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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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Lovely and amazing

I walked the entire trail loop, stopping to take pictures every few feet, in under 2 hours. Not crowded at all on a Monday. The cab ride there was 40 pesos (from near Centro), but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Warrenton, Virginia
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Warrenton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I walked the entire trail loop, stopping to take pictures every few feet, in under 2 hours. Not crowded at all on a Monday. The cab ride there was 40 pesos (from near Centro), but 60 on the way back (?). An absolutely gorgeous and relaxing place filled with both art and nature -- don't skip this!

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Culver City, California
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27 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I set off on foot from San Miguel, map in hand - thinking it would be an easy walk to this botanical garden. Wrong! My map was way out of scale. However, I did flag down a taxi and the trip was well worth it. There is an interesting loop trail through the property. It's quite a walk - and... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Best time to us is once the rains begin but beautiful all year. Go early when still cool. The plant varieties, the canyon setting all perfect!

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This garden has been arranged to allow quiet time on the trails, opportunities to bird watch, learn about and see native plants and see what the land was like before all the civilization. There is also a delicious snack stand that serbes healthy lunches and drinks and a small gift store.

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Nantes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

For walking or climbing small rocks, for thinking, for enjoying nature with family, a unique spot in San Miguel de Allende that I could visit again and again.

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Collingswood, New Jersey
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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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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
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42 helpful votes 42 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
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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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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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