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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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Beautiful and unique Botanical Garden

What a beautiful natural place! it's lovely to see that SMA has developed such a wonderful place just minutes from El Centrol. I highly recommend a visit!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Puerto Vallarta
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Puerto Vallarta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful natural place! it's lovely to see that SMA has developed such a wonderful place just minutes from El Centrol. I highly recommend a visit!

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My kiddos ages 7 & 10 and I had a wonderful 3+ hours here. We took the free shuttle (pick up on Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sun at 9:30 on Mesones just in front or the square in front of the main church) which made transportation easy. We paid 40 pesos/person admission. We could have paid 80/person which included the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For something a little different in San Miguel, take a taxi to El Charco. The place is truly a gem and a great escape from the city. The trails are well maintained and you have miles to choose from. The scenery is everything from numerous cacti, to a wetlands area, to a gorge that is fun to cross. Would recommend... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in the AM after the park had just opened. This was a majestic desert treat. There are numerous trails teeming with wildlife. We made our way through the cactus area, down to the reservoir and across the dam, over the gorge and back to the reception area covering about 4 miles. Our toddler really enjoyed the children's area with... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On Tuesday Thursday Saturday and Sunday a free shuttle takes visitors up the hill to spend a few hours in this bliss of nature looking over the city. It leaves at 9:30am and returns at 1:00pm from the bus stop on Mesoness on the corner of the Plaza Civica. Of course, taxis go there too. Once at the botanical garden,... More 

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

The green hospitality, cafe and 150 acres, with walking/jogging paths is supremo wonder. Complimentary transportation on select days; pick up on Mesones; 10 minute drive. I also will attend their 25 year fiesta this September 30, 2016. Salud.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El Charcoal del Ingenio is a beautiful botanical garden that offers gorgeous views of the city, great hikes, and an overview of the local vegetation. Great for couples and kids this is definitely a must do activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our trip to the botanical garden. I was glad that we visited in the morning. This was a really informative experience. We learned a lot about the various plants of this semi-arid region. Plan on taking at least two hours. There is also a nature preserve beside the botanical garden where you can see wildlife such as birds... More 

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La mañana es de los mejores momentos para visitar el Jardín! Esperamos que hayas disfrutado la experiencia. Vuelvan pronto el... More 

Geroldswil, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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Aguamiel... es delicioso! Gracias por su visita! Nos encanta recibir a visitantes sensibles a la belleza de la Naturaleza. Regresen... More 

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