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“So many different orchids”

Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center)
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 4 April 2016

An interesting and educational visit among the blossoms. The Nursery provides tours of their 100+/- different orchids and other flowering plants.

Thank Steve L
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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 the Rey supermarket on the left, look for a left turn onto a street with 2 concrete tracks(there is also a hostel on the small road). Orchid Nursery is at the end of the road.

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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.

Thank expat422
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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.

Thank wayrobinson
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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 not critical if you're just looking for a way to spend an hour or so looking at something Panama does quite well.

Thank dps_Sedona
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