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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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Hidden Gem. Back off the street. Wow. We tried Taco Lab fish tacos. Crisp, spicy sauces. Milpa...the best. Beet salad, huarache and asparagus salad. All three complex flavors... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Hidden Gem. Back off the street. Wow. We tried Taco Lab fish tacos. Crisp, spicy sauces. Milpa...the best. Beet salad, huarache and asparagus salad. All three complex flavors, beautifully presented. On to Mochi for desert

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a natural, botanical park with some moderately challenging trails. The park features an old dam which used to supply electricity to the former cotton mill (now an artists' colony, Fabrica Aurora). Some plants have been introduced in an attempt to preserve them. Not much shelter from the sun.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great walk that proved to be quite and peaceful away from the noise of San Miguel. The plants and birds are a joy to see and the trails are beautiful. So much more. We will be back.

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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So many beautiful varieties of cacti and local plants. We saw a bird watching tour while we strolled around the paths here, but chose to do our own scouting. A lovely lake has islands for migrating birds. We walked back down the hill to town so it was a great morning outing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a bit of a respite from the city. It is a desert setting, so don't look for lush foliage, but there are some cacti, some interesting structures, including a dam you can walk across, rock formations, and a beautiful view of the city if you follow the trail past the dam all the way to the end. Some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great views and nice walk, not expensive, has coffee shop and you can buy plants. Has canyon and water birds

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the hike through the canyon so much that we took a visiting friend a couple of weeks later. Great view of San Miguel and very interesting cacti.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a long walk through the botanical garden one cool afternoon. It's a ways from Centro, though walkable if you have a half hour or so. We took a cab one way and walked back, which was quite comfortable. Lots of huge cactuses of various types here, and a small reservoir with plenty of ducks. It was quite and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a 2 hour guided walking tour and found it very interesting and informative. We leaned a lot about the local environment and how the Mexicans are trying to deal with Enironmental issues. It is also a good place to wonder around on your own. There is also a nice little cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cactus in bloom! Can you imagine? What amazing plants. Some are so crusty and gnarly, it's shocking to see a tiny fragile vibrantly colored bloom emerging. How is it possible? Just starting to bloom the middle of February. If nothing else, it's a lovely walk but do it in the morning. Not much shade (of course). Take a taxi to... More 

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