For 50 pesos per person (about $2.25 U.S.) entrance fee, we received a helpful map showing many choices of walking trails. We started at the top of the canyon where the plants included a variety of cacti, headed across to the conservatory, and then down to the reservoir and wetlands, a habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Signs along the way described the plants, the historical water pipes, and the pools, both in English and Spanish. The rocky canyon with cacti growing on the side of the rocks was my favorite part. We saw a bright green, large iguana on the rocks, too, but he stayed far from the hiking paths.
A few wildflowers were blooming here and there and a few sculptures were displayed. I recommend the El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden for a good, fresh-air hike. We are fit enough to be able to descend to the reservoir and climb back up to the rim, though at over 6200 feet elevation, we got our aerobic exercise for the day. A less strenuous walk is available by staying on the rim, a nice place to have a picnic on benches in the shade and enjoy the views.
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