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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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The 'puddle' or El Charco played a huge role in the history of San Miguel. The efforts to return the area to its original state are working! Go to see what wonders are returning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Virginia
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Virginia
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The 'puddle' or El Charco played a huge role in the history of San Miguel. The efforts to return the area to its original state are working! Go to see what wonders are returning to the area.

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Chicago
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a nice, long hike in this beautiful spot enjoying the landscape and views. Great bird watching! We took a taxi from San Miguel, asking the driver to come back for us. He didn't but we were able to pick up a cab back at El Charco. We learned later that we should of negotiated the two way ride... More 

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Thank ChicagoEllen
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

El Charco is located in the hills high above Centro San Miguel. If you're in good shape, take your time and start walking uphill on Homobono near the Ramirez Market. The street changes name to Cuesta San Jose. El Charco is on your left as you continue up Cuesta San Jose. There is a very nice cafe on site and... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely peaceful place. Nice lil spot to check out native wildlife (cacti, birds, brush, spiders). The best part are the water hole canyons (not for swimming) for crawling over the walks and checking out the awesome geological phenomenon. Recommend going at sunset just before closing for a peaceful place to collect your thoughts.

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Sonoma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A botanical, a bit of art, a bit of history, and a canyon. We walked to this place from town along rough roads and up hills. It was enjoyable yet if you are not fit take a taxi. Once there we walked for about 2 or so miles inside the garden. There are many drought tolerant, succulent plants to admire.... More 

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu visita Sonoma! Regresa pronto al Jardín Botánico :) More 

Escondido, California
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been visiting San Miguel for the last 10 years and finally made my first trip to El Charco del Ingenio. Please, go on your first trip to San Miguel and do not wait 10 years like me! There is so much to absorb! The natural beauty is enhanced by the winds that blow through the canyon and beyond.... More 

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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10 años! Lo mejor fue que ya lo conociste y El Charco siempre estará esperando por ti :) saludos, More 

Langley, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked up from our three month rental in Azteca. The Botanical Garden is a work in progress, but really, not more needs to be done. It is a beautiful place and one can spend a few hours here just enjoying the presa and the exotic cacti. The dam that created the presa fed a watermill that powered the city,... More 

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu comentario Peter! Y prepárate... este años celebraremos el 25 aniversario del Jardín Botánico, así que festejaremos con... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

i love places like this, where visionary people saw a need and created something very special. What could now be one more developed area is a sanctuary for plants, birds, animals ... and people. We walked from our house, arriving in time for the free (in English) tour at 10am. Our volunteer guides shared the garden's history, along with basic... More 

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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 tu comentario. Nos alegra que hayas disfrutado la caminata. El tour en inglés no es gratis... tiene... More 

Williamsburg, Kentucky
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed so much the walk through this park it was a great break from the city. You can walk at your own pace and it is not uncomfortable hilly. If you like nature you will love this park.

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu comentario Darrell! regresa pronto al Jardín Botánico. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Most interesting place in town for me. You get the full experience: nature, adventure and mistery. Really proud of these guys.

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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 tu comentario, Mónica! Sí, también nos parece que es el lugar más interesante de la ciudad. Amamos... More 

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