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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
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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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Make this high on your to-do list in SMA!

What a gem right near the city of SMA. Couldn't believe the peacefulness and beauty of this park. The trails are well marked and not too difficult (some hills) but was a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a gem right near the city of SMA. Couldn't believe the peacefulness and beauty of this park. The trails are well marked and not too difficult (some hills) but was a special way to spend a quiet Sunday. We also were amazed to see that when construction is taking place around the area, El Charco del Ingenio takes in... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This large nature preserve on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende is an excellent way to spend a few relaxing hours. The grounds are carefully cultivated with a wide variety of local flora, the trails are well-maintained and the views of the surrounding mountains are lovely.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went for a great hike, checked out the botanical beauty, played at the park and enjoyed our time. The kids (6 and 8) enjoyed it very much.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Now that I have gone back ten years later, I only wonder why, when I lived here for 7+ years I didn't go more often!! Absolutely gorgeous with indigenious plantings and winding paths. Wednesdays at 9am they have a Birding tour and Tues and Thurs at 10am they have a gardening tour. get there 15 minutes ahead. Tours last abotu... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Taking a walk to and from this specular garden takes a full day to wander the trails, experience the botanical beauty awaiting you at every turn of the wide variety of cacti and other plants, listen and watch the wide variety of birds, wonder at the vistas of San Miguel in the distance and simply sit in the shade and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Get away from the gringo hordes and enjoy some quiet countryside. We really enjoyed our morning here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful collection of cactus and agave plants from around Mexico, including many that are endangered, and included a beautiful walk along a spectacular canyon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a terrific time walking around this well-tended place. the cacti are amazing, the historical explanations fun to read, and the views beautiful. Highly recommend it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We're staying in San Miguel de Allende this week and El Charcoal del Ingenio was highly recommended. We decided to do the guided tour and we're so happy we did. Pam was a fabulous guide, very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The gardens are beautiful and it was fun to learn about the native plants and history... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The botanical garden is high on a hill, outside the centro. A 15 minute cab ride takes you away from the hustle and bustle to a stunningly beautiful natural landscape featuring the native cactus of Mexico. You enter through a charming gift shop, and can opt for a light lunch with counter service. Take water, wear a hat and comfortable... More 

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