El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
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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  • We enjoyed The Botanical Garden and all it stands for. It's not as big as I expected but there is a view that is spectacular. It's worth the drive just to support the foundation to preserve the plants...  read more »
  • This was fascinating. A wonderful preserve of cacti in a natural setting with a nice hike including a beautiful view of a 19th century dam and waterfall. Cute small giftshop as well. 
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 AM they offer a guided tour for 80 pesos. Norman is an excellent guide. We spent three hours there. Well worth it. An exceptional botanical garden. 
  • 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.
  • Remarkable
  • El Charco is nature left alone. It is the place to walk for reconnecting to nature.
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