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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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Beauty in Simplicity!

A very sober place that safeguards one of Panama best kept secrets: its orquids! From minimal... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Panabirds
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Panama City, Panama
A small place packed with little things, for the detailed oriented

This is a small place, but the place is packed full of different species of flowers, not just... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Newbie248
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Toronto, Canada
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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 29 April 2017

A very sober place that safeguards one of Panama best kept secrets: its orquids! From minimal size orquids to the very complex "Holly Spirt" orquids: you will be baffled. Make sure to learn to use your "macro" setting to get the very best pictures!

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

This is a small place, but the place is packed full of different species of flowers, not just orchids, and we saw lots of birds there, more so than during our bird watching tour because they are closer and we could see them. It looks...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Well, first, the was no guide. The first time we visited them, last year, a guide explained us and took us through the trail. Gave us tons of information. But this time there were no guide and we felt kinda lost. Plus almost no orchids...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This place is dedicated to preserving the dozens of types of orchids found in Panama. Started with a grant from Japan, the grounds and laboratories house most if not all the wild species of orchids in the region and is dedicated to reintroducing them into...More

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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Our third visit over several years. Hundreds of varieties of orchids and some other tropical plants. Very few orchids were flowering in January, try April and later to see more flowers.

Thank Errol P
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

This place is an small but full of love center. They have so many differents types of orchids and other plants. The really nice part of this center is that they don't sell the plants. they grow them to insert in the forest.

2  Thank May R
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

We went in August and at first were disappointed there were not more orchids in bloom. But as we wandered through the gardens, we were captivated by all the other types of plants there, as well as some cool butterflies. There were lots of miniature...More

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Reviewed 28 July 2016

The orchid place is really small, but loaded with rare orchids. They are doing a great service by saving these plants from extiction

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Reviewed 26 May 2016

A nice experience to wander through and see the orchids but the best part was watching all the different birds come into the yard.

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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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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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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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