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Orquideas Moxviquil OM

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Address: Periferico Norte #4 | Ojo de Agua, San Cristobal de las Casas 29200, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 967 678 5727
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Orquideas Moxviquil, OM, began in 1994 with a passionate desire to...

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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Private botanical garden worth visiting

If you like flowers and especially orchids then it is worth visiting. The owner is a lost beatnik recuperated from the California of the 70 ies. He knows his business and he will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you like flowers and especially orchids then it is worth visiting. The owner is a lost beatnik recuperated from the California of the 70 ies. He knows his business and he will accompany you in the discovery of this very special world. He will also offer you to help him finance his endeavor by buying a place on his... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Waste of money since there were no flowers, just a poorly kept garden. Supposed to be nice in April and May. No flowers now.

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Cisco D, Owner at Orquideas Moxviquil OM, responded to this review

We find your review rather harsh. You are the first person who has stated a poorly maintained garden. One must remember that we are a botanical garden NOT a flower shop or an expo of plants in pots. We represent what is blooming at the time of year you visit. We are not about numbers of plants in bloom we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't expect flash. OM is about subtlety as well as commitment to saving plant life that is threatened in Chiapas and presenting it in an authentic way. A private tour with the super-knowledgeable director is recommended and more than reasonable. A place for contemplation as well as learning. I especially enjoyed seeing plants that look like mini-chandeliers that would be... More 

Thank jacob l
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walk into a greenhouse full of life upon life: ferns, bromelias, mosses and orchids forming little ecosystems on the trees overhanging a little stream. Suddenly you are in a lush tropical jungle, right in the middle of chilly San Cristobal. The gardens around the greenhouses are lovely, as well, with pools and paths, seats and trees absolutely covered with different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First walked the 2km trail up the hill and through the trees. The gardens are so beautiful and tranquil. inspiration for and drive behind, this botanical garden, gave us a great tutorial and then we explored,

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of visiting OM this past month and now back home the images of this little oasis are still vivid. After hearing the amazing background of dedicated founder/director Cisco, we appreciated the plants, the grounds and his mission even more. I would recommend visiting this unique little "paradise".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Beautiful garden with lovely hand made bridges and paths. An amazing orchid house and a nice 2-3km walking trail up the hillside and through the forest.

Thank McLeish M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

We recommend visiting this beautiful and great taken care of garden, which is located a 10 minutes drive from central of San Cristoval. We had the chance to meet the OM's founder, Cisco. Which is a great person with a lot of passion and knowledge about his beautiful project and plants on general. The visit in this place has a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The owner/operator is a fascinating expat who has dedicated his life to saving the plants of Chiapas for the "grandchildren of the world" Peaceful, educational and eclectic, this easy trip to the edge of the city was well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Cisco, the inspiration for and drive behind, this botanical garden, gave us a great tutorial and then we explored, with our eyes opened to the world of orchids and epiphytes

Thank Louise B

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