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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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Description: 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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Great place to hike & birdwatch

This beautiful botanical garden features nice paths, a small greenhouse and a cafe with gift shop. in the rainy season when the cacti are it bloom you can spend hours shooting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Collingswood, New Jersey
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Collingswood, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This beautiful botanical garden features nice paths, a small greenhouse and a cafe with gift shop. in the rainy season when the cacti are it bloom you can spend hours shooting photos and wandering.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Walkable from centro (I walked up the hill to get there, not too much of a stress) and cheap taxi if you take that option (the reception desk will call one for you if you ask when you leave) Walk down by the canyon and listen to the river flow. Check out the sundial thing by the garden of Four... More 

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Dundas, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited El Charco (the botanical gardens) four times while we were in San Miguel de Allende - once for a bird watching walk, once for a tour, once for a spring celebration and concert and the final time just to wander around on our own. We saw about 30 different species of birds, learned all about the plant life... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
60 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I'm used to going to botanical gardens with orchids and roses and all varieties of tropical green plants. But El Charco is mostly cacti. Huge cacti that tower above your head. Tiny cacti with big blooms. This time of year (March/April) many of the large and small cacti are blooming -- white flowers, yellow, purple, and pink. The green house... More 

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Chicago, IL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The short trail along the stunning canyon is not to be missed. You'll be rewarded by a beautiful view of SMA below. There are also ruins from the colonial days, which include an aqueduct and a Watermill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

They have a great group of volunteers who offer tours. Makes for an interesting outing and the small fee goes to continue improving the park. Every year you find new improvements always done with the utmost of care. Very classy place with a great peaceful vibe.

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Savannah
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

There are few places like this in Mexico, especially where we are living (Mexico City). This was a gem, a true asset for the town of San Miguel. We will be back, just to hike here. The ids loved it, the scenery is amazing. It is professionally run, and the cafe (where we had the best breakfast we had during... More 

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Stella, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the birding outings offered on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 9:00 am at El Charco. Norman, Signe, and Mike shared their knowledge and love of birding and it was sincerely appreciated. Cost is 100 pesos for the combined tour and admission. The gardens host a good variety of local and migratory birds and... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

There are few natural places to walk in SMA - this is the best. You can stick to flat paths, or climb over rocks below the dam to see the waterfall (if it has rained recently there will be water in the arroyo). the indoor space for the indigenous plants is really nice. Go, even if you aren't a big... More 

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Ventura, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I didn't know what to expect when I went. It has a lot of trails and benches strategically placed in the shade for views and contemplation. At first I thought it was pretty hot and dry but once I started drinking water and taking breaks in the shade, it really grew on me. Lots of indigenous plant knowledge and examples.... More 

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