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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Beautiful and unique vibe in San Cristobal de las casas!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
yoni y
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We had such a fun afternoon here! The gardens are so beautiful and tranquil. We also went for a hike in the forest at the back of the property, where we took in beautiful views of the city. When we returned the owner Cisco and his friend Mack invited us to play Petanque with them, which is a ball game... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We arrived to this place after a failed attempt of seeing a Mayan Medicine Museum. We had the opportunity to meet OM´s founder, Cisco. He is an amazing man with a serious passion. On a quick note- Few people decide, and fewer people actually act on a passion that they have. You can tell right off the bat that what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The place is unlike any place i've ever went to. Althoughwe went there as a couple the place look like a nice place to kids. The host as a very amusing character, he loves what is doing and put a lot of passion in it. There are not a lot of sights atthe venue, it suppouse to take 1-2 hours... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I have always wanted to see orchids in the wild. By chance I happened to stumble upon this place and I am so happy that I did. I was greeted by the founder of OM, Cisco. What a wonderful human being. He guided my senses through a wonderful experience and was genuinely excited to do so. This place is really... More 

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Umea, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

OM is well worth a visit if you're in San Cristobal de las Casas. The entry fee for foreign tourists is a very reasonable 40 pesos per person, locals and local children are charged a lower fee, basically because the botanical garden is a labour of love and founder Cisco seems genuinely interested in both conserving the 727 orchid specifies... More 

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

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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