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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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Interesting Desert Oasis

We loved this large and peaceful place. We took a couple trails, down by the lake and on a bit... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Marie L
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Cary, North Carolina
Cacti heaven

Walk through native plants and cacti . Hot and dusty in April/May. Paths to follow that are easy or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sally g
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Lake Worth, Florida
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved this large and peaceful place. We took a couple trails, down by the lake and on a bit higher ground. We walked from the Tianguis to the garden, and it was cool to see the new developments being built along the way. It...More

Thank Marie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk through native plants and cacti . Hot and dusty in April/May. Paths to follow that are easy or challenging depending upon ability. Restaurant was not very good. It's just a snack stand where they also sold from chafing dishes a plate of rice and...More

Thank sally g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is someone to give you a tour of the gardens, all volunteers, every Tuesday at 10:00 AM. Our guide was very well informed on all the plants and the history of the garden. Totally delightful!

1  Thank brigittecowan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love El Charco in all seasons but right now (Octobre) it is especially beautiful with wild flowers everywhere and the greatest collection of cactus. Bring a picnic, sit in a quiet place close to the water and watch the birds landing in the water...More

1  Thank evelyne679
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved taking the taxi up the hill and hiking through the gorgeous Botanical gardens. Don't miss them!

1  Thank CindiRosse
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have visited El Charco del Ingenio two times, and both times I found it odd just how unpleasant the staff could be. The first time I went with a friend, and was greeted none too warmly by the woman in the gift shop. I...More

Thank Mandy B
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Oh, how I love the botanical garden. The entrance fee is 40 pesos, about two US dollars. A year's membership is 700 pesos, about 40 US dollars. it is so worth it, either way. There is a handy map of the pathways. The greenhouses and...More

2  Thank Viajera-MLW
Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017
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Muchas gracias por compartir tu experiencia! Nos alegra mucho que tus oídos sean sensibles a la belleza que ofrece este...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Lovely hike around the gardens with a knowledgeable volunteer. Different blooms in different seasons. Nice gift shop. I would recommend.More

Thank Harriet F
Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017
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Gracias Harriet! Nuestros guías voluntarios son increíbles! Todas sus palabras van dedicados a seguir conservando este espacio donde la Naturaleza...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

El Charco is full of magic and lovely views. There are abundant cacti and native plants and you immediately feel a sense of peace once you hit the trails. Check their schedule for lectures, events and temezcals for an even deeper experience. Great for the...More

1  Thank kimmex
Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017
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Gracias por tu comentario Kim ! La conservación de la Naturaleza nos ofrece valores hermosos como la paz y la...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017

This is a beautiful place to enjoy at any age, with so much to look at and explore. The photo opportunities are tremendous.More

Thank andreaj0hns0n
Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017
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Gracias Andrea! Cada espacio del Jardín Botánico está llenos de sorpresas para los ojos sensibles a la belleza. Nos alegra...More

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Robert T
18 September 2017|
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Hola Robert, No se permite la entrada con mascotas. saludos,
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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
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