A garden dedicated to wild orchids, OM has 450 species including the impressive large white blooms of epidendrum parkinsonianum and the tiny pinky purple nagliella purpurea. Temperate zone species arch from the branches of trees along paths to the tropical greenhouse with its jungly arrangement of branches like a miniature dense rainforest. If you’re lucky, Cisco the orchid man himself will be around to talk about his passion or Xun the Mayan gardener will answer questions. OM is at the foot of the mountains but only a 15 minute walk from the centre of town and has other air plants, pink tree cactus flowers and red and green bromeliads, as well as orchids. The whole garden is beautifully laid out with ponds and sculptures, a cool place in both senses.
Periferico Norte 4, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
+52 (967) 678-5727
Enjoy a week immersing yourself in Mexico's most artistic and alluring town. Art, politics and passion are the lifeblood of this wonderful place. In the morning, study silk screen printing with the proud members of the Taller Lenateros cooperative. In the afternoons delight in the town’s incredible art and craft from impromptu street sellers, to modern Mexican art galleries.
Calle Flavio A.Paniagua 54,
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico
Tel./Fax: ++ (52) (967) 678 51 74
Google map: tinyurl.com/ycoq876
Take a bus to San Cristobal de las Casas from Mexico City or Oaxaca City.
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