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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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An easy must-see while in San Miguel!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to El Charco. Our guide, Norman, was very knowledgeable about the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sssmith0124
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
Must visit - stunning landscape, hiking trails, great views of SMA

My wife and I spent a few hours hiking though the botanical garden and we cannot wait to return... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
HI_McDunnough
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Lexington, Kentucky
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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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“native plants” (22 reviews)
“free shuttle” (16 reviews)
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Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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+52 415 154 4715
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to El Charco. Our guide, Norman, was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, and about the history of the area. He was able to point out various specimen of cacti and other vegetation, and speak with us about the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent a few hours hiking though the botanical garden and we cannot wait to return. We hiked from the center of SMA and while it was uphill it was a great way to see some of the neighborhoods along the way....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful display of cacti. When everything is in bloom it is a sight to see. There's a wealth of information concerning the plants, the synergies and the history of medicines behind them in this area. If nothing else, get some great ideas for...More

Thank Judith L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place! I particularly loved seeing all the different types of cactus. Gorgeous surroundings and views. Another fantastic visit to El Charco.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Horrible place, too much alergens, and no information given, expected much more. The landscapes are not what shown in the broschures

Thank Luis R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great. There are some real contrasts. The area down by the dam and the canyon is wonderful. It’s quite popular with local expats. There are also some great plants to see.

Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rude staff, there are just a few cactuses, no flowers or the variety they announce, the cafeteria is expensive, it's like a wild park, far from the city centre.

Thank Elozsal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The garden is beautiful and beautifully maintained. The views are stunning, and the plant species are wonderful

Thank Tom W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful park of native desert plant life. Take a cab up and walk back to town fro an extra leg stretch. Bird watching on the reservoir. Flowering cacti. Cool "shade" house. Food and beverages available at the entrance.

Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a 2 hour tour of El Charco with Andrew, one of the guides who was fabulous. We toured the dam, the slopes just of the reservoir and learned about the cacti there, how they grew, propagated and survived in the desert--some can go...More

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George-Papi
1 February 2018|
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Response from Marie L | 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
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Robert T
18 September 2017|
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Response from Marisa A | Property representative |
Hola Robert, No se permite la entrada con mascotas. saludos,
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