Bird-watching Tours at El Charco
First and third Wednesday of the month,
9 am – 11:30 am. English
Cost: 150 pesos general public | 100 pesos or El Charco members
Join us on Wednesdays for a 2.5-hour birdwalk and exploration of San Miguel’s botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio. See local and migratory songbirds, waterfowl, waders and raptors. Visit the conservatory and walk along the reservoir.
After the walk, enjoy a delicious drink and snack or lunch at the café, and browse the
Any cab can take you to El Charco: fare from Centro 70-80 pesos. El Charco can call a
cab to take you back, or you can walk down via the back gate (ask a guide for
Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a hat. The guides have a few
pairs of binoculars to lend, and carry telescopes so everyone can see distant birds
Meets inside the main entrance.
El Charco members 100 pesos, nonmembers 150 pesos.
Information: Signe Hammer, 415-111-7638 / +1-917-478-5379.
Much of San Miguel’s splendor can be discovered in its abundance of man made beauty, but at El Charco del Ingenio, nature is the aesthetic draw. At this more than 170-acre botanical garden set in an ecological preserve, you’ll have the chance to spot wildlife, walk along greenery-lined trails and learn about various species of local cacti. Meanwhile, the San Miguel community often gathers in the garden to watch performances, partake in ceremonies and attend environmental education programs. Recent travelers recommend enjoying a hike through the park, picnicking alongside the waterfalls or spending an evening at a concert in the outdoor amphitheater. Located just a mile northeast of central San Miguel, El Charco del Ingenio can be reached on foot (it’s about a 30-minute walk from the municipal market) or by taxi. The reserve is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Led by English-speaking guides, two-hour tours of the conservation area operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.; tours cost 80 MXN (about $6 USD). If you’d like to forego a tour, entry is 40 MXN (about $3 USD); children younger than 10 can enter for free. For more information, visit the garden’s website.
The Jardín Botánico El Charco del Ingenio, located just outside of town, offers a 220-acre sanctuary for birds and wildlife. Considered a key recreational zone for San Miguel de Allende’s residents, the Jardin’s visitors follow trails that take them past towering cacti, over a canyon and through a wetlands. The Conservatory of Mexican Plants here houses numerous exotic and endangered species. You can also opt to take a tour of the facility, offered every Tuesday.
We also offer free transportation to the botanical garden, every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. We pick up at El Jardin at 9:30 am and returning at 1 PM. We suggest you arrive 15 minutes early, wear comfortable shoes, hat and bring your own boat or thermos for water.