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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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Not your typical botanical garden! Worth a visit

In the high central elevation of San Miguel, this natural botanical garden has native cactus and... read more

Reviewed yesterday

IF you visit San Miguel Allende the Charco is a must ! It shows us the beauty before & still of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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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
+52 415 154 4715
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Reviewed yesterday

In the high central elevation of San Miguel, this natural botanical garden has native cactus and succulents to admire. The lake is full of birds and there are walking paths surrounding it. The biggest surprise was the limestone canyon that you can admire from above...More

Thank chicago90Phoenix
Reviewed 5 days ago

IF you visit San Miguel Allende the Charco is a must ! It shows us the beauty before & still of this area. To visit the history of Mexico visit SMA

Thank colman56
Reviewed 5 days ago

Just a superb semi-natural spot outside San Miguel de Allende. I say "semi-natural" because the body of water is a reservoir, not a natural lake, and the grounds are highly manicured and maintained. However, all the plants are native, the trails are great, and there...More

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This garden can be accessed via complimentary shuttle pickup at the plaza civica. Check website for timing and days offered. The trip up the hill is also interesting as you go by some snazzy residential developments. San Miguel Allende is a popular place for winter...More

Thank annikarosenqvist
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Make no mistake about it, this is nothing more than a significant walk through a cactus garden. Some exotic. Not really worth the trouble to get there. Had a cafe for refreshments.

Thank John G
Reviewed 1 week ago

For those interested in gardens, probably a bit of a disappointment. I think the problem is probably to much acreage and too few staff. This is a botanical garden, but it just seems to blend into the surrounding countryside! Try a select a day not...More

Thank gro05
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful cactus garden on the outskirts of SMA. We had visited it the last time we were in SMA and liked it so much that we returned this year. It is such a change from the typical cityscape of SMA....a great place...More

Thank Diane C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place to hike and to enjoy the vast collection of cacti from across Mexico. Birders will be happy with the variety of habitats. After your walk you can enjoy coffee or a cold drink and a snack at the little food stand....More

Thank Sandy R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous tour with experts Signa, Luke, and Norman.....every 3rd Wednesday at 9. Guides had extra binoculars and scopes so everyone could easily see the interesting birds of this area

Thank Carolyn S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A couple times a week, a van comes to Plaza Civica at 9:30 and takes you there, returning at 1 pm. So easy. Upon arrival, we thought we'd end up sitting around for a long time waiting for 1 pm, but the trails are so...More

Thank blavine
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3 April 2017|
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Response from barefootmart | Reviewed this property |
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