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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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Todos Santos
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

You haven't seen anything yet. These are not your Costco orchids. Cisco gives an informative, interesting and unexpected experience with plants endemic to the area... Including bromeliads, ferns and of course orchids. But wait till you see the orchids!! Some are so small and delicate you might miss them if you don't pay attention. don't miss it!! A short cab... More

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Tampa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

First of all - when you get here, it's actually two different things - there is a hiking trail with ruins run by local people and there is an orchid hothouse and gardens run by a guy from CA. I was charged to go to both places and both were worth the $, but it was a bit confusing and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

One of the coolest things I have seen in a long time in San Cristobal or anywhere. OM is a sanctuary for orchids that have been displaced due to deforestation. Found on the ground where they cannot live as terrestrial plants OM rescues and transplants these amazing specimens into hot houses on the property to be touched, photographed and generally... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I brought my teenage daughter here and there are two options. You can just go to the orchid greenhouse or you can hike the mountain behind the entrance. Or of course you can do both. It's 35 pesos per person for the hike and 30 per person for the green house. The mountain hike takes about two hours if you... More

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Puerto Escondido, Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This place is amazing, full of Epiphytes, maybe the best orchid bromeliad place I have ever seen, the place do not have hybrids, all are wild beautiful orchids and healthy. The guy that runs the place wow speechless, knows everything, has patience and will teach you, I recommend to spend some hours there, and enjoy it. Be aware that are... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A very peaceful place where you can be taught about the orchids of the area and much more. A lovely place

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Mission, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Very interesting greenhouse and nature preserve. The director is extremely friendly and passionate about epiphytes. We loved the greenhouse and hiking in the woods behind the main site. Very easy to access too- we walked from the market- just walk straight until you reach the periferico and take a right- you'll see it- it was about a 15 minute walk... More

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Palm Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Sure! This place contains orchids, but more importantly it's an epiphite reserve. You'll never see so many epiphites than here at Orquideas Moxviquil. The guy who runs the place is a walking encyclopedia. Not only is his Spanish superb, but so is his English. He's a wordmaster in both languages, giving first-rate attention to his visitors in an environment that... More

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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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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