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Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

1/2 mile from Bocas Town | 200m past Smithsonian Institute, Isla Colon, Panama
507 757 9461
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Isla Colon
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Finca Los Monos (the Monkey Farm) is situated on Isla Colon, the largest island in the enchanting archipelago of Bocas del Toro, , Panama. The islands... more » Owner description: Finca Los Monos (the Monkey Farm) is situated on Isla Colon, the largest island in the enchanting archipelago of Bocas del Toro, , Panama. The islands enjoy a steady temperature of between 80 and 93 degrees (27 C – 33 C) all year round, with adequate rainfall to keep them lush and humid. Over the years we have created a magnificent garden with large collections of heleconias, gingers, palms, flowering trees, fruit trees, spices and ornamentals. New plants are constantly being added to the property. « less
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Although the Gardens' website lists only certain days when it is open, we emailed and arranged with Linda (Lin) the owner to visit privately at the same time as two other people who wanted to see the gardens. Lin welcomed us and offered some insect repellent just to make sure we were comfortable on our tour, though it wasn't particularly... More

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Pittsburg, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Not only beautiful flowers and variety of tropical plants and animals but also the knowledge acquired made this tour a wonderful experience. Our tour guide answered all the questions with great expertise and confidence. Anybody who wants to understand tropical surroundings would benefit greatly from this tour. One of the most beautiful places I've been in Panama. Photo ops abound!... More

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Durango, CO
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Although it was very hot and humid we had an amazing experience learning about the many flora and fauna throughout the garden. Our guide was wonderful and very knowledgable. Thank you.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Panama. The woman who created the garden is the tour guide and she tells a wonderful story of how it came to be. She also know every plant, where to find certain birds, and where to find monkeys. The tour ends with refreshments. It runs at least 20 hours... More

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GT
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We had a wonderful tour by Lyn. Very informative, I recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in the flora and fauna of Panama.

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Calgary, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We toured Finca Los Monos in Bocas in February with some friends. The work that Lin and Dave have done to the property is amazing. To think you can transform the jungle like that is amazing. Lin's knowledge of all the plants, bugs, animals and ecosystem is amazing. Had to video tape it all just to remember!. If you are... More

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Halifax, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I am not 'into' gardening at all but my friend with whom I was travelling loves tropical rainforest.plants, etc. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed myself. Not just because of the beauty surrounding me but mostly because of Lin and her personality. She was a fun, quick-to-smile host as she led us through her gardens, naming plants and... More

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Garrison,NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Lin and her husband "Kiwi" have created an exceptional garden. On our walkking tour we saw birds, monkeys, vaireities of tropical plantings and amazing infomration from Lin on how they developed this special place. We also saw a beautiful pool and platform for what we would imagine to be perfect settings for weddings. See their info on Facebook and go... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

When in Bocas, please put down the beer, grab a large bottle of water, some comfortable walking shoes and a broad brimmed hat and spend some time at the Botanical Garden. We went without calling and found the gardens to be closed but it was still full of life outside the gates. We called to arrange a tour the next... More

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Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Just stunning beauty. The collection of orchids, heliconias, palms and trees is a real marvel. Besides the beauty of the park we enjoyed the walking encyclopedia Gil (the owner) who really know all there is to know about what grows on her property. It´s amazing what she and her husband have done with the site. Don´t miss it!

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