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Great place to visit near to San Miguel de Allende. It is a great walk with a great view of a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
The Hague, The Netherlands
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What a cool spot 20min outside of SMA...

We had a PROFESSIONAL Tour Guide (Antonio Gomez) who walked us through the SMA Botanical Gardens... read more

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El Charco del Ingenio is a botanical garden and nature preserve just a few minutes from the historical city of San Miguel de Allende. The name comes from a spring-fed pool nestled in an impressive canyon. With great biodiversity, many different...more
Calle Paloma S/N, Col. Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit near to San Miguel de Allende. It is a great walk with a great view of a canyon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a PROFESSIONAL Tour Guide (Antonio Gomez) who walked us through the SMA Botanical Gardens and explained the various cactus types... this spot was really enjoyed by my kids... but I strongly recommend having a tour guide to get the most out of this...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you love outdoors, this is the place Ecological reserve in San Miguel Allende. Botanical gardens very clean well managed. We where very lucky everything was beautiful and green there was a lot of rain lately. Be ready to walk . Don’t forget your camera...More

Thank abcotur
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every cacti and succulent imaginable is found in this amazing garden. During the rainy season the water way leading to the 'presa' (artificial lake) has lovely water falls. Eary in the morning, when there are hardly any people, you may see a fox or a...More

Thank magofailoni
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The San Miguel de Allende Botanical Garden Tour was the highlight of our trip to visit our son and family in this beautiful Mexican city. Being a Master Gardener and avid traveler I have experienced many garden tours all over the world. Our tour guide,...More

Thank lenajenkins1947
Reviewed 13 June 2018

Fantastic place to explore, but made much better with one of the facility's knowledgeable guides. We've been living in San Miguel de Allende for about 5 months when my parents came to visit. My mother is a passionate gardener, so I thought this might be...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Extra few pesos for a guided tour is so worth it! We learned so much about the plants as well as the history of the area. I saw it during dry season as well as after 2 good rainfalls a few days later. What a...More

Thank SailorkKm
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

This is a hidden gem! We took an Uber to the gardens –walking from the Centro would have been a lot of work. Once there, there are several trails and distinct areas based on the ecosystem. Most of the species are well labeled and the...More

Thank beeedell
Reviewed 4 May 2018

This botanic garden was established by the American botanist Charles Glass in the 1990. It's on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende (itself worth a visit), well signposted. It is situated in a small canyon with a lake at the bottom.One can follow various...More

Thank Frank103
Reviewed 28 April 2018

We walked up to the Botanical Gardens and really enjoyed getting a chance to hike around the trails in the gardens. Beautiful view of SMA from the site. Very affordable entrance fee and a nice gift shop on site.

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1 February 2018|
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Response from Marie L | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I hope you had a great trip. it is absolutely possible to walk there. My husband and I walked to the Tuesday market, and then walked to El Charco, before walking back into town. We walked past El Mirador to get the... More
Robert T
18 September 2017|
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Response from Marisa A | Property representative |
Hola Robert, No se permite la entrada con mascotas. saludos,
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