Jardín Botánico de Vallarta

Jardín Botánico de Vallarta

Jardín Botánico de Vallarta
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Visit the internationally acclaimed Vallarta Botanical Garden. Lush tropical forests surround cultivated gardens and conservatories featuring orchids, rhododendrons, bromeliads, magnolias and many more botanical delights. Mexican plants of worldwide culinary importance such as vanilla and chocolate are grown and interpreted in unforgettably beautiful fashion. While anyone can experience the Garden at their own leisure, touring with an Official Garden Guide is the best way to get the most out of your time here. See and Experience: - Cultivated Gardens - Plant Conservatories - Hiking Trails - Forest Preserve - Award-winning Restaurant - Garden Gift Shop & Plant Nursery Awards: - USA TODAY's Reader's Choice #4 Botanical Garden in North America (2018) - TripAdvisor #1 Gardens in Mexico (2018) Top Recommended Tour: BOTANICAL DELIGHTS Tour & Culinary Adventure
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • JDSfromPV
    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit - away from the city!
    I loved it! I thought I would at least like visiting the gardens but man - it was beautiful and the people working there were so kind - I just have to say I loved my visit to the Botanical Gardens! It's a ways away from Puerto Vallarta but you are in another world when you are there. I also enjoyed eating at the restaurant - such vies from their tables.
    Hello, So nice to hear that you had a good time , we hope to see you back again soon!
    Written 29 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Ibtihale L
    Chicago, Illinois16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous
    Beautiful garden!!! The best part was hiking the puma(?) trail and swimming in the river! So don’t forget your bikinis and if you have water shoes that’ll help you cross the river. After the hike, you’ll need to hydrate and you’re in luck! The restaurant inside has incredible views over the garden and one of the best cocktails I’ve had made with Vanilla!
    Thank you, How great that you did the puma trail and had one of those Vanilla cocktails , so delicious. We are at your service!
    Written 16 January 2024
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    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Louise
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not cheap but a truly enjoyable day, and worth the journey- good value
    My husband and I visited in late October and found we had the place almost to ourselves. We travelled there by taxi (450 MXN) and got the public bus back to PV (50 MXN each). Entry is 300 pesos. We could have spent all day there and we took the trail down to the river and back up through the forest. It was a wonderful chance to see a great selection of birds and the river area is beautiful. The best part was the restaurant and watching the hummingbirds from our table. Food was excellent (with good vegetarian options) and the attention to detail from the staff was great, there was even a live violinist. The only thing I would improve is the presentation and labelling of the plants as it felt a bit random and messy at times- but that's being picky and I'm aware we visited at the start of the season.
    Thank you for sharing your comments and what you mention of the labelling of the plants we are all about improving . Kind Regards,,
    Written 16 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • HornbyBogart
    Sooke, Canada105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing gardens like you have never seen before
    Ok I’m a pool and beach lover but sometimes it can’t all be about you and then surprise yourself .This hits the list of things you have to do for everyone that appreciates nature. The pictures can not do this justice and you have to go. Join Hector on the veranda for a drink and take in the view but give yourself 2 or 3 hours or they kick you out. Then go up to the restaurant for a tasty lunch with fresh bread, I would plan for taking 2 days if you can to see it all as we probably only had time for less then half the walk around the grounds. Uber was great getting their but Taxi was a little rough getting back as no cell service up in the jungle. Bus in to town would also work but taxi there to town was only 100 pesos more then Uber and not like the rip off taxis at the air port
    So happy to hear you had a good time at the gardens, thanks for visiting us. Regards!
    Written 16 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Just Visiting
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out of the bustle
    Wow, I did not know what to expect. I’ve been to Botanical gardens all over the world. This was a very different set up than the majority of them. It is far less formal, there is less identification of the various plants. That said, it was absolutely beautiful. More of a garden tour at an estate than a formal botanical garden.the on-site restaurant was spectacular. Service was exceptional. The size of the place was just right, to stroll around for a few hours. We enjoyed the hike down to the river. It’s a great day away from the city.
    So happy to hear you had a great time , it is are pleasure to serve you, hope to have you back soon. Warm Regards!
    Written 16 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Mayra
    McKinney, Texas48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely trip
    This experience was very cool. The gardens are designed in a engaging manner. The plants are well cared for and the staff was so friendly. We took an Uber to the garden from Puerto Vallarta, but know that you will need to get the front desk to order you a local taxi because Uber doesn’t do pickups at this location.
    Thank you very much for your comments. Best to you!
    Written 16 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
  • amyzing1963
    Winnipeg, Canada94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens but overpriced restaurant.
    This was our third visit here. The gardens are incredible and always changing and improving. Love seeing the butterflies and hummingbirds. This restaurant, sadly, is a tourist trap. Overpriced food and too small portions. Our charming waiter became not so charming after only giving a 15% tip. But the view is incredible. My suggestion: order as little as possible. Its unnecessary gouging.
    Good afternoon Great to hear that you always visit the gardens, thank you. I will for sure share your comments of the restaurant it is really important for us to have and serve top quality food and for this to happen all ingredients are specially selected as well as everting that's on our menu. Warm Regards!
    Written 16 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2023
  • kated
    Venice, Florida15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but
    It's fun to take the bus from Puerta Vallarta once you find the bus stop. Beautiful garden but save your energy if you go to the river as its lots of stairs down and up. You can swim but rocky bottom tough on feet The gift shop has lovely, expensive things. A tshirt was over $100! We bought a $12 bug spray but no bugs. Restaurant had good food
    So great to hear you had a good time, we hope to see you soon back again. Regards!
    Written 7 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2024
  • Dawn-Dusk-2012
    Minneapolis, Minnesota68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Garden
    We did not go on a tour. My friend and I took an Uber for the 40-minute drive to the gardens on a warm day in Puerto Vallarta. We were surprised to find the skies overcast and the temperature very chilly. (Since there was only a fancy shawl to buy in the store, my friend bought a tablecloth for a shawl. I had brought a sun jacket.) An hour after our arrival, it began to lightly rain. Nevertheless, the gardens are stunning with many wandering paths. There is a large restaurant where we had lunch. Our server was very gracious, letting my friend try a couple Mexican wines. We both tasted them and turned them down. I had Jamaica (hibiscus) tea without ice and my friend had a beer. We both ordered tortilla soup which was artfully served but tasted like tomato soup with crisp tortilla strips. My friend liked the pizza she ordered. My Oven Nachos were OK.
    Hello, Thank you for your comments we hope to see you soon back!
    Written 16 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Cross1275
    Edmonton, Canada12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vallarta Botanical Gardens a Must See
    Puerto Vallarta Walking Aventures with Abraham was an Excellent choice to go to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Abraham was knowledgeable, informative and friendly guide to take us through the gardens and down to the river. Botanical Garden themselves were spectacular and a great place to visit. The Restaurant was excellently with a great variety of food that tasted fantastic. The Tour is well worth it. The bus there was comfortable and provided great scenery and in-depth cometary from Abraham. I would definitely recommend this Tour.
    Great to hear that you had a good time, thank you for your kind comments. Hope to have you back again at the gardens. Regards!
    Written 12 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 March 2024
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Sunshine562164
Castro Valley, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The garden is magical. It’s main building which is the gift shop and the restaurant is beautiful. I loved their koi ponds and the church too. So glad we made our way there. Took many photos. The weather wasn’t too hot and on Saturday in June it wasn’t crowded at all. We(5 people) took uber from our hotel at Zona Romantic ($53) and return via city bus ($15). Lunch at the restaurant was memorable.
Written 11 June 2024
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Charli
Canada12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Do it yourself.
El Tuito bus from around Centro.
No maps available unless you pay 60 pesos which today is $3.58 *insert eye roll here. Almost $5 CAD.
Skip the main hall. Don’t eat there. Don’t buy overpriced anything there. Trails are very poorly marked and there’s rarely a hand railing - little children and senior adults = eeeks! If you wander down the river tie some garbage on a tree so you can find your way home (plenty available on the riverbed).
Written 11 May 2024
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We thank you for your visit the Botanical Garden is a beautiful place and great experience we remain at your service and would appreciate that you visit us again. Warm Regards!
Written 13 May 2024
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Becky K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
TL;DR – incredible experience, not to be missed. Plant lovers - bring sunscreen/bug spray and an appetite!

This was hands-down my favorite experience during a weeklong family trip to Puerto Vallarta. I’m a plant fanatic, so I booked the private tour (Botanical Delights with Culinary Adventure) for myself, my mother and my sister. The entire experience was amazing - even my sister who could care less about gardening/houseplants loved this tour! We took a taxi to the check-in spot, which is right near the marina. The meeting spot is actually in front of a liquor store, so we were worried initially that we were in the wrong place, but then Juan (our driver) and Eduardo (tour guide) arrived and we were off!

Juan drove us south through Puerto Vallarta – through Zona Romántica and the seaside villages that dot the coastline heading towards the mountains, while Eduardo told us a bit about the area and what we could expect for the day ahead, including the menu for lunch. The drive takes a little less than an hour, and follows a winding/curvy road up into the mountains to the Botanical Garden. When we arrived at the garden, we re-applied our sunscreen and started the tour. A note about bug spray – we brought it, and Eduardo also had some, but being late March, the bugs weren’t a problem for us. I could see bug spray definitely being helpful for later spring or summer tours.

Eduardo took us through the various conservatories and gardens at the site, all the while teaching us about the history of the botanical garden and pointing out native plants of particular interest (vanilla orchids, monsteras, cacao, etc.) and even giving us a taste of the ones that were edible. The vastness of the orchid collection alone was amazing – but then to see so many tropical plants – philodrendrons, monsteras, allll the succulents – and each specimen was absolutely living its best life in that environment. Eduardo’s knowledge of plants and the region in general is extensive and we felt so lucky to have him to ourselves and to be able to pepper him with questions the entire time.

Following the tour, we had lunch in the on-site restaurant with Eduardo. The food was fantastic – I had tortilla soup and fish tacos, with their signature vanilla mojito (made with vanilla produced on-site) and vanilla ice cream (best I have ever had, no lie) for dessert. When lunch was finished, we had an hour to ourselves to do whatever we wanted before meeting Juan back at the van for the ride back to PV. That time went by too quickly! We visited the pet cemetery, another quick peek at the orchids, flew through the gift shop and then poof! Time to go:/

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough – my only regret is that we couldn’t come back the next day and do it over again! Eduardo is such an incredible resource, and we had so much fun hanging out with him for the day.
Written 31 March 2024
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Thank you for sharing your experience at the gardens I will for sure let Eduardo and Juan know as well , please come back to visit the gardens when you return to Puerto Vallarta. Warm Regards!
Written 1 April 2024
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ABKL0505
Sheffield, UK164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We decided to hop on the local bus from Zona Romantica and visit the Botanical Gardens independently. The bus ride was fun and cheap & drops your off right outside. Lovely to see sights along the way, places where you might want to discover at a later date. The gardens themselves are absolutely beautiful! We spent hours here, looking at all the different plants/flowers & relaxing. We enjoyed food and drinks in the restaurant and looking out at all the bird feeders expertly hung for close ups of many different birds including hummingbirds. The staff around the gardens were very knowledgeable & friendly. We loved our visit & would highly recommend.
Written 23 March 2024
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Thank you for your comments we remain at your service !
Written 29 March 2024
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dang20152015
Indian Head, Canada103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My wife and I took an uber to the gardens which was 450 pesos. It was nice ride out. The entrance booth was set up nicely, you get a wrist band upon entry. It was 600 pesos for my wife and I to enter. I found out on one of the signs that 60 percent of the garden's funding comes from gate entry and 600 pescos for two is reasonable for what you get to see. There is a board map to show you the areas and trails. We got there around 11am. We toured many of the close trails. There is just so much to see. Being from Canada most of the plants we seen are house plants for us, so it was nice to see them in their natural habitat.

You can buy plants at this garden, and there is a gift shop. It had many plant related items such as pots, and books about plants.

The restaurant was nice as it is up top and you can see around the trees a bit. The meal was good. There was a violinist and pianist playing while we ate. That was a nice touch. They take credit card as well. We toured a bit more of the garden. We were not able to take it all in this day, but we did see quite a bit.

While waiting for a taxi which the entrance booth called in for us which was much appreciated, I seen signage for all the land that they have purchased over the years to keep in perpetuity for wildlife. There is still land available next to the botanical garden to purchase. I hope they can purchase it and expand their protected area.

Worth seeing. We will be back and hope to see more land secured and protected by the botanical garden.
Written 12 March 2024
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Thank you for your comments it is nice to hear you had a good time. We hope to see you back soon again! Regards!
Written 15 March 2024
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Cross1275
Edmonton, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Puerto Vallarta Walking Aventures with Abraham was an Excellent choice to go to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Abraham was knowledgeable, informative and friendly guide to take us through the gardens and down to the river. Botanical Garden themselves were spectacular and a great place to visit. The Restaurant was excellently with a great variety of food that tasted fantastic. The Tour is well worth it. The bus there was comfortable and provided great scenery and in-depth cometary from Abraham. I would definitely recommend this Tour.
Written 11 March 2024
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Great to hear that you had a good time, thank you for your kind comments. Hope to have you back again at the gardens. Regards!
Written 12 March 2024
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Brenda
Redding, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We spent an estimated 4 hours viewing everything and eating at the restaurant. Friendly staff and amazing views. We would go back again.
Written 8 March 2024
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Hello Thank you for your comments very glade to hear that you had a good time. Kind Regards!
Written 11 March 2024
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Kelbea
Olympia, WA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Enjoyed an afternoon visit to the botanical garden up the mountainside outside Puerto Vallarta. Very inexpensive admission fee and your visit can include strolling the grounds, swimming in a river, watching the wildlife, shopping at a very nice (& affordable!) gift shop, or enjoying a refreshment at the bar and restaurant overlooking the river and gardens. Bring your mosquito spray or purchase some at the entrance so that you can appreciate all the beauty with none of the itch!
Written 23 February 2024
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Good morning Great to hear you had a good time. Regards!
Written 2 March 2024
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plantyofdistractions
California5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I had an amazing time on this tour for my birthday. Juan was a great driver and arrived right on time no stress about pickup. Eduardo was charismatic and seemed to love sharing all he knows about the garden and small bits about Puerto Vallarta itself. This tour included delicious lunch with a view and the experience overall was everything you could ask for on a sunny day.
Total trip time including drive was about 5 hours and worth every minute ! If you go make sure you book with Eduardo you'll have a great time !
Written 21 February 2024
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Hello, Thank you for visiting the gardens so nice to hear that you had a good time. We will for sure pass your comments to Eduardo and Juan.
Written 23 February 2024
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Dawn-Dusk-2012
Minneapolis, MN68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We did not go on a tour. My friend and I took an Uber for the 40-minute drive to the gardens on a warm day in Puerto Vallarta. We were surprised to find the skies overcast and the temperature very chilly. (Since there was only a fancy shawl to buy in the store, my friend bought a tablecloth for a shawl. I had brought a sun jacket.) An hour after our arrival, it began to lightly rain. Nevertheless, the gardens are stunning with many wandering paths. There is a large restaurant where we had lunch. Our server was very gracious, letting my friend try a couple Mexican wines. We both tasted them and turned them down. I had Jamaica (hibiscus) tea without ice and my friend had a beer. We both ordered tortilla soup which was artfully served but tasted like tomato soup with crisp tortilla strips. My friend liked the pizza she ordered. My Oven Nachos were OK.
Written 11 February 2024
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Hello, Thank you for your comments we hope to see you soon back!
Written 16 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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