Guided Tours of El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden - April 11, 2023

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Event Category: All Events, Learning/Education, and ToursEvent Tags: Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, and Recreation

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday
    10 to 12 Noon

    Tour of the Natural History for El Jardin Botanico (English)

    Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am to noon; General public: 150 pesos; 100 pesos members

    Guided tours to the points of greatest interest in the conservation area, by a trained guide. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at 10 am.  Private tours available by appointment.

    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 Thursdays at 10 a.m.; tours cost 150 MXN. 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.


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  • 2 Reviews on “Guided Tours of El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden - April 11, 2023

    1. Jeff Guided Tours of El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden
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      This tour of the stunning nature preserve is what made me move to San Miguel Allende! There are so many different life forms interwoven: with beautiful plants and historical features of ethno-biodiversity that share the stories of indigenous cultures in this land. The migrating birds love it here. Every season is different with flowers, feathers and new friends that I meet here.

      The natural food cafe is great too… Where else can you get enchiladas and fresh cactus fruit ice cream 🙂

      I really enjoy all the surprises that pop up on the tour and the dramatic views for fancy photos of my family. We’ll be back again soon!

    2. Richard Aspell Guided Tours of El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden
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      My sister, a permanent resident, and I ,a snowbird, were the first to go on the guided tour since they were suspended due to the Pandemic. We had a wonderful time with a very knowledgeable and engaging tour guide. Michael is well versed in geology, botany, ornithology, and a fair amount of lepidoptery as well. It was a wonderful tour and I highly recommend it. It’s nice to know more about your neighborhood and who lives there be it animal, mineral, or plant.

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