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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
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Wonderful day out

Today we walked to Orquídeas Moxviquil, an orchid sanctuary on the side of a mountain which is about 30 minutes north of the city. Our wonderful guide Carlos, who speaks 5 Mayan... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Deirdre G
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Today we walked to Orquídeas Moxviquil, an orchid sanctuary on the side of a mountain which is about 30 minutes north of the city. Our wonderful guide Carlos, who speaks 5 Mayan languages in addition to Spanish, took us up and down the mountain with his machete (there are jaguars in the area!) and pointed out the flora and fauna... More 

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Retford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely well laid out botanical garden with friendly staff and plenty to explore. The plants have been rescued from the local forests and brought back to bloom. There are places to sit and hammocks to relax in and you can enjoy the greenery around you. Worth checking out if you are in the area.

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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We were greeted by Cisco, the founder of this fascinating place, who gave as a brief history of OM and showed us the first greenhouse. Although he was a bit cranky initially, having inadvertently flung his thermometer into the depths of the garden or perhaps high into a tree, he was/is obviously passionate about this project and generous with his... More 

Thank Michele D
Cisco D, Director at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

A big smile is on my face. Thanks for the positive vibes. More 

Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We were shown around by the proud developer who is knowledge able. Nice plants, beautiful orchids, well kept grounds.

Thank patricia F
Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Fascinating place and fascinating effort by its founder. You are allowed and compelled to touch, smell and play with everything, and I am still trying to decide if I am more impressed by the enthousiasm and knowledge shown by our guide or by the amount and variety of flowering orchids.

Thank Luchyinthesky3
Cisco D, Founder/Ditrector at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

Wow MS Sky3, You have made my week with your beautiful words. I really thank you for the amazing energy you have shared. Paz, Cisco More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

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.

Thank Daniel D
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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 

Thank VNL56
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 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 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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