One of the most interesting things we did in San Cristobal, Mexico was visit the Orquideas Moxviquil botanical garden.  The garden is a preserve for over 600 species of Chiapas orchids, cacti, bromeliads, ferns, and other flora.  Most of the specimens were rescued from within the Chiapas state from sites that were disturbed by human activities.  

It was a little over a mile from our hotel as the garden is north of the city in a more rural area, but we had a beautiful day for it.  We had a bit of difficulty finding the entrance and ended up hiking along a woodland trail in the Moxviquil Reserve (which the garden is part of).  We finally realized that we were not in the right place, back-tracked, and went farther up the road where we saw this sign.
Before we knew it, we found the gardens up the road just a bit.
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Love their fencing and gate
This place was absolutely gorgeous!  The owner met us and gave us a quick tour as he had to get back to a ceremony there on the premises.  We spent a good long time walking around and looking at orchids and other specimens.  And after we'd seen all the plants, we spent a good amount of time bird-watching -- of course we had brought our binoculars!
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Calla Lily -- one of the few non-native plants in the garden
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I'm looking for birds in front of the office where we paid our entry fee
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Charming office -- loved the metalwork on windows and door
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The hothouse -- very unique!
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Owner showing us something inside the hothouse
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Spore pattern
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A real beauty!
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Artsy outhouses
This sculpture demonstrates the natural erosion process of a cube.
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Amphitheater for classes and ceremonies
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One last look at the hothouse showing its unique architecture
We'll have to do a separate blog post with bird photos, as well as one about the wonderful woodland hike we took in the Moxviquil Reserve behind the Orchid Garden.  In the meantime, check out the Orquideas Moxviquil website for much more information on this unique and fascinating site.  We would love to go back again and hope to get the chance to.
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We had a great visit!
1/28/2013 07:35:05 am

Wow. Gorgeous. That I would love to see!

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BeBelize Emily
1/28/2013 08:38:31 am

Go! I highly recommend it. :)

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Kay Scott
1/28/2013 09:39:10 pm

I can't see any of the pictures!!!!

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BeBelize Emily
1/28/2013 10:38:51 pm

That's strange, Kay. I can see them fine as can others (based on comments received). Maybe try killing your browser and getting in again, or try another browser? Hope you'll be able to see them -- Barry got some really nice shots!

1/28/2013 09:39:20 pm

Oh Lordy what a post. thanks so much for sharing. Great pics and info as ALWAYS, but you nailed this one big time. gracias.

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BeBelize Emily
1/28/2013 10:37:17 pm

Thanks so much, Marty! Barry did a great job with the photos -- I was so happy when I saw them after the fact.

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5/17/2013 12:51:41 pm

The pictures are very clear and detailed. I do not recall seeing so many beautiful orchids in one place except in the now defunct Orchid Gardens in the capital. Great job!

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Emily
5/18/2013 01:09:12 pm

Thanks so much!

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