siteTaino Taino woman preparing casabeAfrican RootsWood bridgeLake with pedal boatsAncient archaeological site wit San JoseAncient archaeological site wit San JoseAncient archaeological site wit San JoseAncient archaeological site wit San JosePart of the Ancient archaeological site wit San JoseSugar cane chimney Ancient archaeological site wit San JoseEntrance of the chimney Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose
Bell that woke up the workers
Bell that woke up the workers | Source
Inside Jibara House
Inside Jibara House | Source
Outside Jibara House
Outside Jibara House | Source
Letrine
Letrine | Source
A place to buy food and natural beverages like my grand-mom used to cook.
A place to buy food and natural beverages like my grand-mom used to cook. | Source
Suspension bridge
Suspension bridge | Source
Taino Heritage
Taino Heritage | Source
Indian Taino site
Indian Taino site | Source
Taino
Taino | Source
Taino woman preparing casabe
Taino woman preparing casabe | Source
African Roots
African Roots | Source
Wood bridge
Wood bridge | Source
Lake with pedal boats
Lake with pedal boats | Source
Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose
Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose | Source
Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose
Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose | Source
Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose
Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose | Source
Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose
Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose | Source
Part of the Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose
Part of the Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose | Source
Sugar cane chimney Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose
Sugar cane chimney Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose | Source
Entrance of the chimney Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose
Entrance of the chimney Ancient archaeological site wit San Jose | Source

Educational Areas

  • The Taino Ancestral Grove, celebrates the Indian heritage of Creole through a monumental public art project inspired by the indigenous batey.
  • The African Ancestral Arboleda, is a place of remembrance and respect to our African ancestors.
  • The Grove Consciousness, invites us to reflect on the importance of protecting our natural resources, introducing various tree species threatened with extinction.
  • The Jibara House and Family Seeding Agriculture, honors farming grandparents of Puerto Rico.
  • The field of Puerto Rican Artisan, celebrates the creativity of our people in carving,
  • The Forest Heritage, displays 36 species of native and endemic trees of great ecological, food and of practical value to our ancestors.

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Tropical flora

The Garden features tropical flora in all its exuberance and variety.

  • The Fruit Orchard, exhibits 50 species of native and foreign fruit trees that have been part of the Puerto Rican recipes.
  • Planting of "Blood-wood"; is popularly known by that name, by it's predilection for wet conditions, it inhabits the river Cagüitas.
  • The Palmar, exhibits dozens of species of palms from around the world for their distributed geographical areas.
  • The Bambular, born in Plaza Agricultural and along the river Caguitas, is a collection of different species of this type of cane or reed.
  • The Florida Arboleda, is a feast of colors that allows us to enjoy 40 species of trees.
  • The Taino Manigua, is an expression to describe a tropical wetland, ecosystem characterized by water-saturated soils and vegetation adapted to the lack of oxygen in the soil.
  • The Riparian Corridor, is a planting plan aimed at stimulating the natural process of regeneration of the vegetation that surrounds the river Cagüitas.
  • The Aquatic Plant Garden and Tropical Fish, occupies space within the historic area of ​​the old hacienda, with a pond for cultivation of aquatic plants and a tropical fish hatchery.
  • The Urban Agricultural Square, consists of six areas for the production of hydroponics, plant propagation and practical use.
  • The Butterfly, is a space in the historic area dedicated to the breeding and spread of butterflies which offers the experience of being in contact with these beautiful creatures.

So much to see and enjoy

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Puerto Rican's Ethnic Heritage Natural turtle environmentWaterfall entranceOne of the bridgesLastheart passing by one of the bridgesChangoRiver CaguitasFroggy213 found one of his cousinsEducational boardsPart of the archaeological site of the Hacienda San Jose
Puerto Rican's Ethnic Heritage
Puerto Rican's Ethnic Heritage | Source
Natural turtle environment
Natural turtle environment | Source
Waterfall entrance
Waterfall entrance | Source
One of the bridges
One of the bridges | Source
Lastheart passing by one of the bridges
Lastheart passing by one of the bridges | Source
Chango
Chango | Source
River Caguitas
River Caguitas | Source
Froggy213 found one of his cousins
Froggy213 found one of his cousins | Source
Educational boards
Educational boards | Source
Part of the archaeological site of the Hacienda San Jose
Part of the archaeological site of the Hacienda San Jose | Source

Responsibilities during the visit

The Botanical Garden and Cultural William Miranda Marín requires respect and the need of following some responsibilities by the visitors which will allow the fulfillment of a enjoyable visit.

  1. Do not smoke in any of the facilities of the Garden.
  2. Wear appropriate clothing for the tropics and comfortable walking shoes.
  3. Use sunscreen and rain protection, especially during the months between May and November.
  4. Do not bring food, beverages, including alcohol, televisions or radios without headphones.
  5. Do not bring animals, except guide dogs.
  6. Do not leave children unattended at any time. They should always be accompanied by an adult.
  7. It is not allowed to damage the flora and fauna of the garden, so it is not allowed to take any of it's items, except those purchased in the garden shop.
  8. You are not allowed to touch the exhibits in the Visitor Center and Exhibition, including audiovisual equipment.

One of the wonderful flowers found in the garden
One of the wonderful flowers found in the garden | Source

Come enjoy this beautiful natural environment,

The Botanical Garden and Cultural of Caguas was designed for walking tours to enjoy all it's splendor. If you prefer, there are three tours done with golf carts, and they have a small additional cost to the Garden general admission. For more information on the Cultural and Botanical Gardens of Caguas call: 787-653-8990.

Come enjoy this beautiful natural environment, in harmony with the universe and validate the importance of protecting this and all the world's ecosystems. Be prepared to photograph like we did; flowers, birds and all the beauty that the Botanical Garden and Cultural William Miranda Marin wants to share with you and future generations.

Hours and Costs
Price Check:
Adults (13 + years) $ 7.00
Children (7-12 years) $ 4.00
Seniors (60 +) $ 4.00
Hours:
Thursday to Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The parking lots are limited in terms of the ability of the Park. We recommend to call or book to ensure parking.

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

5 stars for Botanical Garden and Cultural William Miranda Marín

© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I like everything connected with botanic gardens! Nice pictures!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a beautiful place; thank you for a great tour!


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Pavlo Badovskyy thanks! gardens are a wonderful place to be in.


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Froggy213 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

Great hub and it was fun spending these moments with you.


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

billybuc thanks! This is another place for you and your lady when you come to Puerto Rico.


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Froggy213 thanks same words back to you.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

What a superior paradise of a journey you brought me on and kudos to the very talented and Nature friendly creative mind of William Miranda Marín. A man ahead of his time.


Francisco Ros Andreu 4 years ago

Muy muy bonito y espectacular , un sitio a donde visitar cuando vaya a Puerto Rico


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

When I return to Puerto Rico, I will definitely visit this place. It seems like a beautiful place. Thanks for letting us know about it. Puerto Rico has SO many wonderful attractions.

Beautiful photos here, too.


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

shiningirisheyes your comment has adjectives that truly define this Garden. Thanks for your comment.


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Francisco Ros Andreu and mary615 I am happy that bought of you have Puerto Rico in your plans. Welcome to all the rest.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting and I just love the pictures. Thanks.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

rajan jolly thanks for stopping by.


Delma 21 months ago

It's really great that people are sharing this inmoofatirn.

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