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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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We had a wonderful walk amongst the plants, birds and butterflies

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Hola Gaby, muchas gracias por tu comentario. Regresa pronto a El Charco del Ingenio :) saludos! More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This garden tour really showed the stark beauty of Mexico. Cacti and flowers - just stunning. I'm from the Eastern U.S. and I thought of this as the Mexican version of Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania.

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Hola Stacy, muchas gracias por su comentario. Esperamos regreses pronto a El Charco del Ingenio :) saludos, More 

Austin, Texas, USA
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228 reviews 228 reviews
97 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We had visited the Jardin Botanico years ago and were delighted it is even in better conditions than before. This site features plants that are native in this area. There is signage on many plants denoting their names. The green house is lovingly cared for and a wonderful variety is visible there. The walk is worth it to see the... More 

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu comentario Gloria! Regresa pronto a visitarnos. Saludos desde el JardínBotánico. More 

Warrenton, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Hola! muchas gracias por tu comentario. El taxi de regreso tiene un costo extra por el servicio a domicilio. Nos... More 

Culver City, California
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241 reviews 241 reviews
31 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 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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Marisa A, Director de Recepción at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu comentario. Ahora tenemos servicio de transportación gratuita desde el centro de las ciudad hasta el Jardín Botánico.... More 

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Address: 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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