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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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A do-not-miss destination.

Peaceful, clean, quiet and beautiful. This should be on any SMA visitors' list. Inexpensive entry fee and a small but delightful restaurant

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Consecon, Canada
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Consecon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Peaceful, clean, quiet and beautiful. This should be on any SMA visitors' list. Inexpensive entry fee and a small but delightful restaurant

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An excellent place to get to know the local flora. Admirable work done by the civil society not just in preserving but restoring the reserve. And as the cherry on top of the cake: the extraordinary glasshouses, you can feel the love with wich they were made. It is a wonderful place to visit several times a year, you can... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The birding is amazing, so much so it stays with me until I can get to El Charco. Birding in El Charco with the Audubon Society makes it perfect. What a trteat!

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Napa Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the botanical gardens and make it a part of every visit to SMA. I love to do my morning run through the amazing preserve. It is the quickest way to get in nature and the biodiversity of the plants and wildlife is amazing. You will see everything from very manicured gardens, a wetland sancturary, beautiful canyons and great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited often and always enjoy myself. The scenery is constantly changing. The tours led by volunteers are excellent. The last one I attended was a wonderful bird-watching tour. I am a novice birder and learned a great deal.

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Carolyn, gracias por compartir tu experiencia. Nos encanta que los visitantes puedan conocer más sobre la Naturaleza durante su visita.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved walking he trails of this beautiful garden and preserve. From the manicured gardens to the wetland bird sanctuary, it was time well spent. Very beautiful!

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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, Carol. Nos alegra que hayas disfrutado de tu estancia en el Jardín Botánico. En diciembre,... More 

Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the botanical garden. It is a lovely hiking spot, with wonderful examples of native vegetation, as well as information about the traditions of the people that inhabited the area long ago. We especially liked the conservatory of Mexican plants (the greenhouse), a showcase of the area's biodiversity. The park map made it easy for us to find our... 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 completo comentario! Nos alegra que nuestros visitantes sean sensibles a la Naturaleza y aprecien este espacio... More 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This garden area is wonderful with lots to see. We went on the 3 hour Bird Tour in the garden and saw 23 different birds.

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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 compartir tu experiencia en El Charco! Esperamos pronto puedas regresar y observar las más de 160 especies que... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We enjoyed a hike through many kinds of cacti, most of which were in full bloom. Lots of birds to watch, especially hummingbirds. You would never know how close you are to the city. An easy hike.

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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 compartir tu experiencia con nosotros! Tuviste mucha suerte de ver a la primavera en todo su esplendor.... More 

Amite, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

This is a park at the edge of San Miguel. There are hiking trails around and through the park. The trails are unimproved, but easy to walk. The environment is basically desert and the park and gardens feature desert plants. There is a lake in the park, but it is silted up and unattractive. The best trail follows the rim... 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 compartir tu experiencia en el Jardín Botánico. Las 67 hectáreas de Área Natural Protegida, cambian con las... More 

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