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Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center)

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Main Street next to ANAM, El Valle de Anton 1001, Panama
+507 983-6472
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Nice introduction to mini orchids

Really enjoyed my visit. We had a very pleasant young lady who showed us the orchids, especially... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2015
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Flora & fauna of Panama

Beautiful grounds, relaxing atmosphere,well worth the time to schedule a visit, You won't be sorry... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2015
Cambutal, Panama
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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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Main Street next to ANAM, El Valle de Anton 1001, Panama
+507 983-6472

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Reviewed 28 November 2015

Really enjoyed my visit. We had a very pleasant young lady who showed us the orchids, especially the ones in bloom. After reading the previous post, I almost didn't go. Really glad I did. The sobralias were beautiful, as were all the mini orchids.

Thank Dht8813
Reviewed 16 September 2015

Beautiful grounds, relaxing atmosphere,well worth the time to schedule a visit, You won't be sorry for coming.

Thank TimR4444
Reviewed 15 August 2015

Very interesting. Didn't realise how many there are and some so tiny you need a magnifying glass. Worth a visit.

1  Thank linedanceangel
Reviewed 13 August 2015

This is a very small sanctuary for the growth of orchids. The volunteers are clearly devoted to their work and their commitment is touching. Unfortunately everything is mainly in spanish so we were a bit limited in some of our understanding. Nevertheless we were glad...More

Thank Eluned1
Reviewed 30 July 2015

The orchid gardens of El Valle gives you the experience of seeing many beautiful flowers. The Orchid Garden was started by a Japanese young girl to save the orchids from being taken out of El Valle.

Thank Mireya Bernal W
Reviewed 21 July 2015

The orchid exhibit was very beautiful. The guide, Chris, is an American who volunteers there. Her explanations helped me better appreciate these botanical wonders in all different sizes.

Thank mark k
Reviewed 19 April 2015 via mobile

We visited at the beginning of the rainy season. With the wide variety of orchids there is always something in bloom. We visited on Saturday and got a guided tour! Admission is a couple dollars and they are funded by locals who want to protect...More

1  Thank Tim P
Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

I visited this place with my mom cause she just love orchids. This is not a showroom of orchids, and more a very dedicated people worried about their extinction and trying to save them, by catalog and map all different one in Panama. They grow...More

2  Thank Claudio T
Reviewed 31 March 2015

It was a nice look at orchids. Small nursery but very petty. It can be seen quickly and is a good break in the day.

Thank Lina C
Reviewed 27 March 2015

Nice place to visit. The best time would be June or later. Early March, not a lot of Orchids in bloom. This is only going to get better as time goes by.

Thank 98629Mark
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12 May 2017|
Response from Panabirds | 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.