Last week, I finally made it out to El Charco de Ingenio Botanical Garden. I say “out,” but one of the really interesting things is that it is inside the San Miguel city limits. It feels very “outside,” however.
There are twice-weekly tours which are very fun & informative. I did that on Tuesday. There are close ties with the local indigenous cultures, and this is very much a shared space.(Pix are here.)
There are birding groups, a conservatory, ruins of Spanish aqueducts, yoga classes… El Charco is a must see.
On full moon nights, there is a ceremony, open to anyone who cares to join in. So I talked ND from Nashville into going with me, and we had a great time, shaking rattles, invoking archangels & the whole works. She’d been there for a sweat lodge before, which sounded quite strenuous to me ( 4 hours!!)
The moon was gorgeous and the night was calm and clear after a kind of overcast day. The stars were fantastic. Made me wonder why I’m not out at night more often? And how long has it been since I went camping? Food for thought.