Still dealing with the aftermath of the flooding here, so in the meantime, a short trip to Mexico seems like a good idea.
El Charco del Ingenio Botanical, Ecological Preservation Zone. San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
New York Times Review
Bird-watchers, outdoorsmen and city slickers will all appreciate the brambly valleys this 167-acre ecological reserve spanning cactus-lined canyons and spring-fed pools. Guests can access easy hiking trails festooned with giant agaves and nopal cactus where egrets and swallows roost and peck at spiny fruits. The greenhouse, which resembles a small airplane hangar, shelters hundreds of rare and endangered plants. It’s the kind of place locals come to take in the natural surrounding beauty, perhaps when things feel a little too Disney.