El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende

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Adventure across El Charco del Ingenio, a nature reserve and botanical garden that protects and displays a vast array of Mexican plant life. Cacti of many shapes and sizes form a large part of the collection--many considered rare, threatened, or nearing extinction. Take a guided tour to learn about the different varieties and the efforts to save those most at risk. Look for bird sanctuaries dotted throughout the park, and the interactive garden particularly popular with kids. Plan your visit to El Charco del Ingenio and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Miguel de Allende holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Es una reserva muy amplia de diferentes tipos de cactus, que fué también nombrado como Zona de Paz, si tienes algo de tiempo extra, puede ser un espacio interesante a caminar 
  • Have been here many times. Never disappointed. Terrific hiking trails. Interpretive walks, if desired. Superb arboretum with extensive collection of cacti and succulents. Cafe has tasty treats. Bookst...  more »
  • El charco del Ingenio, un jardín botánico con presa y temazcal, ofrece una serie de diferentes actividades. Suscribete a su boletin si quieres asistir a lunadas, conciertos, temazcales y caminatas en ...  more »
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  • Really nice place to visit if in San miguel de allende. My father can name half of the plants and cactus because he is from the state. But he and I enjoyed it.
  • A great collection of cacti and bunch of other plants typical of the area. The trails are great...dont forget to bring a hat/umbrella!
  • A must see and visit in SMA. Beautiful plants and cacti. Great hiking down the canyon. Some nice views down the valley. They have a decent coffeeshop inside the entrance as well.
  • The gardens have existed for just under 25 years and are a nice escape from SM. If English is your only language worth heading on Tuesday or Thursday as A) there is a free shuttle bus at 9:30am and an English guide at 10am for about 2 hours. It's 40 pesos to get in to the park and 40 for the tour. The tour gives a much better insight into the botany and history of the area.
  • beatiful walk so close to the city. a must for any nature lover or gardener.