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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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You can also volunteer here! Fantastic place to visit!

I brought a group of college students to APROVACA to volunteer for half-days during our stay in El... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2018
cziamandanis
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Panama City, Panama
Nursery full of purpose

Beautiful place. Every year volunteers place the orchids back to the mountains. The place is very... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
Verónica B
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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 10 January 2018

I brought a group of college students to APROVACA to volunteer for half-days during our stay in El Valle de Antón. Some painted, some wrote up tags for naming trees and orchid types, as well as past visitors and donators. Overall it was a fantastic...More

Thank cziamandanis
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place. Every year volunteers place the orchids back to the mountains. The place is very organized and also peaceful. Great place to visit.

Thank Verónica B
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Beautiful .....previously a home to a family who grew orchids for love. Well laid out, plants identified. Staff is knowledgeable and pleasant. A wonderful hour. The orchids are delightful!

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

The staff were great about showing us around and explaining everything to us. It was a little bit disappointing that we went when not many of the orchids were in bloom.

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

I highly recommend asking at desk what orchids are in bloom BEFORE you pay admission. Some people see lots and totally enjoy the experience. Others feel ripped off because they only saw 1 little orchid. The staff kept telling me how lucky I was that...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Only one orchid worth looking at, we were done in 10 min. Paid $6 for 2 adult and 2 kids, what a waste!!

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Reviewed 23 June 2017

Aprovaca Orquideas is a non-profit that cultivates and conserves endangered local and regional orchids. Six percent of the wold's orchids can be found in Panama, and more than 150 species are on display here at this nursery.

Thank hortiq
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

Wonderful place. I've never seen so many orchids in one small area. Our guide Ayumi was wonderful. We all absolutely adored her enthusiasm and love for orchids. If you are anywhere near El Valle and need orchids, this is the place.

Thank mdfloyd322
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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Amazing! Worth the visit, great explanation of the process of growing an orchid. If you are a fan, its a must visit!

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Reviewed 28 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!

Thank Panabirds
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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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