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El Charco del Ingenio

Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 415 154 4715
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Bird walk

Fabulous tour with experts Signa, Luke, and Norman.....every 3rd Wednesday at 9. Guides had extra... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Carolyn S
via mobile
Free shuttle! Great walks.

A couple times a week, a van comes to Plaza Civica at 9:30 and takes you there, returning at 1 pm... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Portland, OR
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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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Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 415 154 4715
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fabulous tour with experts Signa, Luke, and Norman.....every 3rd Wednesday at 9. Guides had extra binoculars and scopes so everyone could easily see the interesting birds of this area

Thank Carolyn S
Reviewed 5 days ago

A couple times a week, a van comes to Plaza Civica at 9:30 and takes you there, returning at 1 pm. So easy. Upon arrival, we thought we'd end up sitting around for a long time waiting for 1 pm, but the trails are so...More

Thank blavine
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We figured on two hours for a visit here, but could have spent more time. Lots of easy walking with something new to discover around every corner. Watch for the spiders and the butterflies , both of which are abundant. They should build a butterfly...More

Thank Mitch M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful nature walk, children loved seeing all the different cactus and creatures that live there. Lovely indoor garden. Toilets on site are very clean. Only dropped a star for the cafe on site, we were hoping to get a snack and drink but choice was...More

Thank MrsAndertonK
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see when visiting San Miguel de Allende. Free shuttle picks up in the city center for a 20-minute ride to the park. Check their web site days and times. You can walk, but it is a climb. Allow three hours to see the...More

Thank Todd787
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a guided tour and it was worth it! It would have been a lovely stroll, but it was so interesting to learn about the different flora and fauna. Then we walked back down to the Fabrica La Aurora (through the mercado de artesanias...More

Thank BklynBetty
Reviewed 1 week ago

Need a break from the city? Take a cab to the Charco (also knows as the Botanical Gardens) and wander down the paths to the dam, along the ravine (be careful!) and then enjoy a great view of San Miguel. Walk back down to the...More

Thank Judy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The garden is a wonderful collection and variety of plants wonderfully arranged along meandering paths with benches sporadically available to sit and appreciate the views. On our visit we participated in the bird watching with naturists who were very knowledgeable. I will return for the...More

Thank Byron R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a taxi to the Charco in the morning and have a lovely hike among many varieties of cactus, with a view of waterfowl on the reservoir, and cascading waterfalls into the deep canyon below. Lovely dose of nature.

Thank lauraphrazer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were glad we decided not to walk all the way to El Charco. It's a long, steep, uphill climb and difficult to find. There is a van that picks up people on Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sunday at Mesones Street opposite the Civic Plaza...More

Thank Helen711
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Robert T
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3 April 2017|
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Response from barefootmart | Reviewed this property |
To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing along the lines of children's swings or entertainment. This is a botanical garden with walking paths exhibiting native plants, trees, cactus and some endangered species. You're... More