Comitán Orchid Garden and Botanic Garden (OJBC)

(La Ciénega Wetland)

Orquidiario y Jardín Botánico de Comitán (Humedal La Ciénega)

The Comitán Orchid Garden and Botanical Garden (OJBC) is an exhibition space for Chiapas’ native flora with emphasis on the diverse group of orchids. This space belongs to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN) and is located within La Ciénega, a wetland (marsh type) that shelters important biodiversity. As far as birds are concerned, by January 2022, 97 species had been identified in the surroundings of the OJBC, seven of which are at some degree of risk, according to the Mexican Norm (NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010). The OJBC It has a 39.37 feet high tower for birdwatching, from there it is possible to watch many species of aquatic birds carrying out their activities within the wetland, and several birds of prey flying over the area; additionally, there is a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Comitán de Domínguez and of all of La Ciénega. Without a doubt, it is an excellent site for birdwatching.

Birds that can be watched: STownsend's Warbler / Setophaga townsendi, Scarlet Flycatcher or Vermilion Flycatcher / Pyrocephalus rubinus, American Wood Ibis or Flinthead / Mycteria americana, Barbary Duck or Muscovy / Cairina moschata, Blue Heron or Blue Herring / Ardea herodias, Slender Sheartail / Doricha enicura, Purple Gallinule / Porphyrio martinicus, Purple Gallinule / Elanus leucurus, Pied-billed Dobchick or Pied-billed Grebe / Podilymbus podiceps, Belted Kingfisher / Megaceryle alcyon, Blue-bird or Eastern Bluebird / Sialia sialis, Northern Rough-winged Swallow / Stelgidopteryx serripennis, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher or Scissor-tailed Kingbird / Tyrannus forficatus, Indigo Bird or Indigo Bunting / Passerina cyanea, Big Blue Darter or, Cooper's Hawk / Accipiter cooperii, among others.

Location: Carretera Comitán-Las Margaritas KM 2+800, Camino Río Grande, Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas, México. C.P. 30106 Opening hours:Martes a Domingo, de 09:00 a 15:00 horas. (Lunes cerrado al público por mantenimiento a las instalaciones).

Contact details:
Aureliano Argüello Figueroa
Telephone: 961 267 6031