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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...
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Type: Parks, Outdoors
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.

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Arlington, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This natural preserve is only 10 minutes and a quick 40 peso ride from downtown! It takes about 1-1/2 hours to walk the entire thing and totally worth it for the amazing views - probably best of the entire city and cool plant life. It's a nice break from the city for a few hours - take a taxi up... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

It would be sad to come to San Miguel de Allende and not see El Charco. I would advise that instead of taking a taxi or driving that you walk up the steep hills of Questa de San Jose because the experience is worth it. You will get a totally different feeling for SMA if you do more walking and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Do not leave San Miguel de Allende before you visit the El Charco del Ingenio/ Botanic Garden. On the outskirts of town – a 10 minute, 50 peso taxi ride – the park filled with endless variities of cacti, flowers and plants along the trails through park . You can do a short walk or a long hike – the... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

in reality what was suppose to be the hummingbird(colibri) festival turned in a nature hike as well as a look into old san miguel de allende's past.true spectacular,as well as informative.and the eco garden was an interesting side note.worth the cab ride up to see.advisory:do it early if it looks as though it will be a hot day and dress... More 

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Mazatlan, Sinaloa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This park is located on the outskirts of San Miguel but in a taxi it is very reasonable and doable. (35-50pelsos). The park is a fantastic variety of plants, trees and cacti. At the entrance you will receive a map and you can make you walk just a far as you like. There is also a small concession and a... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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44 helpful votes 44 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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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
5 helpful votes 5 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 

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