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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!
Amsterdam
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A little gem!”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

No, I did not see the orchids as it was the wrong time. But what a little gem this place is. To just sit there and watch the birds feed themselves, and walk between the many flowers... so enjoyable.
And all that for 1 dollar (for 65+ that is, others pay a whole 2 dollars!)
Rent a bike and cycle there. Really worthwhile spending an hour or so there.

Visited March 2013
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Panama City, Panama
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33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We really enjoyed the orchid nursery and our guide was very well informed about orchids. They even have miniature orchids for sale and herb/medicinal plants too. Lovely tour.

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great place to see some beautiful orchids”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

The wife and I stopped here and were pleasantly surprised to see such a large collection of orchids. plan on 1 to 2 hours for this. if you have the time sit and watch the bird feeder it was great.

Visited February 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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239 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Easy to miss - but don't”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

It's a ways off the road and doesn't look to promising but wait until you get inside! I've seldom had the opportunity to see so many wild orchids and what a treat to have enthusiastic guides ( ours was student working on a grant). It was hearting to see and be able to support the serious conservation effort going on here.

Visited January 2013
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Panama, Rep of Panama.
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Beautiful orchids and great conservation effort.”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We loved the walk through the garden. They are making a great effort in the conservation of the local flora, specifically with the wild orchids. We are used to see the more commercial flowers but, when you admire this wild ones, sometimes tiny ones is amazing. The lady that gave us the tour was very friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend buying the cd if you will like to have a handy help in identifying orchids in the wild.

Visited December 2012
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