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Orquideas Moxviquil OM

Periferico Norte #4 | Ojo de Agua, San Cristobal de las Casas 29200, Mexico
+52 967 678 5727
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Owner description: Orquideas Moxviquil, OM, began in 1994 as a passionate desire to rescue the fallen flora of Chiapas's ever depleting forests. The desire to maintain a... more » Owner description: Orquideas Moxviquil, OM, began in 1994 as a passionate desire to rescue the fallen flora of Chiapas's ever depleting forests. The desire to maintain a small sampling of the natural energy 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 generation. The plants are now preserved from the need to squandered 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 expanded collection of this diversity in a sanctuary of preservation in the valley of San Cristobal.As of December 2013, the collection has over 18,000 rescued plants, comprising 450 species native to Chiapas. The garden has a hothouse for plants from the tierra caliente, hot lands, 1500 meters above sea level down to sea level, also a fern, Maya Medicinal and mushroom garden, a large lake that is home to a rare local fish, Popoyote and extensive areas to walk, meditate and look for birds and other fauna in the cultivated and native wild forests of the Moxviquil 100 hector reserve. Bring your headphones, tune in and relax, bring a camera to capture the colors, textures and forms available to you. 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. « less
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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Orquideas Moxviquil is a magical place. My wife and I have an extra special connection to OM and would like to share our story hoping that those who read this will visit and experience the wonder and beauty that influenced our lives. Our first visit was in 2010 during a volunteer stay in San Cristobal de las Casas. We discovered... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

OM is a must see while visiting San Cristobal. Cisco, the founder and creator of OM, is an invaluable resource and guide who shares his knowledge and passion for Orchids with guests fluently in English and Spanish. In creating OM with such dedication, forethought, and artistic vision, Cisco has spawned a haven for endangered orchids, as well as, an interactive... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Working with local communities to save, raise awareness about, and protect local orchids, bromeliads, etc., Cisco and the staff have created a beautiful and invaluable corner of Chiapas...good place to go birding in the mornings, as well. Can't wait to see how the new greenhouse shapes up. There's a small fee, but worth it. And I loved the outhouse...good natural... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

OM as the American citizen says about this place, so committed to rescue a part of Chiapas. This type of people gives you a gift with their presence. A must when you are in San Cristobal, he is so patient and explains you everything in his Spanish. He is expanding the gardens bringing more ecosystems from other places and he... More

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Falkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

A fantastic place in the middle of nowhere. Some more people like Cisco and the world would be a better place.

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Mill Creek, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Visiting Orquideas Moxviquil OM was a nice diversion from the archeological sites in the Yucatan. Cisco provided an insightful, informative and interesting tour of the new greenhouse and the overall site. It was refreshing to hear how the gardens came into existence and co-exist with the local culture, not attempting to change the way things are typically done, rather, taking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Very passionate and knowledgeable staff! Amazing gardens to stroll through and a fantastic green house. Take the hike up the hill. Highly recommended.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We were in San Cristobal last April. Generally speaking, the landscape around San Cristobal is mountainous and contains green pine forests year-round, BUT - as for green lawns and flowers - everything is dry on the ground between the trees. So we went to Orquideas Moxviquil with concerns. We got to the entrance of the site and saw a family... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I was here in March this year and it was fantastic! The gardens are beautiful and very diverse, with a lot to see, feel and smell and walking around inside the greenhouse almost was like being in a little fantasy world! But the thing that really made this an unforgettable afternoon was the guided tour the founder Cisco gave us,... More

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La Paz, Bolivia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

A fellow traveller recommended we visit these gardens and we were not disappointed. One of the gardeners showed us around and, although it is not the main flowering season for the orchids, we were still able to see how they grow and spotted a few beautiful flowers. The work that OM is doing to preserve and educate about these native... More

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