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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  • The place is well maintained. The cafeteria does not sell water (soft drinks only) and reception and shop staff is not helpful.
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  • I took the guided tour. 2 1/2 hours of walking the grounds, with the most entertaining guide, Pam. She was extremely knowledgeable and had a wonderful personality to top it all. The views are exceptio...  more »
  • We saw lots of blooms and a most amazing sunset from the gardens. Well worth a visit. Easy to reach by taxi.  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.