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El Charco del Ingenio

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A feast for the eyes and the soul

This botanical garden is home to multiple species of birds butterflies and plants. It is peaceful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Carmel W
Austin, Texas
A cool and unusual plce to visit in SMA

It's much more than a botanical garden... the location is huge and includes a canyon, a pond a dam... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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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...more
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Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 415 154 4715
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This botanical garden is home to multiple species of birds butterflies and plants. It is peaceful and scenic. Try and arrive in time for a delicious breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice. And leave time for the charming gift shop.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Carmel W
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's much more than a botanical garden... the location is huge and includes a canyon, a pond a dam inhabited by many local and migrating birds. The greenhoise has amgreat selection of succulent plants, and was first estabilished by the cactus expert and myth Charlie...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dainajasmine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in desert plants, trees and fauna of the area, this is a great introduction. Coming from Arizona I am familiar with many desert plants and trees, but it is interesting to see what grows here. Also saw 31+ species of birds...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Penny P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friends suggested we see El Charco but so we wouldn’t be disappointed they added that it’s not much more than grass and cactus, not like other botanical gardens with lots of plants and flowers. With our expectations lowered, we surprisingly loved El Charco. there are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank palomaDC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if you will be in town for an extended period of time, sure go. However if in town for just a few days I would say skip.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank joanlevick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First: wear good shoes. Meaning, NOT flip flops. Not cute little strappy sandals. But at least running shoes, and even better, hiking boots. While the pathways in and around El Charco are not steep, there are uneven surfaces, stones, and nasty biting ANTS. And maybe...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank KateShrewsbury
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mostly east of town. Figure on around 1 1/2 hours to walk thru the Botanic Gardens trails. We especially liked the canyon area. There are almost no guard ropes or rails so be careful near the edge. There is a freshwater spring at the bottom...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank chitownsam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In 2014 I was in SMA with a group of photographers and we went to the garden. I took my wife there a couple of weeks ago and it was just OK. The main thing to see is the greenhouse and the cacti.

Date of experience: March 2019
Reviewed March 13, 2019

We walked here from the centre of San Miguel following Google Maps, which was a little bit off the actual route but totally worth the walk! It took about 30 minutes through the streets and the high-end neighbourhood and then along a dusty path to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SarahT6311
Reviewed March 11, 2019 via mobile

Just simply a Bea and peaceful botanical garden and trail. The endless trails will take you to some of most prettiest spots. Make sure to bring hats, sunblock and water. There is a small restaurant as well as a store selling various natural products.

Date of experience: March 2019
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January 25, 2019|
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Response from H7678XMcarolyns | Reviewed this property |
I saw a shuttle when I was leaving but we took a taxi there and then walked back into the city center.
Tanya P
August 15, 2018|
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Hola Tanya, we accept only cash.
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Response from mariel806 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I hope you had a great trip. it is absolutely possible to walk there. My husband and I walked to the Tuesday market, and then walked to El Charco, before walking back into town. We walked past El Mirador to get the... More