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Orquideas Moxviquil

Periferico Norte #4 | Ojo de Agua, San Cristobal de las Casas 29200, Mexico
+52 967 631 7599
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Orchid lovers paradise

As one walks around the grounds of the jardin, one sees blooming orchid and bromeliad species... read more

Reviewed December 19, 2014
Cross Plains, Wisconsin
A hands on botanical reserve!

The very interesting and knowledgeable Cisco has built a lovely sanctuary for various plants that... read more

Reviewed December 16, 2014
נופר ק
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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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Periferico Norte #4 | Ojo de Agua, San Cristobal de las Casas 29200, Mexico
+52 967 631 7599
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Reviewed December 19, 2014

As one walks around the grounds of the jardin, one sees blooming orchid and bromeliad species everywhere. The native forests of the central highlands of this part of Mexico are a mixed oak and conifer forest, and every tree on the grounds has branches laden...More

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Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

The very interesting and knowledgeable Cisco has built a lovely sanctuary for various plants that would have been otherwise destroyed. A bit far from the city center but well worth the effort.

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Reviewed December 15, 2014

What a fantastic project - a garden dedicated to local orchids and other epiphytes (and other things), all rescued when their homes have been destroyed. The garden is an ongoing project, and it's buzzing with life (hummingbirds, lizards, not to mention the plants themselves). Multiple...More

Thank Virginia B
Reviewed November 11, 2014

Even though we arrived late in the day, the owner was very welcoming & took the time to explain about the plants and the project. Our children were very pleased to be encouraged to explore, touch all the leaves and feel the different textures. They...More

Thank Sol321
Reviewed November 8, 2014

I recommend you to go OM even if you are not interested in orchids. The collection of plants is impressive and creatively displayed. The construction of the grounds and buildings is also creative and worth seeing. If you are lucky enough to catch Cisco, the...More

Thank RetiredLou
Reviewed October 25, 2014

The orchid garden has a quite big collection of local species of orchids, it is a very beautiful space to relax and to connect with nature. There is also a nice hiking route connected to the garden, about 3 km long. El jardín de orquídeas...More

Thank Jovelissima
Reviewed October 5, 2014

After a rough few days working in San Cristobal de las Casas, the three hours I spent at Orquídeas Moxviquil let me get away from myself, a solace from day-to-day stress. More than a place to tick off on a list of tourist attractions, OM...More

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed October 2, 2014

It is a very nice place to spend a few hours outside the city. There is a very nice walk outside, about 3 kilometers long in the mountain. Highly recommended !

Thank Ricky B
Reviewed September 30, 2014

I was not attracted a lot by "orquideas" until I visited this place and see the great work done by the US volunteer. You got to visit this this museum it is just great

Thank cesar m
Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

The place is really magical, but it's also crazy just like the owner who is a free spirited expat from California :-) . Good place and different from the usual touristic stuff

Thank Jochen K
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April 25, 2017|
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Response from Cisco D | Property representative |
yes it is. you can use, avenida yajalon or general utrillo. it is about 1.8 kilometers from the plaza central. or taxi, $35 pesos.
September 4, 2016|
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Response from Cisco D | Property representative |
OM is beautiful every day of the year. Every day present wonderful flowers, sights and smells. This is a great time to visit, the rainy season, May till November, because all is green, lush and filled with life. March and... More
Алексей С
July 15, 2016|
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Response from Cisco D | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry. We do not sell plants.