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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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Really negative vibe from staff, very disappointing

I have visited El Charco del Ingenio two times, and both times I found it odd just how unpleasant... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mandy B
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Carrboro, North Carolina
listening to the birds and the wind

Oh, how I love the botanical garden. The entrance fee is 40 pesos, about two US dollars. A year's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Viajera-MLW
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Portland, Oregon
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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 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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Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have visited El Charco del Ingenio two times, and both times I found it odd just how unpleasant the staff could be. The first time I went with a friend, and was greeted none too warmly by the woman in the gift shop. I...More

Thank Mandy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh, how I love the botanical garden. The entrance fee is 40 pesos, about two US dollars. A year's membership is 700 pesos, about 40 US dollars. it is so worth it, either way. There is a handy map of the pathways. The greenhouses and...More

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Muchas gracias por compartir tu experiencia! Nos alegra mucho que tus oídos sean sensibles a la belleza que ofrece este...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely hike around the gardens with a knowledgeable volunteer. Different blooms in different seasons. Nice gift shop. I would recommend.More

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Gracias Harriet! Nuestros guías voluntarios son increíbles! Todas sus palabras van dedicados a seguir conservando este espacio donde la Naturaleza...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Charco is full of magic and lovely views. There are abundant cacti and native plants and you immediately feel a sense of peace once you hit the trails. Check their schedule for lectures, events and temezcals for an even deeper experience. Great for the...More

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Gracias por tu comentario Kim ! La conservación de la Naturaleza nos ofrece valores hermosos como la paz y la...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place to enjoy at any age, with so much to look at and explore. The photo opportunities are tremendous.More

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Gracias Andrea! Cada espacio del Jardín Botánico está llenos de sorpresas para los ojos sensibles a la belleza. Nos alegra...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely place to spend an afternoon, especially if you fancy a change of scenery from the city of San Miguel de Allende. There are over 80 hectares to explore and many beautiful flora to see. If travelling solo you'll need to take a taxi....More

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Reviewed August 19, 2017

El Charco is a great place to walk and see native plants. The signage identifying the plants is good and the conservatory is impressive with many different cacti from Mexico. The paths are a bit confusing, but it doesn't matter, because the walk is so...More

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Muchas gracias por compartir tu comentario. Nos alegra mucho que hayas disfrutado tu estancia. Saludos!

Reviewed July 31, 2017

This botanical garden is very much worth a visit, but the flora and fauna you see will be very dependent on time of year/weather pattern. July was a bit hot, and there wasn't much in the way of wildlife. My last visit included a ton...More

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2017
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Hola! Muchas gracias por compartir tu comentario. Sí, el Jardín Botánico siempre tiene sorpresas bellas en cada estación del año,...More

Reviewed July 31, 2017

This less frequented preserve compares to those in Arizona. Best to take the 20 min. free van ride, T,T,S,S at 9:30am from the Plaza Civica, as walking uphill for the distance especially in heat would be a real chore. Morning is best anyway for the...More

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2017
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Excelente consejo el de venir en las primeras horas del día! Recomendamos que antes de visitar cualquier lugar, puedan visitar...More

Reviewed July 27, 2017

You could walk from town to this beautiful park but you may want to save your energy (since it would be all uphill) to walk within the park. There is an interesting collection of succulents, a very unique greenhouse, and a great series of sculpts...More

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2017
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Hola Seth, muchas gracias por compartir tu experiencia! Es una excelente referencia para los viajeros, así com visitar nuestra página...More

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To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing along the lines of children's swings or entertainment. This is a botanical garden with walking paths exhibiting native plants, trees, cactus and some endangered species. You're... More
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