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Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center)

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Interesting place

The staff were great about showing us around and explaining everything to us. It was a little bit... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2017
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Great or Terrible? Depends on what's in bloom when you visit.

I highly recommend asking at desk what orchids are in bloom BEFORE you pay admission. Some people... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2017
Arequipa, Peru
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APROVACA is an orchid nursery & conservation center. We display over 100 beautiful orchids, most of which are native to Panama. We are one of the few places where the National Flower of Panama, the Holy Ghost Orchid, is grown. In the greenhouse...more
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Main Street next to ANAM, El Valle de Anton 1001, Panama
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

I truly believe this is a beautiful place - if the orchids are blooming. There were very few flowers blooming when we were there, but it was still a nice place to walk around for 20 minutes or so.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Amber N
Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

Knowledgeable staff can answer all your orchid questions. There are prolongation rooms and lots of orchids on the trees and in display areas.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed January 10, 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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank cziamandanis
Reviewed September 24, 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.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank 780ver_nicab
Reviewed September 6, 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!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Schipblack
Reviewed August 20, 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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Coronado55
Reviewed August 19, 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

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Over60Nomad
Reviewed July 11, 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!!

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank lasseskytteknudsen
Reviewed June 23, 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.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank hortiq
Reviewed June 19, 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.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank mdfloyd322
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May 11, 2017|
Response from benytourguide | 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.