Enjoying the Sun and Nature
By Sandra Ríos
To enjoy the sun in January, we suggest a few outdoor diversions.
Juárez Park is undoubtedly one of the most comforting locations, where locals and tourists go to exercise or spend time with others who enjoy the refreshing microclimate. Many sit on the benches to hear the song of birds and observe the lush vegetation. Walking from Juárez Park towards the Chorro, you will find the famous lavaderos, where women used to go to wash their clothes. If you continue walking up, you will come to the Casa de la Cultura, a building on several levels, where you can appreciate the view of San Miguel and its flora and fauna. If you get to the top, you can see huge herons that inhabit the trees and bask in the sun.
One of the most emblematic places in San Miguel that you cannot miss is the Charco del Ingenio, an ecological reserve that boasts the largest collection of cacti and succulents in Mexico. Here there is a conservatory of Mexican plants for display and preservation of the rarest species of cactus. You can also visit its wetlands and islands, where you can observe waterfowl populations or walk the trails of the valley and appreciate its rich vegetation of ferns, birds, and—if you are lucky—some mammals and reptiles. If you go with family, the Garden of the Senses will please children and young people, who can interact with the environment in a fun way. There is also a series of thematic exhibits, such as the mirador on the reservation, equipped with binoculars; the Labyrinth of Aromas, covered with fragrant herbs; a pollinator garden with flowers that attract insects and birds; a solar observatory, where hours, days, and dates are recorded astronomically.
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On your return, enjoy of the last rays of sun by walking in the Jardin, facing the iconic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. Here you will find many Mexican antojitos or a delicious ice cream to enjoy while sitting on a bench and watching the activity.