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El Charco del Ingenio

Address: Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Phone Number: 52 415 154-4715
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Owner description: El Charco del Ingenio is a botanical garden and nature preserve just a few minutes from the...
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Owner description: 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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Kansas City
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The ruins are not the most magnificient nor largest...BUT the location is wonderful and Albert Coffee as your guide makes it the BEST tour I've ever had with a guide! You walk in about 3/4 a mile...which is lovely, but you need good walking shoes for the stones...Albert Coffee explains the civilization and ruins in such detail that you come... More 

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Ellensburg, Washington
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Nicely done nature reserve, just out of town. Lots of birds and good trails. You need a taxi to get there(35 pesos).

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Boston
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have lived seasonally in San Miguel for over ten years - refugees from New England winter - and we love it. But town life can be intense, and the Charco provides a charming and essential respite. The cactus are beautiful; the walk paths are inviting; the built environment is intriguing. There are old ruins to explore, birds to watch,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a wonderful place to learn about the local flora and a beautiful walk. Get there on time for a guided tour by very knowledgeable volunteer guides. There's a small cafe, gift shop and a fun children's area.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We spent a lovely morning hiking the trails in this beautiful and peaceful setting. The trails are, mostly, well marked, and the map was easy to follow. The canyon is gorgeous, and flora of cacti and succulents was equally beautiful. After about an hour walk we enjoyed a simple, but delicious lunch in the outdoor cafe. Try the refreshing fresh... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Even though is not an amazing playground for kids, my daughter loves it... Even in the holidays when there are a lot of tourist around, it doesn't feel crowded at all

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Fiumicello - Santa Venere, Italy
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68 reviews 68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Wow, this was so much fun. Plan to spend several hours wandering the grounds. Grab a coffee at the cafe right inside past the reception desk, and your binoculars for bird sightings and you are set.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Set just outside of San Miguel is a lovely botanic garden. It's always changing, depending on the time of year you visit. They offer plants for sale and bird-watching with a guide. Marvelous view of the surrounding countryside, with a lovely lake that attracts many birds. There's a nice gift shop and the food is good, too.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A most beautiful botanical garden with many walks and a myriad of different fauna and flora. Full of birds, water, art, cactus and places to sit peacefully and enjoy the views. There is a small cantina with pretty good food and a nice little shop with bird books and other art objects. One could spend a full day there and... 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 tu apreciación sobre el Jardín Botánico. Cada día es diferente en El Charco del Ingenio, seguro... More 

Portland, Oregon
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Wonderful botanic garden with lovely strolling. While we were there there was a very moving installation art exhibit related to the young students who had recently been abducted and killed,

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Marisa A, Directora de Comunicación at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu comentario, El Charco del Ingenio se solidariza con la situación del país al que queremos tanto. saludos,... More 

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