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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  • This was one of the best parts of our visit to SMA. I love that it is a preserve for biodiversity and heritage plants of Mexico. It was a contrast to the busy pace of the streets of SMA - we...  more »
  • Great hiking and beautiful landscape. Beautifully maintained grounds and really old structures add to the experience. Be sure to explore the trail that follows the canyon downstream. Spectacular!  more »
  • An interesting place to see if you want get put of crowds in the central city. It has scenic views of the lake beside it. A peaceful, relaxing place. You can see it in about an hour or longer in this desert setting or sit by the dam. You can get soft drinks and snacks at the main building, and buy souvenirs. It only cost 50p per person and about 70p for taxi from central.
  • Beautiful desert botanical garden with walking trails. Wear a hat and sunscreen if you go in the middle of the day! There's a simple, yummy cafe there, as well.

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