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Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center)

Address: Main Street next to ANAM, El Valle de Anton, Panama
Phone Number: 00507-983-6472
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: APROVACA is an orchid nursery & conservation center. We display over 100 beautiful orchids, most of...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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!
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Tonosi, Panama
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is a nice spot for a stroll. The entrance fee helps maintain the elaborate nurseries. They have the famed Panamanian Ghost Orchid. If you're there around October, chances are you'll get to see them in bloom.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

the time of the year really didn't allow me to see the orchids in full bloom. However, that all said they had a very extensive collection. I have found that by wandering around some of the local garden centers you can find more options. Went to a garden center on the way up to Cerro Gailtal and found one with... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This charming little garden is a 5 Star Attraction during bloom season. Other months offer little in the way of orchid blooms, but the garden is pretty, well done and it is a learning experience for most. Certainly worth the $2.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

At Aprovaca we had some happy surprises, probably because we knew prior to visiting the Orchid Nursery that it was a small place with a $2 entry fee. After the attendant took our money (Less than $5 per person to see some of the most beautiful orchids!) she then told us (in Spanish, but we could still understand enough for... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Guides are very knowledgeable! You have to pay a small fee! but it is worth it as long as the orchids are in bloom!!!

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Really loved this little center. It is surprisingly big when you start to walk around the grounds. Nothing is in bloom right now (Dec.) with the majority of orchids blooming August through October. No matter, it's still a really nice place to walk around and feel peaceful. The guide walking around with us spoke no English, but even without much... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We paid the $2 to get in and have a tour by a non English speaking, kind gentleman. However, not much was blooming and it was confusing as to what we should look at. This could be passed on a trip through El Valle.

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Asheville
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13 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is a nice little hostel / botanical garden with an amazing variety of orchids and a decent amount of other ornamentals as well. Also good place to spot butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

You really must visit the orchid "sanctuary." When trees fall or are cut, volunteers race to cut off and save any orchids. Each year, they repatriate many varieties of orchids back in the forest. We had a lovely English tour by Chris describing many varieties of large and small orchids, many in bloom despite it being October. Just seeing the... More 

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Cold Lake, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We discovered this little hide-away spot by accident. Very beautiful and informational. The guide tried his very best to explain things and lead the way through the little centre. The information was very helpful. Very respectful memorial to others who have provided this sanctuary for area plants. A quick little tour.

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