The Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a world famous sanctuary located just 30 minutes from Old Town
Winners of the USA Today 2019 Readers’ Choice for Best Botanical Gardens, they are rated #5 of the top ten Best Botanical Gardens in North America. What an honor!
This is a not-for-profit organization started in 2004. The garden sits on 20 acres of land and is home to a vast diversity of Mexican plant species, including the most visited public collection of orchids in Mexico. It also has a chapel and small cemetery.
Check their website for garden hours, entry cost and optional tours. You’ll be outdoors and walking a lot, so bring your water & sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes. If it’s hot enough, take a dip in the river. The restaurant and gift shop are extraordinary, so be sure to plan to have lunch in this wonderful setting.
Take the BLUE bus from Carranza & Aguacate, look for ‘El Tuito / Botanical Gardens’ in the window. The buses come every 20-30 minutes, the cost is $20 MXN pesos.
We’d love to hear about your experience at the gardens!