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Botanical Garden Charco del Ingenio

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende has a nature reserve whose the main attraction is El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden that specializes in the central Mexican plateau region. You'll be able to take in rare or endangered species of maguey, succulents, and cacti. Moreover, this is one of five mexican sites designated as Zones of Peace by the Dalai Lama in 2004.

There is an extensive network of interpretive nature trails that cut through the reserve, where you can enjoy the natural surroundings. Furthermore, there are overlooks where you can admire the ravines and watch birds nesting on the dam's islets. You can also brave the labyrinth of aromas and discover ceramic artifacts from the pre-Hispanic era.

El Charco del Ingenio, in San Miguel de Allende, spans an area of 173 acre. It includes the remains of an aqueduct that used to supply water to the old textile mill, La Aurora, as well as a fulling mill, a stone building from the viceregal period that was used as a water mill, to grind, or to wash wool. The base of the wheel shaft is still visible.

Remember to head to the northern end of the reserve, where you can still see the former hacienda's (Las Colinas) main house. A temazcal was built there for visitors to experience a monthly steam bath on the weekend closest to the full moon. Moreover, a concert is held in the middle of the botanical garden on every spring equinox.

Before you leave, remember to support the reserve's conservation project by simply consuming food from the cafeteria or by picking up an organic souvenir or handicraft from the gift shop.

San Miguel de Allende has a nature reserve whose the main attraction is El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden that specializes in the central Mexican plateau region. You'll be able to take in rare or endangered species of maguey, succulents, and cacti. Moreover, this is one of five mexican sites designated as Zones of Peace by the Dalai Lama in 2004.

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There is an extensive network of interpretive nature trails that cut through the reserve, where you can enjoy the natural surroundings. Furthermore, there are overlooks where you can admire the ravines and watch birds nesting on the dam's islets. You can also brave the labyrinth of aromas and discover ceramic artifacts from the pre-Hispanic era.

El Charco del Ingenio, in San Miguel de Allende, spans an area of 173 acre. It includes the remains of an aqueduct that used to supply water to the old textile mill, La Aurora, as well as a fulling mill, a stone building from the viceregal period that was used as a water mill, to grind, or to wash wool. The base of the wheel shaft is still visible.

Remember to head to the northern end of the reserve, where you can still see the former hacienda's (Las Colinas) main house. A temazcal was built there for visitors to experience a monthly steam bath on the weekend closest to the full moon. Moreover, a concert is held in the middle of the botanical garden on every spring equinox.

Before you leave, remember to support the reserve's conservation project by simply consuming food from the cafeteria or by picking up an organic souvenir or handicraft from the gift shop.

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