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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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Montreal, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Took the grandchildren once again..Sketched, took photographs, strolled along the various foot paths...Then had a snack in their out door cafe....Bought some special gifts in their very attractive shop...

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Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
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11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The botanic garden at El Charco del Ingenio is well worth a visit. If you are staying in a downtown hotel, the walk up the hill to the entrace is also worth doing, if a little strenuous, as it passes some of the remarkable homes that have been built in SMA by expat gringos. The botanic garden costs 40 pesos... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

During the winter and spring months at sunset the amazing sight of a murmuration visible from El Charco fills the sky with thousands of birds flying in unison. The beautiful nature preserve with trails, exhibits, flowers and natural habitats is just minutes from central San Miguel but miles away in respite.

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New York City, New York
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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This large garden near town has a multitude of local flora and fauna. It's fascinating, but needs a few places to escape the sun.

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Rhinebeck, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

A wonderful place, were you get to experience the natural surrpundings at it's fullest potential. Amazing plants, beautiful views, and delicious traditional drink called aguamiel.

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Merrickville, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My family and I spent a few hours visiting this very fine botanical garden. El Charco is a most unique place which is an absolute must for everyone who has a soft spot for prickly things. Highly recommended.

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Banff National Park, Canada
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36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We enjoyed our day or morning at the Botanical Gardens, the greenhouse, the walk along the lake and canyon and into SMA.The last stretch offers great views of SMA and took us through a gate and into town, ending up at the Mercado just in time for a late lunch. The desert cactus and succulents, the birds at the lake... More

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Gabriola Island, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

If you would just like some peace and quiet in a truly beautiful botanical garden filled with local cacti and plants, this is the place. The taxi ride up the hills to the garden allows you to see some of the large homes of San Miguel and then you get to stroll around El Charco for as long as you... More

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Sydney
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk around the gardens and the gorge. The place has a mystical feel. It is obvious it needs more funding which more visitors would help . However a must. Don't walk up there - catch a taxi as it's not close to town and the walk around the gardens is not short.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Located about 1.5 miles east of downtown on a hill above the city, the nature reserve is extremely interesting. A diverse selection of native plants with explanations in Spanish. There is a small café with good, reasonably priced food, drinks, and snacks. Get there by walking through nice the neighborhoods, using a good map, or take a cab. Entrance fee... More

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