If you’re looking for a more nature based activity to enjoy when you’re vacationing in Puerto Vallarta then this could be your lucky day! We have all the basic information you’ll need to know about the Vallarta Botanical Gardens which are just a short taxi or bus ride Puerto Vallarta on the south shore.
How to get to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens?
In order to get to the gardens, you’ll need to follow the road south along the coast past Garza Blanca Preserve. This road will take you up into the mountains, and you’ll notice that it gets a lot cooler as you go. The parks sign is pretty small, but once you get there you’ll be greeted by a friendly member of staff who’ll take a small entrance fee from you.
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are worth the small charge as all the money made by the park is used not only to keep it in good repair, but to fund charitable and conservation projects. They educated many people as to what the natural landscapes of Puerto Vallarta need in order to be healthy as well as supporting Macaws and other parrot species in particular.
When you get into the parking lot you can choose to either go straight to the mini tour trails that are signposted in and around the park. These well-worn trails are designed to help you get around the vast gardens, see all the best bits, and, more importantly, do all this without getting lost. The jungle trails are very popular, in particular, as are those which go down by the river. On these trails you can see many different plants including, but not only, vanilla, tobacco and cacti!
If you’d rather pop into the main building first, however, you can. You can reach all the trails from the main building, anyway. If you do this you can sit down and have a bite to eat in the restaurant, visit the Orchid gallery that the garden staff are so proud of, browse the gardens gift shop and even just spend some time at the day beds. If you come at the right time you might even catch the bird festival or garden show!
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are open Tuesday to Sunday from April to November between 9am and 6pm. If you’re a nature lover the Vallarta Botanical Gardens should be at the top of your vacation itinerary when visiting Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay in Mexico.