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Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center)

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Main Street next to ANAM, El Valle de Anton 1001, Panama
+507 983-6472
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Fun, low key spot where you can support local volunteer efforts

Our group of 6 adults very much enjoyed the short tour(time & distance). Dozens of blooming orchids... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2016
likesnativeplants
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Orchid Nursery for Orchid Lovers

The guide had tremendous knowledge of orchids, native medicinal plants, local culture, and the... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2016
expat422
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Carbondale, Illinois
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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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Main Street next to ANAM, El Valle de Anton 1001, Panama
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Reviewed 3 March 2016

Our group of 6 adults very much enjoyed the short tour(time & distance). Dozens of blooming orchids plus other flowers and herbs. There is only 1 sign just out of town( on Hwy 71 as you drive up from the Pan American). As you pass...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2016

The guide had tremendous knowledge of orchids, native medicinal plants, local culture, and the variety of orchids. Takes about 30-45 minutes to view. Would be suitable for families and children. Nice exhibit.

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Reviewed 25 January 2016

There are over 1000 species in Panama and they have well over 100. The guide was great and even spoke some English. The vanilla orchid was our favorite.

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Reviewed 24 January 2016

Not a large exhibit but lots of beautiful orchids on exhibit being grown in their natural habitat. A very easy stroll through the orchids. We were with a guide that knew all the orchids if you really want to drill down into the detail. But...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2016

A wonderful and knowledgeable volunteer gave us a thorough tour of the small but very interesting conservation program. Well worth a half-hour of time and $2. Worthy of support from orchid lovers and conservationists.

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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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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.

1  Thank PattyChoux
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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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Reviewed 24 December 2015

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

1  Thank Pjrgo
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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...More

1  Thank carranj
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laureensprock
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Response from Panabirds | Reviewed this property |
The nearest one is not so close to the city. Google Nattur Center at Champion and check what they have!
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alli99705
27 December 2015|
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Response from Sandra S | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the rest. Every time I have been to El Valle, orquids are full bloom. I hope you enjoy your time in El Valle. Is easy to get around and people are extremely friendly.
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