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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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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... more » 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. « less
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Burlington, Vermont
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

If you're in San Miguel de Allende this is a great place to find peace and quiet, lovely walks, beautiful scenery, a terrific snack bar and a huge collection of cactus. There are numerous special events like the sweats and full moon ceremonies. I walk to El Charco from where I was staying and found the walk a great way... More

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Dallas, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We failed to go to El Charco on our last visit to SMA and we really missed something special. This is unlike any other botanical gardens I have ever visited. We were looking for a good walk with scenery and El Charco did not disappoint us. The views are amazing and I have never seen so many types of cacti.... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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77 reviews 77 reviews
33 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Walking among the rustic trails, a visitor to El Charco gets a great idea of what the surrounding landscape looked like before development. The size of the cactus with their beautiful colorful "tunas" is impressive. Be sure to take time to explore the greenhouse - a wonderful display of plants from all over Mexico.

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Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Beautiful place, lovely little shop with hand made souvenirs and great reads, GREAT coffeshop and food, friendly staff, you have to stop at the conservaroty, we also went to a full moon meditation that was great, if you are in San Miguel you have to visit this place, it was by far the highlight of our trip.

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El Charco del I... R, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review

PCorneliaBH, Thanks for your great comment ! Welcome every day of the year to El Charco del Ingenio. More

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Very relaxing. Well organized and thought out - a preserve set aside to teach children and others to honor the nature around them. Often art and cultural events are held here. Definitely worth the trip 10 minutes outside of San Miguel de Allende!

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El Charco del I... R, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review

Hola, thanks for your comment! Welcome to El Charco del Ingenio every day of the year :) Regards, marisa More

Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We walked here from town, slightly uphill along cobble stone streets which passes many beautiful homes. This botanic garden has a great variety of local flora primarily cactus, all really well marked along maintained paths. It is not really marked but you can go down into the canyon but beware its down some very steep and long ladders, not for... More

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181 reviews 181 reviews
32 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Good for a few hours of walking in the nice botanical garden / park. Amazing variety of cactus. Couldnt pass to the other side of the dam. Small restaurant with good fruit juices

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I live in San Miguel most of the year and walk in el Charco del Ingenio regularly alone and with my family. Located a few minutes from the historical center, El Charco del Ingenio is a Botanical Garden and outstanding Nature Preserve. It also displays a vast botanical collection of cacti and other Mexican plants. The landscape is stunning. There... More

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La Quinta, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Interesting and organized trails high light the natural beauty of the native landscape. We saw it in July during the rainy season and many plants were blooming and all the vegetation was green and cool.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you can manage it, I recommend walking to the botanical garden it’s a great way to see the city. The garden is beautiful. We enjoyed a drink in the little café before exploring the garden and canyon below. This is a beautiful nature walk.

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