When visiting Puerto Vallarta, there isn’t a shortage of things to do and see. After you have enjoyed our resorts’ activities, walked the malecon, and spent a day exploring the stunning beaches, you may want get a taste of a different kind of scenery and see the more lush side of Puerto Vallarta. This can be done by planning a visit to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
In the gardens, there are so many beautiful sights to see. Loved both by locals and tourists, Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens are of great interest to scientists from all places of the world. Plus – the garden is also a bird reserve. Therefore, you may expect to see lots of colorful birdies flying around the area. Since the Vallarta Botanical Gardens is registered with the Botanical Gardens Conservation International in Surrey, England, you are guaranteed to have a marvelous experience and see only the best of the best that this garden has to offer.
The park takes up about 64 acres. Located just a 35-minute drive away from south of Puerto Vallarta, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens can be easily accessed from our resorts. The park is nestled by a river, so remember to bring a bathing suit with you so you can take a refreshing swim after your walk through the gardens.
Recommended Activities in the Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Admire the Beauty of the Gardens
The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens have attracted visitors from oceans away thanks to its incredible colorful collection of native orchids. As you walk through the park, you will be amazed by the beauty of the flowers. Pay attention to the flowering landscaped pathways, and don’t forget to stop by the conservatory. Of course, orchids aren’t the only thing worth seeing in the gardens. Throughout the park, you will notice displays of Mexican vanilla. Use the opportunity and learn more about how the famous spice is made. Or – have an up-close look at the signature blue agave, which is used to make tequila.
Hear About the History of Chocolate
Are you a fan of chocolate? It is hard to resist the yummy treat. By visiting the Botanical Gardens, you will also find out more about the production process of chocolate. In the park, you will find quite a few cacao trees. Since chocolate has an important role in pre-Hispanic rituals and has been produced in Mexico for centuries, the experience is a great chance to learn more about the country’s culture.
Take a Guided Tour
Those who wish to explore the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens by themselves can easily do it. But those who prefer to have a deeper look will surely enjoy a guided tour. On the gardens’ website, you will find different tour options you can choose from. For example, you may book an experience that lasts six hours and includes lunch at the onsite restaurant and the demonstration of the vanilla extract’s making. Once every while, the gardens also host fascinating events such as birding fests and flower shows.
Go On a Hike
Discovering the many species of plants and flowers is wondrous by itself. But to have an even better experience, we suggest exploring some of the hiking trails that go through the property. Walk through the Jaguar trail, which leads up to a swimming hole in the river. Those who prefer an easier and shorter hike will enjoy the Sendero Guacamaya and Plantación de Vanilla trails. Beautiful surroundings and songs of birds – what can be better? The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens have their own lockers and bathrooms. Therefore, you may change into your workout gear without any hassle.
Listen to Birds
The Botanical Gardens are home to over 200 native bird species, making the gardens the perfect place to go bird watching. To see as many creatures as possible, plan your visit in the morning or the afternoon when the little chirpers seem to be more active. Throughout the park, you will find feeding stations.
Wander Around the Premises
To discover the Botanical Gardens in all of their glory, you must set aside at least a couple of hours. Make sure to stop by the Holstein Tropical Plant House, visit the Daneri Vireya Rhododendron House (which boasts beautiful tropical plants,) and the Cheryl Wheeler International Peace Garden (which features plants from the Mediterranean and the Holy Land along with Mexican wildflowers).
To learn more about the fun activities to try in the Botanical Gardens, have a look at this map.
Satisfy Your Inner Foodie
Whenever hunger kicks in, stop by the onsite restaurant Hacienda de Oro which serves breakfast dishes, fish tacos, brick-oven pizzas, fajitas, tortillas, burgers, and so much more. The open-air restaurant has a fantastic view over the jungle and garden grounds. So even if you aren’t hungry, stop by to enjoy the awesome view.
Tips for Your Visit:
- Bring water
- Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and insect repellent
- Wear long pants and shirts to protect yourself from the sun (and mosquitos)
- Take a swimming suit and towel if you plan on testing the water in the river
Mexico is known for its incredible nature. There are not many places in the world that offer such beautiful sights paired with incredible flora and fauna. The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens are an excellent place to take in all the natural beauty and learn about a new plant or bird species that you didn’t know about before. Please visit our tour office onsite if you would like to book a day tour to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.