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El Charco del Ingenio

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Address: Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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El Charco del Ingenio is a botanical garden and nature preserve just a few...

El Charco del Ingenio is a botanical garden and nature preserve just a few minutes from the historical city of San Miguel de Allende. The name comes from a spring-fed pool nestled in an impressive canyon. With great biodiversity, many different species of native plants and animals are in the canyon, the wetlands and the dry scrubland. El Charco hosts an extensive botanical collection made up of cacti and other succulent Mexican plants, many of which are rare, threatened or in danger of extinction. This is a place that was sanctified as a Peace Zone by the Dalai Lama, where you can enjoy the Conservatory of Mexican Plants, scenic overlooks, historic sites, trails, Interactive Garden for Children, camping zone, cafeteria & gift shop, as well as different activities like guided tours, sweat-lodge, workshops, concerts, full moon ceremonies and more.

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This extensive site is full of native and exotic desert flora. The succulent house is particularly beautiful. The gift shop has high quality items and breakfast at the food stand... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This extensive site is full of native and exotic desert flora. The succulent house is particularly beautiful. The gift shop has high quality items and breakfast at the food stand was delicious!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a half day to walk the gardens, view the cacti displays, hike down the canyon, and tour La Plaza de los Quatro Vientos (Plaza of the Four Winds). Best to take a taxi or Uber to the entrance gate, then hike down the canyon to the lower entrance. From there, you can easily walk down to town. We... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the gardens a couple of times while we were in San Miguel. The tour was very informative and well done. We had about 10-12 people on the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. There are many photo opportunities. Sometimes, they hold concerts in the evening.

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Thank Clyde H
Troncones, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a hot day and I was a little foot sore, so I wasn't exactly keen for a walk through a cactus park, but, as often happens, it turned out to be a fantastic outing. Overall the grounds are a little run-down, but not in a bad way. It wasn't fussy or over organized, just a lovely place to... More 

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Montréal
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9 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wasnt expecting a beautiful walk over a canyon!! You get to enjoy an entire view of the city and you get to enjoy the mirador as well for just 40 pesos. Worth taking the 1h30 walk.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The grounds are in need of more maintenance, manicuring and tender loving care, but it is still well worth a visit to see the variety of vegetation here and stroll the trails.

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Reviewed 24 April 2017

Our hosts in San Miguel said most of the ex-pats they know in San Miguel have never been to El Charco. I'm not a particular fan of nature preserves, but the beautifully-maintained El Charco, perched on the top of San Miguel, blew me away. After the steep, narrow cobblestoned streets of the city, it's a nice break to walk here.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Very much enjoyed visiting Charco. It has some well laid out paths that lead to a greenhouse with a variety of cactuses. Then walked along the damn and across to see the gorge below. A nice change of pace. Bring sunscreen - it gets hot.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Close by town and yet "out in the country", this reserve has lovely cactus and succulent collections along the walks through herb garden, indigenous ritual spaces, vistas of water and birds in formations, and a trail down into the pools at the bottom of the ravine. The gift shop is great and the little restaurant with outdoor seating is fantastic... More 

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Bucerias, Mexico
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Lovely day with an easy walk. We had two children with us and they did very well and were excited to see all the different cactus types.

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Muchas gracias por tu comentario Jean! El Jardín Botánico es un excelente lugar para venir con niños, fomentar su sensibilidad... More 

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