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El Charco del Ingenio

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Not just a 'cactus farm"

When we asked about El Charco, we were told by someone in our complex that it was just a cactus... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
spuds123
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St. Catharines Ontario
Great for landscape painting

An artists delight full of amazing subject. You can spend the whole day there as they have... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
markvK461LN
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Calgary, Canada
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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...more
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Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago

When we asked about El Charco, we were told by someone in our complex that it was just a cactus farm. But,one day we were looking for something to do, so we climbed the hill to El Charco. So glad we did! Not only is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An artists delight full of amazing subject. You can spend the whole day there as they have washrooms and a small cafe type restaurant.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank markvK461LN
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was interesting, but mostly cactus and succulent plants. At least we got a good hike in. I'm sure it's prettier in the spring.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank skboals
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely cacti garden/preserve in the outskirts of San Miguel (inexpensive taxi or Uber ride). The main purpose of the garden is to protect and preserve species that are close to extinction because of development. The staff have carefully created beautiful displays (mini...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Guaracy18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a unique botanical garden. The trails are easy walks and the flora and fauna are very unique. They only take cash.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a taxi in the early afternoon and enjoyed a relaxing walk among the indigenous plants and migratory birds. Ended the day with jugo verde. Well maintained with lovely staff

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robin L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We read the website and decided to meet the shuttle bus and head to El Charco. Well, the shuttle never arrived so we d cider to walk the mile and a quarter to the park. Yes, it’s mostly uphill and it’s quite the trek. But,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank IndySig
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been to the garden several times over the last decade. It seems that they keep adding more, and the plants near the facilities are all growing in nicely. Lots of informative signage. We went with 3 teen boys who needed to burn off energy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kukkajules
Reviewed 15 December 2018

this botanical garden is unlike any botanical garden you will ever visit...It is a cactus paradise....and very extensive....It would be easy to spend an entire day there and Still not fit in all the possibilities of trails that it has to offer. It has a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Arima1951
Marisa A, Director de Recepción at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago
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¡Gracias por compartir tu experiencia! Abrimos a las 9:00am/ El último acceso es a las 5:00pm y cerramos a las...More

Reviewed 3 December 2018

This is close to a must do in San Miguel I would say. I am not a botanist nor a particular fan of botanical gardens from a technical point of view, but I do love to wander round peaceful places such as this. The location...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jerryskc
Marisa A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Charco del Ingenio, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago
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Gracias por tu tan completo comentario! Regresa pronto cuando visites San Miguel!

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Tanya P
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Hola Tanya, we accept only cash.
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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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18 September 2017|
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Hola Robert, No se permite la entrada con mascotas. saludos,
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