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Orquideas Moxviquil OM

Address: Periferico Norte #4 | Ojo de Agua, San Cristobal de las Casas 29200, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 967 678 5727
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Orquideas Moxviquil, OM, began in 1994 with a passionate desire to rescue the fallen flora of...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Orquideas Moxviquil, OM, began in 1994 with a passionate desire to rescue the fallen flora of Chiapas's ever depleting forests. The desire to maintain a small sampling of the natural flora of Chiapas for future generations was the driving force that created this oasis of the varied lifeblood of Chiapas's living natural wonders. These plants rescued from over 200 locations is a divine testament to the passion of rescuing and the desire to save the diminishing gifts of nature for future generations. The plants are preserved from further squandering of natures most delicate and little protected flora gems. This destruction is manifested in the pursuit of food, financial return and greed. OM continues to seek areas of destruction to preserve for the grandchildren of the world an expanding collection of this diversity in a sanctuary of preservation in the valley of San Cristobal, Chiapas. As of October 2014, the collection has over 25,000 rescued plants, comprising 600 species native to Chiapas. The garden located at 2100 meter above sea level has a hothouse for plants from the tierra caliente, hot lands, 1500 meters above sea level down to sea level, a fern grotto, a Maya Medicinal garden, two lakes one that is home to a rare local fish, Popoyote, several seasonal wetlands, extensive areas to walk, meditate and look for birds and other fauna in the cultivated and native wild forests of the Moxviquil 100 hectare reserve. OM has just completed the construction of our second greenhouse dedicated to the Lagos de Montebello, the most bio rich area of Mexico. Bring your headphones to tune in and relax, bring a camera to capture the colors, textures and forms available to you a lunch and a drawing pad. Sit on the last bench in the greenhouse and pretend; pretend you are deep in a Chiapas jungles, the birds will call, the wind will blow and your senses will be bathed in the exotic paradise that is OM. OM is dedicated to enriching your knowledge and enjoyment. One way we do this is by asking each person to please touch the plants, to experience with your fingers the delicate forms, the sharpness, the textural richness of the native plants of Chiapas. Smell and listen for the sounds that permeate the gardens.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

17.1.15: We visited this marvellous place and discussed with Mr. Sisko the great Project. It is of most importance to see all these beautiful flowers, which are preserved at OM in order to not disappear from our planet. A great Project by a great person, we wish we should have more of his kind ... Josef & Ritva, Helsinki and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I had a lovely morning with the founder and ower of Orquideas Moxviquil. This a magical, if rather humid, home of hundreds of orchids saved from being burnt or just thrashed. Cisco, the owner, has dedicated himself to saving these beautiful flowers. When you go, make sure to visit the orchid greenhouses first. Here you will be encouraged to touch... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited Orquideas Moxviquil last December and it was a very pleasant experience. Cisco, who runs the site, was very kind and explained us everything about orchids in Chiapas, plus he encouraged us to touch and smell the plants. The variety of epiphytes that they have is large and growing, as they were opening a new greenhouse... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend and I visited Orquideas Moxviquil (or, OM) a few weeks ago whilst in San Cristobal and it was a great experience. Alongside the walk that takes you into the hills, you can explore the Orchid gardens and greenhouses/growing rooms. We were greeted by Cisco who runs OM and he immediately made us feel at home, encouraging us to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We came here after another traveller recommended it. Upon arriving we ran into the owner who gave us an hour plus personal tour which was very entertaining! He's a character and the orchids/gardens are nice without being amazing, definitely worth a couple of hours out of your itinerary

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Gold Coast
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I love the idea which the place has to conserve native plants though it still need a lots of work. If you have a spare time and you are not sure what to do yes do go and support the place (entry is 30MX).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Only a short taxi ride from the centre of San Cristobal it's a must see if your staying here. The gardens and the orchids are the best we have ever seen and the story and the idea that goes with them is incredible. The new dome is something to see now and again in 5 years time!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We had an excellent personal tour of this attraction by Cisco, the director of this botanic garden. We learned a lot about orchids and other epiphytes and enjoyed hearing about the process of protecting and nurturing these species. We were encouraged to touch the plants as part of the learning process. Not many orchids were in bloom when we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The botanic garden is an idea of a gentleman called Cisco, who is also the hart and soul of this garden. Cisco is a very knowledgable man, driven, passionate and with a cracking sense of humor. Go here and experience his life time achievement, smell and touch the plants and flowers. It is a 35 pesos taxi ride from the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Just outside of town, a bit of a change of pace. Founder, who gave tour, is an interesting guy. In December very few orchids were in bloom.

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