Orquídeas Moxviquil

The Greenhouse at Orquídeas Moxviquil

The Greenhouse at Orquídeas Moxviquil

Located in San Cristobal de las Casas, Orquídeas Moxviquil was established to preserve the amazing beauty and diversity of the flora of Chiapas, Mexico. OM currently hosts over 600 species of orchids, cactus, bromeliads, ferns and other plants. It is the brainchild of Craig Robert Dietz, aka “Cisco” who was distressed to discover that orchids and other epiphytes, which were being dumped and burned as garbage in the process of clearing the forests of Chiapas. He also found some orchids were being removed for illegal commercial sales. In 1994 he established Orquídeas Moxviquil to preserve the plants and educate the public as to why they are a valuable resource.

Only ten minutes from the center of San Cristobal the preserve also protects 100 hectares of oak forests. There are great walking trails with beautiful views of the city, an amphitheater, beautiful works of modern sculpture and a unique greenhouse designed to reproduce the environment of Jovel Valley wetlands. In addition over 150 different bird species of birds, many of them endangered have been observed on the property. I first visited OM during the dry season and just recently in the heart of the wet season. Although beautiful both times the change was striking. Orquídeas Moxviquil is a great place to take a picnic and have a wonderful, natural experience very near the city.Inside the Greenhouse at Orquídeas MoxviquilOrchids at Orquídeas MoxviquilOrchids at Orquídeas MoxviquilOrchids at Orquídeas Moxviquil

Flowers at Orquídeas Moxviquil, Chiapas, Mexico

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In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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