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“Gardener's Delight”

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 22 August 2014

We discovered this little hide-away spot by accident. Very beautiful and informational. The guide tried his very best to explain things and lead the way through the little centre. The information was very helpful. Very respectful memorial to others who have provided this sanctuary for area plants. A quick little tour.

Thank LTuttosi
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Caution no one speaks English.
My visit in June was off season for the blooms, but it was still worthwhile. Very modest admission goes to restore plants in the wild.

Thank JohnDugue
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

It was wonderful to see so much care and dedication poured into this sweet nursery and conservation centre. Beautiful countryside and birds to look at too.

Thank TJSLondon
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

This is a place where orchids are grown to replenish the forests with native plants. The guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. There is a small fee to see the ongoing work project.

Thank TheRevs02
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This local grassroots organization is worth supporting with a visit. The guides are dedicated women volunteers who have been working for more than a decade to conserve endangered orchids and re-introduce them into their natural environment around El Valle. Grounds are beautiful and there are many orchids as well as other flowers and medical plants. Tour is available in either English or Spanish and is short but informative. A very nice hostal run by the same group is adjoined and proceeds help support the organization's work.

Thank Vanessa K
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