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El Charco del Ingenio

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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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Amazing place not so known in San Miguel de Allende

We were astonished by this place, it has an enormous variety of local flora including cacti, crassulaceae, fabaceae, pollinators, some wild animals are also able to see or at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico
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Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We were astonished by this place, it has an enormous variety of local flora including cacti, crassulaceae, fabaceae, pollinators, some wild animals are also able to see or at least to track. The little restaurant offers nice beverages in order to refresh from the walk and heat from the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great outing for all. You can make the hike as intensive or long as you'd like. It is a serene break from the hustle and bustle of the town but don't worry you can still find captivating views of the town if you feel too much separation. Plus you can learn about the local flora and fauna!

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Pender Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We took a short inexpensive taxi ride to the gardens where David Tarrant, a highly respected horticultural expert (and the former host of Canadian Gardner - a popular national gardening program) led us on a very informative and humourous tour of the gardens. The landscape is remarkably varied in such a small area and was humming with insect life, colourful... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We took a taxi to El Charco del Ingenio, upon a local's recommendation. The highlights for me were the spectacular views of the canyon, the agaves, and the conservatory. There's also a cafe, nice bathrooms and a nice gift shop.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We spent about three hours here. It is a short and inexpensive taxi ride from town or you can walk it but it is not a particularly beautiful walk and you may prefer not to go along the roads if it is a hot day: the staff at the visitor centre will call a taxi for you to return to... More 

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Atlanta GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Hubby and I loved the varying landscapes, the cactus, century plants... the lake and the birds, the 4 winds monument...never knew what would be around the bend. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Are you a runner? Want to run without traffic and cobblestones while in San Miguel? This is the place! It's awesome. Beautiful canyon (you may want to walk this section it's so beautiful), lots of trails across the spill way, and interesting botanicals near the main entry. There's so many unique gardens and areas within this place that I discover... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The four of us loved walking the trails, but several hours after eating at the cafe, we all became sick( travelers diarrhea)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is not just a garden, it is a huge park with an amazing walkway through the land. Plan at least 1,5 hours to walk the entire path along the wetlands, above the canyon etc.

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Hola Summer, nos alegra que te haya gustado :) Visítanos pronto en El Charco del Ingenio. Saludos! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I am Mexican and I think very rarely I walk amongst so spectacular, in danger of extinction cactus. Everything is well labeled and the walk is nice and easy. All staff are friendly and the little cafeteria is delicious. Beware the sun as it is intense here.. I brought an umbrella and that was a win :)

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Hola Gaby, muchas gracias por tu comentario. Regresa pronto a El Charco del Ingenio :) saludos! More 

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Address: Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Phone Number: 52 415 154-4715
Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Guanajuato  >  San Miguel de Allende

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