With over 20 acres of lush tropical gardens, blooming with an incredible array of native Mexican flora, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens are among the best in the country and visiting the gardens makes a scenic day trip from nearby Puerto Vallarta. An expanse of dry tropical forest, stretching along the Rio Horcones, the gardens’ unique ecosystem showcases an impressive diversity, with over 3,000 different plant species represented.
Follow the network of walking trails through the fragrant rose gardens and the shady palm gardens, then marvel at the colorful Orchid House, or stroll through the hillside agave plantation, home to an impressive 6,000 plants. Additional highlights include bird watching, swimming in the river and tucking into traditional Mexican cuisine at the Gardens' Hacienda de Oro Restaurant.
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are located around 30km south of Puerto Vallarta and are open daily (except Mondays) from 10am – 6pm. Adult admission at the time of writing is Mex$80.