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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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Beautiful gardens

If you like plants & flowers, check out Orchideas Moxiviqui.. 35 peso taxi ride from centro. There is an orchid greenhouse as well as other interesting structures plus trails... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

If you like plants & flowers, check out Orchideas Moxiviqui.. 35 peso taxi ride from centro. There is an orchid greenhouse as well as other interesting structures plus trails & ponds. We met Cisco, the creator/director of this non-profit organization. Fascinating guy who spent almost an hour with us explaining OM & giving us a tour.. 30 peso admission &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

I visited the gardens yesterday with a friend and enjoyed it very much. Fransisco made us feel welcome right away. He's very passionate about his work and a great story-teller. You can see the garden has been made with lots of love and attention. There is a lot to see and keep you busy for a while. If you like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Nice orchid greenhouse that is like a jungle. A bit of a hapless tour and not a lot of orchids in bloom but we enjoyed it nonetheless. Also did the 30-40 min hike up the back which is well signposted and laid out. Recommended.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This ever-evolving garden is the product of Cisco's passion and drive. Hoopy greenhouses shelter a multitude of Bromeliads and Orchids, replicating their natural habitats. Paths, benches and sculpture all go to create an unusual garden in an unexpected location. You can also wander off into the forest paths with great views.

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San Miguel De Allende
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A creatively designed preserve run by Cisco and his hard working crew. Cisco is very knowledgeable and explains things well. He points out the most miniscule orchid blossoms, that an inexperienced viewer, like myself would never notice. Where at any other garden I have visited there are signs discouraging you from touching, Cisco strongly encourages touching the plants. A must... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Cisco, explains clearly, succinctly and humorously why these plants need saving, and how they are being saved in this exciting and evolving project. Then you are shown how the orchids are pollinated, each by its own insect! Guests (visitors) are encouraged to touch and feel the plants, how else can you get to know them? An enlightening and entertaining experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A lot of the wild life of this region has long gone and it's flora may be going the same way. However, this project aim is to collect and protect many of the regions beautiful bromeliads, orchids and other plant species. The protector of this project Cisco, will enlighten anyone who has an interest in plant life. This place is... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Cisco has done more than “collect plants”, he has recreated an environment into which he invites his visitors. His knowledge is profound, and it is a pleasure to explore and touch, whether one is an expert already ,or just ready to learn. He has certainly contributed to making us aware of the on-going degradation of rainforest environment, and his enthusiasm... More 

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Veracruz, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Great effort to protect the environment!, nice place to visit, long and paceful walk trough the mountain.

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Radford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Four of us spent several hours yesterday admiring the hundreds of species of orchids and other epiphytes gathered there over a 20-year period by Cisco, OM’s enthusiastic, charismatic founder. The whole place is inventive and whimsical—the large greenhouse that houses high-altitude orchids has a sinuous, organic shape, as do the facility’s other small buildings, so they blend into the jungle-like... More 

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