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“one of the highlights” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: $100 pesos (6USD) per person, children 4-10 are only $50 pesos each and those younger are admitted free of charge with their parents/guardian. Tours to the gardens are available but not necessary, its easy to come on your own and cheaper. The Vallarta Botanical Garden was selected by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council in 2013 as one of the "Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For". - Open 7 days/wk for the months of DEC, JAN, FEB, & MAR (except DEC 25 & JAN 1) - Open 6 days/wk for the months of APR through NOV (closed Mondays) Located at km. 24 Of the Palms to Pines Scenic Highway (Carr. 200) Just 30 minutes from Old Town Puerto Vallarta. To arrive on your own using public transportation, take the "El Tuito" bus at the corner of Aguacate and Carranza Streets in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. Tell the bus driver you are going to the Botanical Garden "Jardin Botanico" and he/she will stop right at the Garden's entrance. The same bus offers return service to Puerto Vallarta (PV) with the LAST BUS TO PV AT 6 PM. The bus is currently priced at $25 pesos per person ($50 pesos round trip -- less than $3 USD). WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE: beautifully landscaped grounds, stunning plant collections, jungle trails, mountain river swimming, bird watching, Hacienda de Oro Visitor Center, Vallarta Conservatory of Orchids and Native plants, Rhododendron House, Holstein Tropical Plant House, Tillandsia House, Tree Fern Grotto, Palm Collection, Tropical Fruit Trees, Butterfly Gardens, cool "Sierra Madre" mountain breezes, gift shop, Swimming in a crystal river, Vallarta's most-popular destination restaurant (famous for brick-oven pizza & authentic Mexican cuisine with dining to the backdrop of jungle-clad mountains while overlooking the Horcones River and the gardens)... And much, much more!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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“one of the highlights”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

One of the highlights of our trip to Puerto Vallarta were the Botanical Gardens. I've done Botanic gardens from Vancouver to Cape Town so I've actually seen better than this. They highly recommend (and will sell you) bug repelant which is probably a good idea although we really didn't seem to encounter to many insects. The best part of the tour is the restaurant! We had a great meal and fantastic service. The gardens themselves, at least what we saw, were more a collection of trails through a jungle-like area. It just seems like it needs to mature a little to become world class.

Visited December 2012
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“A break from the hustle and bustle of the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

We took the bus, Tuito, out to the botanical gardens. The cost is only 20 pesos one way for a 25 minute ride. The gardens themselves have several hiking trails that vary from easy to difficult. If going on the more difficult trails you should have a good pair of running shoes or hiking boots. Sandals would be difficult as some of the trails are quite steep. All are relatively short.
There is a good variety of plants to be seen.
The restaurant is very good and we enjoyed our meal.
Be sure to bring bug spray or buy some at the ticket booth. You will get quite a few bites if you don't.

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A relaxing get away”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

Very attractive, lots of butterflies, paths for every ability (going solo I covered them all in a couple of hours), a great meal at the end of the "trek". When you take the bus out (South) from Puerto Vallarta, suggest you sit on the right hand side of the bus so you can better see Los Arcos, homes, and beaches along the way.

Visited December 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Very Nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

This place is a 30 minute drive from downtown, but worth it. You can easily get a taxi to take you and then just take the city bus back. Enjoyed the ride out there too. There is also a restaurant there that was very good. The staff at the gardens were very knowledgeable and friendly. Very enjoyable day.

Visited December 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Pleasant way to spend the morning”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

I took the bus from Aguacate and Carranza to the Botanical Gardens @ 9:30 a.m. and arrived shortly after it opened at 10:00 a.m. I enjoyed seeing all the different trees and plants along the Vanilla trail (yes, there were vanilla trees), but the trail was a bit difficult for me. I am in pretty good shape, but the trail was very rustic and uneven. Thankgoodness there was a rail to hang on to most of the time. The Holstein orchid and vanilla conservatory located by the restaurant had much better speciments and you are able to get much closer to them then on the trails. Plus it wasn't as hot or humid as it was on the trail...... Enjoyed the morning, and did spray myself thoroughly with bug spray, so no problems with bugs. Had lunch at the Hacienda de Oro restaurant and enjoyed the view and the Hall of flowers ballroom.

Visited December 2012
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