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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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Wonderful community effort has developed this botanical garden just above Balcones in San Miguel. Native plants, history, cactus, small shop and cafe. Go on a morning when there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Wonderful community effort has developed this botanical garden just above Balcones in San Miguel. Native plants, history, cactus, small shop and cafe. Go on a morning when there is a guided tour in English (80 pesos versus 40 pesos for entre libre (admission)). Wear a hat and carry your own water for comfort. Of course, bring your camera! Plant to... More 

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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Took a morning journey to the El Charco. It is a great place to,start the day and have a fresh breakfast then walk through a beautiful cactus and native plant garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A super cool walking through the all park. We took as many pictures as we could. We walked aproximately for two hours.There is a great variety of cactus and regional plants, birds, flowers and also a Cafeteria with delicious salads, pizzas and tortas!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

A great nature walk,many interesting plants and animals to photo. Take a couple bottles of water,which you can buy in the gift store before go start.Either use a guide,or just walk on your own.I walked it,it was hot and tiring,but worth the experience.

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Gilbert, Arizona, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Oh my! I'll try to be polite. It's my goal to visit botanical gardens wherever I travel. This place really needs a lot of TLC. It's terribly overgrown & obviously does not have adequate staffing to maintain the place.

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

It's just a beautiful preserve. Excellent to take your family for a nice hike or a Sunday Brunch. There are two parts of the preserve. The second part is open to dogs and picnics and if you go on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you'll be in the company of Mexican families enjoying a BBQ. Other days are quieter and... More 

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

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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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Hola, muchas gracias por compartir su experiencia. Nos alegra que haya disfrutado de su visita y vuelva pronto para apoyar... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Hola Ann, muchas gracias por tu comentario. El Charco del Ingenio es como un oasis para el ajetreo de la... More 

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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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu detallado comentario. David Tarrant es una gran personas y lo queremos mucho. Nos alegra que hayas disfrutado... More 

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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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu comentario. Regresa pronto al Jardín Botánico. Saludos, marisa More 

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