My friend Julie and I headed over to El Charco del Ingenio the other day to get a much needed dose of Mother Nature and all her beauty.
The fee was 50 pesos per person (approximately $2.50 USD) and masks were required for entrance and if and when in close proximity to others.
A majestic wonderland of butterflies, waterfalls, cactus apples, green trails and the enchantment that the desert highlands of Central Mexico is, a visit to El Charco is not to be missed.
Safety at El Charco del Ingenio
For families with little ones or adventurous teens, it is highly recommended that no off-trail explorations are had unless under the watchful eye of an adult. In fact, the Charco rules state that minors are required to be accompanied by an adult at all times and with good reason. There are designated paths but also many areas that are not roped off and could potentially be quite dangerous.
We have had such a wonderful rainy Summer season here in San Miguel de Allende, still continuing now into mid September that the water levels in the wetlands of Parque Landeta down to the Obraje Dam and La Presa are quite full…a much welcomed change after the dry months we had this past March through mid May.
The panoramic views of San Miguel, the valley of the Rio Laja and the distant horizon of the Sierra de Guanajuato are just spectacular.
The variety of trees, shrubs and cacti from this semi-arid region are sure to delight, including this little treasure, titled “Mother-n-Law’s Chair”.
Birds at The Botanical Gardens
Starting in the rainy Summer season until the end of winter, aquatic, resident and migratory birds take refuge and nest on the vegetation-covered islands.
Two hours was not enough to explore this national treasure, and I will indeed be back!
Have you been?
If so, would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below.
Katie O’Grady ☘️ 🇲🇽
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