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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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For an early morning walk or for cactus and nature lovers. Very interesting, excellent information centre

Take an early morning walk from the Jardin (40 minutes) or a taxi. It's a Botanic Garden as well as a nature preserve area. From time to time events are organized such as the... read more

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Geroldswil, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Take an early morning walk from the Jardin (40 minutes) or a taxi. It's a Botanic Garden as well as a nature preserve area. From time to time events are organized such as the famous temascal/sauna experience.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The preserve has hikes that are great for beginners and families. I enjoy going there in the mornings during rainy season, to enjoy lush green lakes and birds. The entrance fee is very reasonable and they have a nice little gift shop and cafe where you can enjoy Agua Miel and local crafts.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Get away from the crowds in this easy to get to place (15 min. by taxi or free shuttle). Beautiful natural environment with labeled plants, good trails that make variously sized circle hikes (your choice when to circle back to reception), including the trail along the river, dam, waterfall..., past ancient ruins, and to a spectacular view of San Miguel.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit. I'm more accustomed to Botanic Gardens that feature exotic plants from all over the world, but the Charo del Ingenio is about local plants and they are amazing. If you like cactus and succulents and birds (who flock to the lake in the center ), check it out!

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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Hola Bonnie, muchas gracias por tu mensaje! Así es, El Charco es un lugar muy especial dedicado a la conservación.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

we spent a morning here and really enjoyed the beautiful grounds. paths are well marked. the native plants are beautiful. we saw lots of birds around the lake. everything is clean and well-kept. you can walk the entire park in about 2 hours. there is a terrific view of San Miguel from one of the view points. the facilities include... 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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Hola! muchas gracias por tu comentario. Nos alegra mucho que nuestros visitantes vengan a vivir la experiencia apreciar la Naturaleza... More 

Consecon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

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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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Nos alegra que hayas disfrutado tu estancia. El Charco es un espacio para disfrutar la Naturaleza, nos alegra que hayas... More 

Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Hola Karla, muchas gracias por tu comentario! Nos alegra mucho que hayas disfrutado tu visita. Nos encantan los perros! Sin... More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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Marisa A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this review
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Nos alegra mucho que hayas disfrutado de esta experiencia. Seguro lograste ver muchas aves! La conjunción de los 3 hábitats... More 

Napa Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

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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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! Seguiremos trabajando para cuidad este espacio dedicado a la conservación y educación ambiental para... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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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