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Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center)

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Address: Main Street next to ANAM, El Valle de Anton, Panama
Phone Number: 00507-983-6472
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Description: APROVACA is an orchid nursery & conservation center. We display over 100...
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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small and interesting

Very interesting. Didn't realise how many there are and some so tiny you need a magnifying glass. Worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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El Valle de Anton, Panama
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El Valle de Anton, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Very interesting. Didn't realise how many there are and some so tiny you need a magnifying glass. Worth a visit.

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a very small sanctuary for the growth of orchids. The volunteers are clearly devoted to their work and their commitment is touching. Unfortunately everything is mainly in spanish so we were a bit limited in some of our understanding. Nevertheless we were glad we visited.

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Cabanas Potosi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The orchid gardens of El Valle gives you the experience of seeing many beautiful flowers. The Orchid Garden was started by a Japanese young girl to save the orchids from being taken out of El Valle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The orchid exhibit was very beautiful. The guide, Chris, is an American who volunteers there. Her explanations helped me better appreciate these botanical wonders in all different sizes.

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Carstairs, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited at the beginning of the rainy season. With the wide variety of orchids there is always something in bloom. We visited on Saturday and got a guided tour! Admission is a couple dollars and they are funded by locals who want to protect the many species. We learned lots and took many pics. We would recommend a visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I visited this place with my mom cause she just love orchids. This is not a showroom of orchids, and more a very dedicated people worried about their extinction and trying to save them, by catalog and map all different one in Panama. They grow them in kind of greenhouse and after they place them in the forest. They show... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

It was a nice look at orchids. Small nursery but very petty. It can be seen quickly and is a good break in the day.

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La Center, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Nice place to visit. The best time would be June or later. Early March, not a lot of Orchids in bloom. This is only going to get better as time goes by.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Nice collection of indigenous orchids, however when we went in February basically none of them had flowers, since it's not their blossoming season. Recommended to be visited in June.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This was a very interesting place with a mission. They are trying to save native orchids that are being lost to development. Visually, this place is disappointing. It is really the story (& the enthusiastic staff) that make this place interesting.

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