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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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The world's great cactus.

Every cacti and succulent imaginable is found in this amazing garden. During the rainy season the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
magofailoni
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Wonderful gardens came alive by the excellent guide, Andrew.

The San Miguel de Allende Botanical Garden Tour was the highlight of our trip to visit our son and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
lenajenkins1947
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Atlanta, Georgia
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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Every cacti and succulent imaginable is found in this amazing garden. During the rainy season the water way leading to the 'presa' (artificial lake) has lovely water falls. Eary in the morning, when there are hardly any people, you may see a fox or a...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The San Miguel de Allende Botanical Garden Tour was the highlight of our trip to visit our son and family in this beautiful Mexican city. Being a Master Gardener and avid traveler I have experienced many garden tours all over the world. Our tour guide,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic place to explore, but made much better with one of the facility's knowledgeable guides. We've been living in San Miguel de Allende for about 5 months when my parents came to visit. My mother is a passionate gardener, so I thought this might be...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Extra few pesos for a guided tour is so worth it! We learned so much about the plants as well as the history of the area. I saw it during dry season as well as after 2 good rainfalls a few days later. What a...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

This is a hidden gem! We took an Uber to the gardens –walking from the Centro would have been a lot of work. Once there, there are several trails and distinct areas based on the ecosystem. Most of the species are well labeled and the...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

This botanic garden was established by the American botanist Charles Glass in the 1990. It's on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende (itself worth a visit), well signposted. It is situated in a small canyon with a lake at the bottom.One can follow various...More

Thank Frank103
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

We walked up to the Botanical Gardens and really enjoyed getting a chance to hike around the trails in the gardens. Beautiful view of SMA from the site. Very affordable entrance fee and a nice gift shop on site.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

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 5 April 2018

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 4 April 2018 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

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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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