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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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Great hike!

Wonderful surprise! We had breakfast there before our hike. Large varieties of succulents and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Beaumont, Texas

El Charco del Ingenio is a botanical garden containing every cacti and succulent existing. During... read more

Reviewed 6 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 2 days ago

Wonderful surprise! We had breakfast there before our hike. Large varieties of succulents and cacti - good for birding and beautiful scenery.

1  Thank vivit5
Reviewed 6 days ago

El Charco del Ingenio is a botanical garden containing every cacti and succulent existing. During the rainy season, dramatic waterfalls break the silence and hares and occasionally fox can be seen skitting across the paths. A photographer's 'must'.

Thank magofailoni
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you tire of shopping, walking on cobblestone streets, and visiting restaurants, you'll want to visit El Charco for a deserved break from city stuff. A haven of high desert beauty, the botanical gardens are full of indigenous plants, a shallow reservoir which (weather permitting)...More

Thank Seth R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a wonderful guided hike with a local resident who is an avid birder. It is free through the local Audubon (although you do have to pay the park entrance fee.) Saw quite a few new birds, including a lesser goldfinch and a...More

Thank Blue L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The charco is a lovely canyon with well-maintained trails. A perfect afternoon or morning hike, with an incredible view of all of San Miguel de Allende from its furthest reaches. During rainy season, crashing waterfalls.

Thank lauraphrazer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Need to take a moment out from the hub-hub of San Miguel de Allende busy activity and chill in peace and quiet for a little while? Then do a lap of the Botanical Garden. Ten minutes from downtown, a taxi will whisk you there at...More

1  Thank gfellow
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've enjoyed many happy trails within the 140 acres at El Charco. And, the coffee at the cafe is pure, Vive Mexico!

Thank Alexis606060
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We built a special Brush Fire Unit for "Jardín Botánico". The people that work there are super nice. I think there's over 500 different types of cactus there. I would recommend this place to someone that likes taking walks in a garden.

Thank drses2014
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Gorgeous and unusual, this 25 year old botanical preserve is restoring valuable habitat while providing a glimpse into the wildness that once prevailed. Tip: There is a free shuttle that will take you there and back on certain days of the week. It leaves from...More

2  Thank Patricia W
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This extensive site is full of native and exotic desert flora. The succulent house is particularly beautiful. The gift shop has high quality items and breakfast at the food stand was delicious!

Thank MJ W
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Ellen S
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
24 March 2017|
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Response from barbara w | Reviewed this property |
It's in the middle of a lot of open space , so you can visit the area around it, it's basically desert, not particularly beautiful. There may also be ways to get in at the end nearest San Miguel, I remember there were houses... More