The rainforest was revered as a sacred site for over a thousand years by the prehistoric Taino natives. They believed that Yuquiyú, their god of light and life, dwelled in its 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 more than a decade 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. Too bad Ponce de Leon didn’t look for the Fountain of Youth right in his own backyard — he might have discovered Yuquiyú.