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Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

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1/2 mile from Bocas Town | 200m past Smithsonian Institute, Isla Colon, Panama
+507 757-9461
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Beautiful Botanical Garden

I recommend taking the tour. Very nice gardens, well maintained and easy to walk around. The... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2018
Larry R
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Solvang, California
A Must Do in Bocas!

Very informative walking tour about the variety of plants and animals living in the jungle. Had a... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
DJLee2014
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Covington, Washington
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Finca Los Monos (the Monkey Farm) is situated on Isla Colon, the largest island in the enchanting archipelago of Bocas del Toro, , Panama. The islands enjoy a steady temperature of between 80 and 93 degrees (27 C – 33 C) all year round, with adequate rainfall to keep them lush and humid. Over the years we have created a magnificent garden with large collections of heliconias, gingers, palms, flowering trees, fruit trees, spices and ornamentals. New plants are constantly being added to the property. The garden will be closed for the months of June and July 2018. This means there will not be the scheduled garden tours for Mondays and Fridays. However we are still open for plant and flower sales and reservations for events.
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1/2 mile from Bocas Town | 200m past Smithsonian Institute, Isla Colon, Panama
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

I recommend taking the tour. Very nice gardens, well maintained and easy to walk around. The owner/guide is very informed about her plants and animals.

Thank Larry R
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Very informative walking tour about the variety of plants and animals living in the jungle. Had a sloth and nocturnal monkey sighting during our visit. You'll also enjoy the incredible story behind how the Botanical Gardens got started.

Thank DJLee2014
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We had the public tour with Lin to ourselves and it was amazing! She is so knowledgeable and passionate about the plants and animals that it rubs of on you. Her story about finding the beautiful jungle property with her Husband and then starting the...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Lin was very informative and accommodating during our tour. We saw howler and white faced monkeys, sloths, yellow tails, caiman, poison dart frogs, and turtles along with every type of palm and ginger plant you could imagine. This couple’s story is amazing. Definitely a must-see...More

2  Thank shammock2713
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

This was a very interesting tour, well-guided. There are lots of different palms and beautiful tropical flowers. We had hoped to see monkeys (we did see monkey poop!) but the only monkey we saw was a sleeping night monkey.

Thank KOLSON3992
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LinGillingham, Owner at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Yes, it is lucky we have the opportunity to see the Western Night Monkey here in one of it's day camps. As with all the wild life here, they move around so some days there are many animal sightings and some days it's quiet.

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

A real highlight of our stay. Beautifully created out of dense forest over 18 years by the present owner, this botanical garden is a must for anyone staying in Bocas Town. The garden can be viewed only through a tour led by the owner, Lin,...More

Thank MikeLMalta
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LinGillingham, Owner at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

It was a pleasure to meet you both. Thank you for visiting the garden.

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Reviewed 29 March 2017

I got married in Bocas and had my wedding from made from the Botanical Gardens. Lyn custom made my wedding flowers for me. They were absolutely amazing. Pink gingers. She was really nice and easy to work with and I was very happy with the...More

Thank KelseaMike
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LinGillingham, Owner at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2017

It was a pleasure to make your bouquet for you and thank you for sending me photos afterwards.

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

I am a 35 year old male with no overall interest in plants & this was definitely a highlight of my trip to Bocas. The owner is a lovely English woman who gives the tours herself. She does a fantistic job during the tour in...More

1  Thank Scott J
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We all seek to make a positive impact in our lives and fortunately for Mother Earth and anyone who has the chance to visit Finca Los Monos, Lin and her husband along with their team have done that in this spectacular garden in Bocas! The...More

1  Thank Deborah C
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We went for the two-hour tour (only happens twice a week) and thoroughly enjoyed the gardens and the story of how the owners transformed 36 acres of dense jungle into this wondrous showplace.

1  Thank ChrisFSeattle_WA
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Charisse R
15 January 2018|
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Response from LinGillingham | Property representative |
There are taxis from Bocas town, a 10 minute ride costs $1 per person.
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BeBe J
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Response from LinGillingham | Property representative |
Tours outside of the scheduled tours on Mondays and Wednesdays are available by reservation and I like to have a minimum 4 people. It would be good if you can find others interested to do the tour, if not there may be other... More
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