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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 historical city of San Miguel de Allende. The name comes... more » 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. « less
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La Quinta, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Interesting and organized trails high light the natural beauty of the native landscape. We saw it in July during the rainy season and many plants were blooming and all the vegetation was green and cool.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you can manage it, I recommend walking to the botanical garden it’s a great way to see the city. The garden is beautiful. We enjoyed a drink in the little café before exploring the garden and canyon below. This is a beautiful nature walk.

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San Miguel de Allende
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This botanical garden is a must for visitors and residents alike. It is beautiful year round. Now that rainy season has arrived the garden is beginning to show it's numerous wild flowers and high desert surprises. The paths are meticulously kept. They have a charming restaurant and a great little store filled with educational toys and books. This is a... More

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Ottawa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I enjoyed the botanical walk in April of '13 I did take a cab out to the gardens. Not all cab drivers like the drive out there One of the workers, called for a cab for my return in to SM .....all worked out well I loved walking the trail but it was 1pm so I probably should have walked... More

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maine
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9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Every year this wonderful desert botanical garden has a concert in the canyon. Hundreds of people settle down on ledges and rock crannies to listen to the music float up from below. This year a Mexican brass group played everything from classical to ragtime. Take a pillow to sit on and enjoy an evening of music.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Cactus and endemic plants give this place a great ambience, the trip takes you to amazing views, a dam and for the most adventurous there is a way to go down to the river with amazing views.

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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

OK, let's be honest....this is not a complete "back to nature" experience. If you want to completely get off the grid, for a day, this really isn't your place. There is a coffee shop, and your mobile phone will work just fine. And, you can see plenty of houses from the Charco. BUT...it's a great place to spend an afternoon,... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

'El Charco del Ingenio' is a botanical preserve in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It's a place whose mission is to protect endangered species of cacti, as well as to educate the public~ especially children~ about the beauty of this natural world. It is my favorite place here. There are many trails, some level and easy, some more challenging. You... More

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Miami, FL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

El Charco (also called el Jardin Botanico) is a surprising and fascinating experience, if you enjoy a walk out in a desert setting, with the chance to encounter a variety of desert plants gathered from many places. There are a huge assembly of different kinds of cactus and succulents, many of which have been rescued from destruction by development. One... More

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Sacramento, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is a very large and peaceful botanical garden with a wide variety of desert based plants. One problem - we were there at mid-day and it was pretty hot. Most of my friends walk there early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

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