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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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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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Great walks - free on Sunday for locals

Lovely peaceful place. Nice lil spot to check out native wildlife (cacti, birds, brush, spiders). The best part are the water hole canyons (not for swimming) for crawling over the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Meghan D
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely peaceful place. Nice lil spot to check out native wildlife (cacti, birds, brush, spiders). The best part are the water hole canyons (not for swimming) for crawling over the walks and checking out the awesome geological phenomenon. Recommend going at sunset just before closing for a peaceful place to collect your thoughts.

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Sonoma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A botanical, a bit of art, a bit of history, and a canyon. We walked to this place from town along rough roads and up hills. It was enjoyable yet if you are not fit take a taxi. Once there we walked for about 2 or so miles inside the garden. There are many drought tolerant, succulent plants to admire.... 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 visita Sonoma! Regresa pronto al Jardín Botánico :) More 

Escondido, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been visiting San Miguel for the last 10 years and finally made my first trip to El Charco del Ingenio. Please, go on your first trip to San Miguel and do not wait 10 years like me! There is so much to absorb! The natural beauty is enhanced by the winds that blow through the canyon and beyond.... More 

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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10 años! Lo mejor fue que ya lo conociste y El Charco siempre estará esperando por ti :) saludos, More 

Langley, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked up from our three month rental in Azteca. The Botanical Garden is a work in progress, but really, not more needs to be done. It is a beautiful place and one can spend a few hours here just enjoying the presa and the exotic cacti. The dam that created the presa fed a watermill that powered the city,... 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 Peter! Y prepárate... este años celebraremos el 25 aniversario del Jardín Botánico, así que festejaremos con... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

i love places like this, where visionary people saw a need and created something very special. What could now be one more developed area is a sanctuary for plants, birds, animals ... and people. We walked from our house, arriving in time for the free (in English) tour at 10am. Our volunteer guides shared the garden's history, along with basic... More 

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias por tu comentario. Nos alegra que hayas disfrutado la caminata. El tour en inglés no es gratis... tiene... More 

Williamsburg, Kentucky
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed so much the walk through this park it was a great break from the city. You can walk at your own pace and it is not uncomfortable hilly. If you like nature you will love this park.

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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 Darrell! regresa pronto al Jardín Botánico. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most interesting place in town for me. You get the full experience: nature, adventure and mistery. Really proud of these guys.

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias por tu comentario, Mónica! Sí, también nos parece que es el lugar más interesante de la ciudad. Amamos... More 

Whitehorse, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This area is fantastic for families. Really impressive constructed habitat for wetland and desert birds. Excellent conservation and educational material of the large collection of rescued and featured plant life. Well maintained trails.

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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 Roger! Nos encanta que nuestros visitantes disfruten y aprecien el valor es esta Área Natural Protegida.... More 

Dallas
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful way to see the native plants of the area along with humming birds and butterflies and the water fowl.

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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! More 

Long island, New York
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El charco is a botanical garden on the outskirts of San Miguel. There is a service they run now where a free shuttle is provided to and from on certain days and times. Otherwise, one walks or taxis. The gardens have local and imported flora and fauna in a peaceful setting. The walks are well marked and not difficult to... 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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Muchas gracias por tu comentario! Consejos muy útiles para nuestros próximos viajeros. Vuelve pronto al Jardín Botánico :) More 

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