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Orquideas Moxviquil

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Address: Periferico Norte #4 | Ojo de Agua, San Cristobal de las Casas 29200, Mexico
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+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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Very smart garden

We went there by car if you prefer to walk, it would take approx. 30min. From center. Very surprised in a positive way how everything was set up with heart and soul.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Munich, Germany
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Los Cabos, Mexico
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Due to it's location out of town and lack of any docents or posted information, I can't recommend this activity, unless you are a knowledgable and avid botanical garden enthusiast

Thank Rod F
Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there by car if you prefer to walk, it would take approx. 30min. From center. Very surprised in a positive way how everything was set up with heart and soul.

Thank steelriver2014
Gosford, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We walked to the reserve - about 40 mins from Centro. We enjoyed a couple of hours wandering through the gardens and 2 green houses. The orchid blooms were just beginning to appear, delicate and colour full flowers. I imagine in another month or so it would be spectacular. We took advantage of the many seating areas to enjoy the... More 

Thank lizzy524
northern calif
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Visted this location, a short taxi ride from Casa Na Bolom. There are two large greenhouses and loutside andscaped walkways with bromiliads, begonias and many types of orchids, interspersed with eco-sculptures. We met one of the main gardeners who walked us through the orchid greenhouse and showed us the few flowering plants (Feb is not the season for flowers) and... More 

Thank kada09
Cisco D, Founder at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for the great comments. I would like to clarify a few points. Every month is flower month, some months have more others less, but there are always plants, orchids, bromiliads, begonia, etc in bloom. Second, the reserve was indeed donated by the Clark's, a family from Wisconsin. The collection of plants was started in 1974 by Cisco who... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

My friends’ interest in orchids led us to visit this little oasis of orchids and plants on the edge of San Cristobal. The place consists of two greenhouses with several orchid species and a short nature walk along which you can see several more species. The owner /manager Craig is really helpful and informative and the mission to preserve and... More 

Thank Karm62
Cisco D, Founder/Director at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

HOLA Karma 62, thanks for the kind words. really appreciate you spreading the word of project and our desire to make OM the very best possible. have a great 2017. paz More 

London, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

The options were 30 pesos for a 1.30/2 hour hike around the land or 30 minutes to see the garden for 50 pesos. I just walked around the garden it's pretty enough I was happy to see a hummingbird when I first arrived but this time of year there's no flowers so they should really let you know this before... More 

1 Thank romanylucy3
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Aim for spring if you want to see this place in all its glory. I was there too late. Still good, and still got some amazing photos. Very worth the entry fee.

Thank Rusty R
Cisco D, Manager at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

thanks rusty.... have you posted the fotos?? would enjoy seeing. More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

though we underestimated the walk from central san cristobal to these gardens- about a half hour- (one could also take a cab) we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. though the orchid house may be the draw, the aesthetic of the gardens in general was fun, well executed, and wonderfully designed. one happens upon unexpected landforms and sculpture, and the... More 

1 Thank cindy c
Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

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 

1 Thank Deirdre G
Retford, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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.

Thank Rinny_McPhee
Cisco D, Manager at Orquideas Moxviquil, responded to this review

thanks so much for your positive and support review. we work hard to make OM the very ideal of a botanical garden for the people.... paz remember, act like a kid and touch the plants. More 

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