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.
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.
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.