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“Educational & Local”

Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center)
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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!
Reviewed June 8, 2012

the orchid center is small, but the people are very caring. I was given a personal tour by a young man who spoke English. The facts he told were very educational and his knowledge was quite extensive. The center works to grow and re-habitate rare, endagered and indigenous orchids from and back into the forests and jungles of Panama.I would estimate at least 40 species of orchid on display. They also have quite a few lovely Phalaenopsis for sale, along with a very small gift counter.

Thank MissNic253
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

I did not know a lot about orchid....I like gardening a little bit so that place was interesting for me...I mean they have a lot of variety and they explain everything pretty well...maybe it's depending on the guide...It's not to big...but fair an off for those plant...They also offer some beds and if you like to work a little bit, you can do a volontering program and having food and accommodation in exchange... could be good for the one who have some expertise to implant over there or to learn about Orchid...

Thank Simon T S
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

It is pretty boring - unless you are an orchid fanatic - they have some pretty orchids - but so does the market - which is much more fun

Thank Chocolate666
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

such enthusiasum by lovely volunteer from Austria she took us around and told us all the information about not just orchids but everything here

Thank Nanadid
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

Worth the visit only two dollars to get in some really interesting orchids make sure to smell the vanilla and the walk is enjoyed not too far from the town Central about a half hour

Thank luxorgoods
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