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“Good hike and a great place to Zen out!” 5 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Golden Valley, Minnesota
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“Good hike and a great place to Zen out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

The place had spectacular colorful gardens as well and a nice hike around the grounds to a river where you could cool off your feet or body...whichever you see fit. Once you get to the main building there are very relaxing lounging chairs to rest and enjoy the view as well as getting served coctails!

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fantastic venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

I liked it so much, I joined!! I became a Member, because I love the place. The flowers are gorgeous, and the restaurant has terrific food. The force behind the Gardens is Bob Price, and he's amazing. Not only is it his Brainchild, it is also his Love. That's why you'll see him not only running the place, but also picking up a hose to water a plant if he sees it needs it!!! He multi-tasks, and sets a great example to all his staff. It's a wonderful place!

Visited March 2014
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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“All Your Heart Could Want”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

This attraction is a "Must See" for visitors to Puerto Vallarta and a place of supreme tranquility, beauty and communion with nature for visitor and resident alike. The restaurant at the Hacienda de Oro is top notch...great food, excellent service, all with a view that is nothing short of stunning. Visit the gift shop for souvenirs or cool stuff for your home, the plant sales store to take home an excuisite orchid or stop by the bar for a refreshing beverage. Don´t miss the new Orchid House under construction. The trails through the jungle are eye popping beautiful and you will encounter something new around every bend. Bring your swim suit for a refreshing swim in the Pozos Esmereldas (emerald pools) in the Rio Los Horcones. I rate this as the top attraction in Puerto Vallarta.

Visited April 2014
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Oriental, North Carolina
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“Great place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Would not make the trip just to see the gardens unless you really know your flowers and plants and are willing to walk the mountain trails. We stopped as part of a day long road trip and only did the main part of the garden. This took about an hour. Really is beautiful a wide variety of flowers and shrubs. Make sure take them up on the repellent.

Visited April 2014
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Prince George, Canada
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“Beautiful Oasis away from it all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

This magical place is every bit as wonderful as the reviews here say. We went April 8th and chose to save money from the expensive tour, opting instead to take the city bus from old town as instructed in another post from Trip Advisor. The bus was old and loud and rickety, and yes they drive rather fast on windy roads but it was an experience in itself!

Once at the garden, we instantly relaxed from the hustle and bustle of PV with all its salespeople, smells etc. Birds were singing, you can hear the water moving from the crystal clear stream below... just a amazing. We decided to start with lunch which was FABULOUS! I had the shrimp tacos which were some of the best I have ever had, and hibiscus iced tea, yum! A couple beside us raved about the Mexican pizza they shared and said it was the best pizza they have ever tasted. Great service as well in a beautiful relaxing atmosphere with a view of the rolling hills.

After lunch we walked around the trails and enjoyed the birds, the shade canopy of the forest and even saw a few lizards, gecko's etc. At the bottom we came across a beautiful stream and waterfall with cool clear water and decided to take a dip and sunbath on the rocks. So peaceful! It was hard to ever want to leave. For $125 pesos (bus ride there and back, and entrance fee with map) and then another $450 for lunch I would say it was some of the best money we spent on our trip. If you enjoy peace and nature, this 4-5 hour experience is a must.

Tips: Bring bug-spray - It wasn't bad when we were there but there was a breeze which probably helped things. Also bring bottled water and bathing suits to enjoy a refreshing swim. Plan to have lunch here, it was an experience in itself! Try to choose an overcast or cooler/breezy day to go if possible, I can see it could get very hot up there with no ocean breeze. Finally, comfortable walking shoes are a must, flat sandals at the very least.

Visited April 2014
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