Vallarta Botanical Gardens: Our most recommended tours and activities

Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

1. Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

Spend your day at the Vallarta Botanical Garden (Jardin Botánico de Vallarta) and explore the tropical gardens and native forest preserve at your own pace. Your admission ticket to the ecological park in the Sierra Madre hills includes access to an orchid laboratory, hiking trails and even a river swim. You’ll discover the indigenous plant life of Mexico, including vanilla plants, endemic trees and bromeliads. Entry to the Vallarta Botanical Garden Stroll the Path of Flowers and visit the Orchid Observatory Learn about a variety of Mexican flora as well as exotics from around the world Dip into the tropical river for a swim!

Puerto Vallarta: Sun Buggy Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

2. Puerto Vallarta: Sun Buggy Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun while learning about Puerto Vallarta's most famous points of interest. See how tequila is made, visit the filming location of a famous movie, shop for local souvenirs, and enjoy lunch at a secluded beach. Start with a scenic drive down the coastline to Puerto Vallarta's lush Botanical Gardens. Wander through the many terraces and admire tropical flowers, jungle trees, and colorful birds. Pick up a souvenir or try a local snack at the onsite restaurant. Next, cruise down the southern coast to the historic El Baston Del Rey tequila factory. Learn a thing or two about how the finest tequilas are made and pick up a few bottles to take home. After, discover one of the best kept secrets of Puerto Vallarta, the secluded Mismaloya beach. After lunch at Mismaloya, take a short hike out to a lookout point to snap a picture with the 15-foot iguana statue, erected as a tribute to the 1961 movie Night of the Iguana that was filmed in this village. Afterwards, cool off with some body boarding or snorkeling at Los Arcos or just kick back with a cocktail at the beach.

Puerto Vallarta: Botanical Gardens, Distillery & Coffee Tour

3. Puerto Vallarta: Botanical Gardens, Distillery & Coffee Tour

Explore the trails throughout the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens accompanied by an expert guide. Covering 8 hectares, the collections exhibit plants from a dry tropical forest biome as well as exotic plant species from around the world. These Gardens were created with the aim of exhibiting and conserving rare plants from Mexico and the world in general, as well as the native plant biodiversity of the region in particular.   The conservation and propagation of orchids is the most important of the Garden’s missions. These orchids can be found in the trees all over the grounds and in the “Holstein House of Orchids and Vanilla”. Other notable collections include oaks, bromeliads, agaves, and wild palms. Wander along the numerous walking trails that will take you through both preserved wilderness forests and the display gardens.   Following the visit to the Botanical Gardens, you and your group will visit a Tequila Distillery, where you’ll learn all about the process of making tequila and enjoy a free tasting. Finish your tour with a visit to an organic coffee factory typical of the region.

From Puerto Vallarta: El Tuito Tour with Lunch

4. From Puerto Vallarta: El Tuito Tour with Lunch

This tour combines the best of el Tuito in one outing: visit the Botanical Gardens, a local bakery, a tequila distillery, and a coffee factory, and take a stroll around the beautiful downtown area of el Tuito—a name that means “place of beauty”.   After driving through the scenic mountains, your first stop will be the Botanical Gardens where you’ll wander along numerous walking trails that will take you through both preserved wilderness forests and display gardens. The Gardens’ particular mission is the conservation and propagation of orchids, which can be found all over the grounds. You’ll also see oaks, bromeliads, agaves, wild palms, and more. Your guide will be sure to make this an educational and entertaining visit.   Second, you’ll visit an artisan bakery, located on the road to the village. Taste delicious breads made in the traditional fashion, in firewood-heated clay ovens. From there, you’ll head to the village center where you can enjoy the sights of the picturesque village el Tuito and its colonial streets, dating from the 16th century. See the main Parish of St. Peter the Apostle and a typical house known for producing the region’s best cheese.   To finish off the tour, visit a tequila distillery, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste the different types of tequila and learn how it is produced. Enjoy a free tasting of tequila before heading to an organic coffee factory where you’ll see how coffee is typically produced in this region.

From Puerto Vallarta: Hike, Botanical Garden, and Mini-Zoo

5. From Puerto Vallarta: Hike, Botanical Garden, and Mini-Zoo

Travel from Puerto Vallarta to Los Veranos to experience the beauty of the Horcones River on a nature walk. Appreciate the plant life at a botanical garden. See a variety of animals at the animal sanctuary. Taste some local Tequila. Drive from Puerto Vallarta to start your hike from Los Veranos. Stroll along the river bank and observe the great biodiversity of flora that this region houses. Stop at a botanical garden. Marvel at the collection of orchids. Purchase a hearty meal and a refreshing tropical drink at a riverside restaurant. Enjoy a variety of flavors at a tequila tasting. Jump, swim, and cool off in the natural river pools using the stone slides, kayaks, and tires. Meet some exotic animals at the animal sanctuary, like marmoset monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, macaws, iguanas, and snakes.

Vallarta Botanical Gardens: Entry Ticket, Tour, and Lunch

6. Vallarta Botanical Gardens: Entry Ticket, Tour, and Lunch

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Botanical Garden of Puerto Vallarta, a world-famous garden destination and pristine nature reserve, entry tickets included. Enjoy a guided tour before savoring a fresh authentic Mexican meal. Begin your journey along the impressive southern coast of Puerto Vallarta, driving along the Horcones Canyon to the Vallarta Botanical Garden. From there, the adventure continues as you venture through the garden paths, greenhouses, and exhibits to explore the art of botany. Along with the richness of colorful plants, enjoy the birds and other wildlife that complement the area. Later, dine at a renowned restaurant with generous portions of authentic Mexican cuisine, highlighting some of the plants that were addressed during the tour. Finally, enjoy some free time to walk around the garden to your liking, swim in the crystal clear waters of the mountain river that flows through the forest reserve, take photos, or relax inside the farm on the observation deck.

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What people are saying about Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

We found the botanical garden beautiful, very well kept. We really congratulate the people who take care of it. From our arrival, we were treated excellently. The Restaurant, with very good food, original and very well prepared and presented. The attention of all the excellent staff. We thank you for your attention and we highly recommend that you visit it.

it was a great way to spend the day. Love the cars and the guides are amazing. Friendly, fun and they take care of you. The tequila amazing bought lots, the boat ride really made the trip even better. The lunch wasn't my favorite but everything else was so awesome it didn't matter. The botanical garden was also amazing.

Yesterday’s trip to the Botanical Gardens was fantastic! We highly recommend it to others. Our Guide Ed was SO friendly, knowledgeable & you can tell he loves his vocation & sharing his culture & that of this beautiful place. Natural born teacher. He really showed us a good & memorable great time! Mucho Gracias!

It was fantastic! Cristiano and Fedal were so accommodating..the best two guys ever! It was the highlight of our trip! Thank you Sunbuggy tours for a memorable and wonderful day! Thank you so much for accommodating my husband and I for our trip!!

Hugo was an excellent tour guide. Very nice! Wonderful personality! The gardens were beautiful! The lunch was Gr8!