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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
Phone Number: +52 415 154 4715
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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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Very nice park, it's all about nature. I spent about 2hours in that place and I just loved it. It only is 30min walking distance from the center, and going there you also get a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice park, it's all about nature. I spent about 2hours in that place and I just loved it. It only is 30min walking distance from the center, and going there you also get a very nice view of the city.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommend heading to El Charco if you're looking to be in nature and enjoy some peace and quiet for a couple of hours. As the place does heat up quite a bit, even in winter, as there is little shade, I recommend going there in a morning when it's cooler. The entire loop makes for a great outdoor hike/walk, and... More 

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Oshkosh, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful spot to bird watch and hike around the water and through all the vegetation. The green houses are nice as well and they have guided walking tours as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful day to day hike, be in nature, sit in the sun and picnic. If you hike on the lower trail ( less than a mile ) you will eventually come to large flat rocks. Mid day these were a wonderful , flat place to sit with a nice view, steady breeze and a picnic lunch. This place is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the free shuttle from the Civic Plaza to El Charco del Ingenio on a Thursday morning. We started out with a wonderful breakfast at their little cafe and then took to the trails. You can take a guided tour if you wish, or simply pick up a map at the desk in the gift shop and explore on... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short 40p taxi trip from San Miguel de Allende or an energetic uphill walk. (Free buses leave from Plaza Civica on Mesones T,Th, Sat & Sun at 9:30 for free and return at 1 pm) This place - 40p entry fee - is an amazing visit to a desert wilderness that was rescued in 1991 by conservationists from developers.... More 

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu completo comentario! Son excelentes consejos para los demás viajeros. Recuerda también traer tu termo con agua para... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend taking a cab up and then walking down. The roads up to El Charco are very steep. There are cactuses there I've never seen before. Some of them are very, very old and huge. There are paths all through the property that lead to views of the countryside, a huge patio, sculpture garden, observatory and more. I think... More 

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias por escribir! Nuestra colección botánica es lo más preciado que tenemos, nos encanta que la hayas disfrutado. Vuelve... More 

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the Charco, as we call it here in San Miguel. Often I go in the mid morning, mid week and have all the trails to myself. Contemplation and Peace, what a place for this! I never miss the conservatory, lots of curious cactus to see. But the best part is the system of trails and lovely places to... More 

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias por compartir tu experiencia con nosotros! Regresa pronto para disfrutar el Jardín Botánico. More 

Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the gardens, birds and gift shop. A tour is available or you can hike around on your own. The views are amazing and the trails are well kept and easy to follow. We loved the cactus collection as well as cool drinks on the patio. We watched hummingbirds and Vermillion Flycatchers, amazing!

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias por compartir tu experiencia! En El Charco del Ingenio cuenta con más de 160 especies de aves, el... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've enjoyed hiking in the botanical gardens during different season. Unlike the traditional idea of a botanical as the plants are, for the most part, cacti. There are hundreds of cacti, many species, something always blooming or budding. The views of town and the distant mountains...the lake and canyon...all lovely. The trails are easily marked and though you are only... More 

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Muchas gracias por compartir tu experiencia! Nos encanta recibir a visitantes que aprecien y cuiden el Jardín Botánico. Regresa pronto!... More 

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