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El Charco del Ingenio, A.C.
Tel/fax (415) 154 4715 154 8838
Jesús 32, Centro Histórico
San Miguel de Allende, Gto. 37700

charco del ingenio Mexican nonprofit organization, independent of any government or other institution, created in 1998 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

charco del ingenio Responsible for the ecological conservation project and the territory that comprises the nucleus of the Ecological Preservation Zone of El Charco del Ingenio and adjacent areas.

charco del ingenio Owner of 67 hectares that comprise the botanical garden and its reserve areas, and member of the Technical Advisory Board of the adjacent Landeta Park, administered by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

charco del ingenio Owner of a forest reserve of 90 hectares, located in the mountains of the nearby range Los Picachos, mainly covered by oak forests.

charco del ingenio Responsible for the care of the botanical collection of Mexican species.

charco del ingenio Sustained by income generated by the nonprofit organization as well as by donations and institutional grants.

charco del ingenio Formed by a General Assembly of 12 associates, a Board of Directors and a team of permanent workers, in charge of the care and management of the Charco del Ingenio.



1.- Restore and ensure the maintenance of a natural area of ecological, scenic and historical importance, removing it from the encroaching urban sprawl of San Miguel de Allende, for its conservation as well as public use and enjoyment.

2.- Establish and develop a botanical garden dedicated to the study, appreciation, protection and propagation of native flora, particularly those from the desert and semi-desert regions of Mexico.

3.- Recuperate and promote the traditional knowledge and practices of local communities with regard to plants, animals and other natural resources.

4.- Establish and develop a Environmental Education Center, directed toward children and youth of both rural and urban zones of the municipality, in order to create a culture of respect for and conservation of the natural environment.

5.- Make the botanical garden a community gathering place, open to and inclusive of all sectors of society in San Miguel de Allende, as well as foreign visitors.

6.- Achieve economic self-sufficiency, primarily through the botanical garden's own income, supplemented by donations and funding for specific projects.

misty path
photo Rosario Otero

Board of Directors

César Arias (President)
Mario Mendoza
Naomí Zerriffi
Robert Haas
Cecilia Loera
Leopoldo Estrada


Mario Hernández


Carmen Silva

Curator of Plants:

Martha García
Lorena Gutiérrez
Abraham García

Security and maintenance:

Hermes Arroyo
Rogelio López
Serafín González
Félix Díaz
José Hernández
Antonio Herrera
Pedro Córdoba
Pablo Godínez

Visitors Center, giftshop and cafeteria

Juan Manuel Montes de Oca
Guadalupe Delgado

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