Orquideas Moxviquil

Orquideas Moxviquil, San Cristobal de las Casas: Hours, Address, Orquideas Moxviquil Reviews: 4.5/5

Orquideas Moxviquil
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Sandy S
Albuquerque, NM806 contributions
Beautiful, informative, magical
Apr 2021
Our combi (collective taxi) on the Ojo de Agua route dropped us right at the entrance to this fascinating botanical garden devoted to hundreds of species orchids and bromeliads. Examples of species native to the surrounding mountains dotted trees along the path. Looking vaguely Tolkienesque, specialized structures housed species from three different ecological zones: rainforest, wetlands and tropical jungle. Our guide, Antonio, was cordial and knowledgeable, pointing out everything from orchids smaller than the tip of a pinkie to those the size of a bread plate, even encouraging us to smell the different varieties. We recommend visiting here before heading to Sumidero Canyon or a hike in the cloud forest. And wear sturdy rubber-soled walking running shoes. Although paths through the garden are well-maintained, this is no place for flip-flops!
Written 21 April 2021
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Gipsy
New York City, NY221 contributions
Amaizing
Mar 2021
I love gardens and this is definitely an Amaizing place too enjoy Trecking and also visiting this fantastic garden ...
Spending 90 minutes and take Amaizing pix ..so friendly staff and gardener ...MUST GO
Written 22 March 2021
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cavedodger
Playa del Carmen, Mexico646 contributions
Beautiful, peaceful orchid gardens
Sep 2020
Beautiful orchid gardens in peaceful setting, our gardener/guide was absolutely charming and so proud of his flowers! Well worth a visit.
Written 8 September 2020
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Trishos
13 contributions
beautiful orchid garden and hike in lovely preserve
Feb 2020
A pleasant walk from downtown to this nonprofit preserve with a fabulous orchid garden and a beautiful few kilometer hike with a cave. The orchid gardener gave us a great tour, and we took a nice guided moderate hike through the preserve .
Written 22 February 2020
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Connor
2 contributions
Beautiful scenes with wonderful guides
Feb 2020 • Friends
Both the orcid garden and the hike were awesome and beautiful. The walk includes some steeper sections that might be difficult for some. The optional cave exploration aspect was awesome. The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. Word of caution for english-speakers, everything is in Spanish, so it can be difficult to follow if you are not comfortable with the language.
Written 16 February 2020
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Bruce B
Southampton, Canada43 contributions
The beauty of orchids and oak forest
Nov 2019
Saw beautiful orchids there, then was taken on a tour by Victor and Carlos up into the mountains for beautiful views overlooking San Cristobal and seeing beautiful bromeliads, trees, cacti, and ferns. I went on the tour last minute so wasn't wearing proper shoes to go into the cave. So I would recommend good footwear for the tour, and bring a bottle of water. Victor and Carlos were both excellent and friendly.
Written 20 November 2019
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Sophie W
5 contributions
Beautiful
Nov 2018
Excellent organization with beautiful grounds. We especially enjoyed the trails that let up into the mountain with great views.
Written 16 October 2019
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Mauricio
149681118 contributions
Natural retreat
Jul 2019 • Couples
Just few minutes away from San Cristobal lays this venue that offers a much needed natural retreat from the hectic downtown.

After paying the entrance fee you’ll be right in the middle of the jungle.

From its origins this place is focused in nature conservation, so be ready to explore around. The reserve offers two main activities:

1) Orchid and garden sighting
2) 2km trekking through the jungle with optional cave exploration

Both activities worth the try, just be sure to have the essential trekking gear to avoid any injuries: proper shoes as it may be slippery, raincoat because weather changes very quickly and finally a bottle of water to avoid dehydration.

Before you leave ask the gardeners about the orchids with strong fragrance (cinnamon, honey, mint etc)
Written 26 July 2019
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Sean Parker
Brisas de Zicatela, Mexico18 contributions
Beautiful flowers
Jul 2019 • Couples
Great place to go if you are interested in plants and flowers. Many varieties of orchids, some of which smell amazing, and all of which look beautiful, as well as many other plants. We do not speak Spanish, but there was a ?guide there with people who did speak Spanish explaining the plants to them. 50 pesos per person to enter.
Written 22 July 2019
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Sylvia R
Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain11 contributions
Great variety of orchids in a well maintained park
Jul 2019 • Solo
Guided tour through one of the two glass houses and a nice park to walk around and to relax. Starting point for a circuit to hike the natural parque behind the premises from where you have nice views over San Cristobal.
Written 19 July 2019
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