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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to El Charco del Ingenio by using our San Miguel de Allende trip builder app .
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  • In the high central elevation of San Miguel, this natural botanical garden has native cactus and succulents to admire. The lake is full of birds and there are walking paths surrounding it. The biggest...  more »
  • IF you visit San Miguel Allende the Charco is a must ! It shows us the beauty before & still of this area. To visit the history of Mexico visit SMA  more »
  • Just a superb semi-natural spot outside San Miguel de Allende. I say "semi-natural" because the body of water is a reservoir, not a natural lake, and the grounds are highly manicured and maintained. H...  more »
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  • This place is so beautiful during the rainy season (June - September). There is so much serenity walking through the pathways near the gorge. The only thing that is missing is the adequate signage to alert the visitor of hazards throughout the walkways and a proper food stall which ironically did not sell the basic bottled water but instead caned fruit juice. But is definitely worth a visit while in SMA.
  • Super nice cactus garden. Very large With lots of walking paths. Nice little snack stand and gift shop.
  • Wonderful, peaceful place that I think is a must see when visiting SMA. It sits high on the East side of town, with all different kinds of flora and fauna native to the region. You can spend hours enjoying nature, hiking around in the canyon or just sitting by the water, all for just $40mxn. They provide various events including a temascal and full moon ceremonies monthly that are worth the while (check calendar on website). Allow from 1-3 hours here, and a little time in the gift shop on the way out. Bring your own bottled water - they only sell mineral.
  • Very nice environment, it's beautiful to see. Please remember that the sun is scolding hot, so bring a hat and sunscreen. I would love to see this place in the rainy season, to see the waterfall
  • Good for a stroll and a snack.. cheap entry. Lots of shady nooks for quiet contemplation and appreciation.

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