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Orquideas Moxviquil

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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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. NOTE: Please enter through the OM entrance, NOT the Moxviquil entrance to experience the full magic of OM. 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 orchids, and a great hike too!

We loved our visit here, so close to town. We love orchids, so this was interesting for us, but even so, the plant display was so well done. We were allowed to bring along our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved our visit here, so close to town. We love orchids, so this was interesting for us, but even so, the plant display was so well done. We were allowed to bring along our westie too. Afterwards, we took an hour or less hike up the mountain, not too strenuous, and nice to stretch our legs. Our westie, Sushi,... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting place but not many blooms. Must have been out of season in July. Small fee to enter. About a 40 peso taxi ride from Cathedral.

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Cisco D, Founder Director OM at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

Hi I am Cisco the founder and director of OM. I would like to share with you that your observation of OM was very incorrect. As the orchids at OM are native orchids to Chiapas they are NOT the large supermarket orchids you are used to seeing in in your home, NOR are we a salon with plants in pots... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Moxviquil orchid garden was at the top of our list to visit. We went on our second day of arriving in San Cristobal. There we met Cisco, an american gentlemen from Los Angeles, dedicated to saving orchids species, lots in danger of extinction, in the surrounding forests. I loved the theme song of the place: have fun like kids, touch... More 

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Cisco D, Owner at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

WOW. You made my morning. To read your words made me realize that I am making a positive difference and that you and hopefully others are enjoying, touching and having FUN. PAZ. More 

Emeryville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

What a beautiful place! I go back every time we go to San Cristobol de las Casas. Every time, there is something new to see. The grounds are beautiful and the people who protect and care for the garden do so with a passion and commitment that is inspiring. Cisco Dietz is an inspiration with his dedication to protect and... More 

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Cisco D, Owner at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review. You made my day. Hope the next time you come back you will find OM new and fun and filled with the passion of all you have visited. Touch. Smell and allow yourself to soar.... PAZ More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This place is a beautiful (still young) botanical garden, you can walk around and enjoy many of the plants, trees and flowers growing there. What made it special are the background stories of the owners though. They explain very well how and why they are taking care of the garden and surrounding area making it a special place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

You need to take a cab here. Google said 27 minute walk but that can't be right and it's a walk along a super busy road that is not scenic. We were going to walk but then we were glad we didnt. Once you get there, take the hike up the hill and then do the orchid walk. Note that... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Visited the place 2 years ago,it is a really nice place with an amazing owner. he is a well educated,intellectual guy and really funny as well. the place is amazing if you like botanical gardens. For me it is one of the interesting places to visit in san cristobal! Hi from the only turkish visitor of the place, hope you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

The owner, extremely helpful, he explains with all the knowledge and extreme patient Amazing place, if you are in to botanicals you should go. Very well setup. A must see.

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Cisco D, Owner at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

Gracias Thanks for you kind words. Your pleasure and your support makes us want to make OM better and better. Remember the project is for the grand kids of the world PAZ. Cisco More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

A real Alice afternoon. Interesting and eccentric owner, informative and funny without being pushy. Lovely way to spend an afternoon, if that's the kind of thing you're into! Lots of hidden gems... I stumbled upon an orchid smaller than my little fingernail hiding under a leaf in the greenhouse simulating the canopy.

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Silver City, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Go and see what is being done to save orchids and bromeliads. What this man does is an act of passion. We were lucky as many orchids were blooming with blushing bromeliads. Great morning trip!

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