Getting to the Vallarta Botanic Garden: 

The bus leaves for the Vallarta Botanic Garden from the Romanic Zone across the road from Mariscos Cisneros Tacos. Or you can take a taxi –  from El Centro for around 400 pesos.  It’s about a 20 minute, 13km drive from El Centro (where we are staying) to the Botanic Gardens but depending on traffic can take a bit longer. 

Getting in:

Grab your ticket and map at the door for 200 pesos per person. Covid-19 is still going on so we had to sanitise our hands and have our temperature taken. 

View from the restaurant

The restaurant: 

The restaurant/visitor center has amazing views and is actually a good restaurant. I wouldn’t say it was cheap (by Mexican standards) but it wasn’t over-priced either. 

We were greeted with a complimentary red hibiscus, agua Fresca (fruit water) and once we were seated bought a plate of sliced cucumber covered with Tajin, a chili & lime seasoning – this is our new go-to snack. 

We over-ordered as usual – fries, eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, a smoothie and blackberry, lemon mojito for a total of $756 + tip. That’s roughly $33 USD. 

It’s hummingbird season so we were able to watch them fly around a nectar pot while we waited and look out over the river. 

The Vallarta Botanic Garden

There are 10 trails of varying difficulty (mostly pretty easy) and 5 greenhouses you can peruse, we didn’t see or do them all but spent roughly 4 hours here and wouldn’t want any less time than that. 

Don’t forget to take your togs (swimwear) to take a dip in the River. We weren’t prepared for this and didn’t get in. 

If you’re only on PV for a short stay you could combine a trip to the Gardens with a stop at Mismolya – best known for being where “The Night of the Iguana” was filmed. 


Zahn is a travel junkie born and raised on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Zahn spent two years in South Korea where she met Addison in 2018. She has visited 17 countries and is on a mission to literally work her way around the rest.

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