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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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Description: Orquideas Moxviquil, OM, began in 1994 with a passionate desire to rescue...
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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A multisensory delight.

Really nice surprise. For someone who knows nothing about orchids, I found myself asking interesting questions about them! The hike up the hill behind is a lot of fun, too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Mexico City, Mexico
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Really nice surprise. For someone who knows nothing about orchids, I found myself asking interesting questions about them! The hike up the hill behind is a lot of fun, too.

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

One must take the time to visit these sacred gardens of Chiapas.There is something for everyone to enjoy and "OM" does not disappoint. The constant growth and change of these gardens insures that each visit has something new for everyone.A great place for learning and absorbing the natural beauty of Chiapas. I enjoy a picnic lunch when I can or... More 

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virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Orquideas Moxviquil OM is a very unique place to visit in San Cristobal. The greenhouses are full of "rescued" orchids. The grounds are beautiful with art installations and lovely plants. The hiking trail that goes up the hill is very nice and tranquil. It is heavily wooded with lots of interesting plants and insects. Overall, a worthwhile place to visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We were guided in English and Spanish by the Director, Cisco Dietz, a highly knowledgeable person. We saw beautiful orquids some of which are in the endangered list. the organization and cleanliness of the gardens were impecable. We highly reccommend a visit, to the city and to this botanical garden.

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La Crescent, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Although we visited when the orchids were not in bloom, we still enjoyed strolling around and looking at the art installations and greenhouses, etc. Not to mention, we took a mini hike up a trail that likely leads up the mountain. I can only imagine the beauty of this intentional space once everything is in bloom. I'd recommend visiting regardless... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This is a beautiful setting with interesting art installations. The founder is rescuing endangered bromiliads and epiphites. It is a peaceful setting after the noise and tourist throngs in town. Worth a morning!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this botanical garden and hearing the story about how it came into being. It's lovely and peaceful, and you do not need to be particularly fond of plants (or an orchid buff) in order to enjoy experiencing this place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We walked there from town which took us about 30mins (we walk kind of fast) not exactly sure what to expect. When we arrived we were met with about 30 or so 9 or 10 year old school kids which was pretty funny. Saw a fellow waving at us to come on up to where he was (the kids would... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Wow wow wow. This place is amazing and I will recommend it to anyone visiting Mexico. Cisco, the innovator of the garden, has transformed the space into a fairy-like preserve and has so much information to share. He even showed me how orchids pollinate! There are explosions of different types of plants all over, forming a giant ecosystem. The orchids... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Probably very good when the Orchids are in flower. We were charged the entry fee and left in the orchid house and only then realised it was not orchid season. If we had been told we would have just done the nature trail walk! Caveat emptor should not always apply.

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Address: Periferico Norte #4 | Ojo de Agua, San Cristobal de las Casas 29200, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 967 678 5727
Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Chiapas  >  San Cristobal de las Casas
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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