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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!
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Jason was an exceptional host and guide. And he's got a good sense of humor too! Very informative. Would love to see this small conservation center garner more support and be able to expand

Thank kenta775
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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.

Thank klinkie
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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.

Thank PTYtravelers
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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.

Thank Doug9662
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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.

Thank 662marc
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