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Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center)

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Address: Main Street next to ANAM, El Valle de Anton 1001, Panama
Phone Number: +507 983-6472
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APROVACA is an orchid nursery & conservation center. We display over...

APROVACA is an orchid nursery & conservation center. We display over 100 beautiful orchids, most of which are native to Panama. Entrance is $2, which include a 20-min guided tour of the center in Spanish or the free use of an English self-guided tour booklet. APROVACA is one of the few places where the National Flower of Panama, the Dove Orchid, is grown in the country. In the greenhouse dedicated exclusively to this endangered flower, you can see over 100 plants growing. In fact, each flower has a sponsor, who donates $20 annually to help us care for and protect this gorgeous orchid species. In our recently expanded garden, you can also see many unique orchid species, such as the vanilla orchid (vanilla is actually an orchid!), lady slipper orchids, the Vanda Miss Joaquim (the gorgeous National Flower of Singapore) and many cute little miniature species. As such, there is no better place to learn about the amazingly rich and unique flora of Panama!Apart from admiring the beautiful orchids, you can also buy the Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) and over 20 varieties of herbs and medicinal plants. We also run an internet cafe on our premise, where we offer high-speed internet connection through computers and Wi-Fi, good coffee, homemade cakes and fresh juice. The latest addition to our center is Hostel Orchid, the first genuine backpacker accommodation in El Valle. The rate is $12 per night, which include hot shower, free Wi-Fi and a free visit of the orchid center APROVACA. Please visit our renewed website to learn more about us. We are waiting for your visit!

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Very interesting. Didn't realise how many there are and some so tiny you need a magnifying glass. Worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 August 2015
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Torres Novas, Portugal

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

So nice to see the effort has been made to preserve the orchids of Panama. We never realised there were so many wild orchids here. The guided tour was very interesting and worth the visit!

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Toronto
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

Came to the Orchid Nursery. There were some orchids on the wall when you first came in. Then I was told to wander the paths through the trees. Not one orchid in bloom! So ask before you enter.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Pretty small, well intended and impressive development that used to be funded via Japan and now is self funding. $2 admission with short guided tour and talk.

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Burleson, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

Disappointed. Only one person showing people through so if she is with a group, you are left on your own.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

We have actually been here twice. Whenever you visit things change depending on the season. Last time we went the vanilla orchid was flowering. Each time we visited we have had a guide included in the very reasonable entry fee ( a few dollars). Our guide this time was in Spanish but we got by with a few hand gestures... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

The hotel is very simple, nice, clean and comfortable. Recommended for a traveler in a low budget. Today, I had a nice hike to the sleepy Indian and I highly recommend the services of Mr. Rogelio Alonso. 63931940 or 68124667. He takes cares of you and makes the climb fun and entertaining.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

The orchid gardens of other places have more blooms. But this is non profit, so I understand. There's a section on miniature orchids. But I liked best my calabazo nut-fruit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

Really enjoyed my visit. We had a very pleasant young lady who showed us the orchids, especially the ones in bloom. After reading the previous post, I almost didn't go. Really glad I did. The sobralias were beautiful, as were all the mini orchids.

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Cambutal, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

Beautiful grounds, relaxing atmosphere,well worth the time to schedule a visit, You won't be sorry for coming.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

Very interesting. Didn't realise how many there are and some so tiny you need a magnifying glass. Worth a visit.

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