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Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center)

#10 of 19 things to do in El Valle de Anton Features Animals
Main Street next to ANAM, El Valle de Anton 1001, Panama
+507 983-6472
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More than just orchids

We went in August and at first were disappointed there were not more orchids in bloom. But as we... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2016
West Palm Beach, Florida
Very small, but interesting

The orchid place is really small, but loaded with rare orchids. They are doing a great service by... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Greg P
Ponce Inlet, Florida
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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 1 September 2016

We went in August and at first were disappointed there were not more orchids in bloom. But as we wandered through the gardens, we were captivated by all the other types of plants there, as well as some cool butterflies. There were lots of miniature...More

Thank DarbWPB
Reviewed 28 July 2016

The orchid place is really small, but loaded with rare orchids. They are doing a great service by saving these plants from extiction

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 26 May 2016

A nice experience to wander through and see the orchids but the best part was watching all the different birds come into the yard.

Thank Denise P
Reviewed 4 April 2016

An interesting and educational visit among the blossoms. The Nursery provides tours of their 100+/- different orchids and other flowering plants.

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 3 March 2016

Our group of 6 adults very much enjoyed the short tour(time & distance). Dozens of blooming orchids plus other flowers and herbs. There is only 1 sign just out of town( on Hwy 71 as you drive up from the Pan American). As you pass...More

1  Thank likesnativeplants
Reviewed 24 February 2016

The guide had tremendous knowledge of orchids, native medicinal plants, local culture, and the variety of orchids. Takes about 30-45 minutes to view. Would be suitable for families and children. Nice exhibit.

Thank expat422
Reviewed 24 January 2016

There are over 1000 species in Panama and they have well over 100. The guide was great and even spoke some English. The vanilla orchid was our favorite.

Thank wayrobinson
Reviewed 23 January 2016

Not a large exhibit but lots of beautiful orchids on exhibit being grown in their natural habitat. A very easy stroll through the orchids. We were with a guide that knew all the orchids if you really want to drill down into the detail. But...More

Thank dps_Sedona
Reviewed 17 January 2016

A wonderful and knowledgeable volunteer gave us a thorough tour of the small but very interesting conservation program. Well worth a half-hour of time and $2. Worthy of support from orchid lovers and conservationists.

Thank Alexandra P
Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

So nice to see the effort has been made to preserve the orchids of Panama. We never realised there were so many wild orchids here. The guided tour was very interesting and worth the visit!

Thank Hermine H
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11 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.