If you’re going to be in Puerto Vallarta during the week of March 23, don’t miss the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden’s Flower & Garden Show. The event takes place from March 23-30th and includes a photography contest and exhibit. The property, previously land used for cattle, is now home to thousands of native and non-native plants and trees, including a stunning Mexican orchid collection.
Guests can stroll the rambling 20 acre property on walking paths, stopping for respite from the heat on a shady park bench. Hike through more than 6000 Blue Agave plants in the “Blue Agave Hills” area or take a dip in the Los Horcones river. Due to the diversity of the more 3000 species of plants, the Botanical Gardens are an Eden for bird watchers. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Hacienda de Oro restaurant and gift shop, where you can enjoy a bite to eat among the wild parakeets that come to visit. The view is astounding!
The Botanical Gardens are open daily from 10am – 6pm, closed Christmas and New Year’s. Entrance is $50 pesos per person, children under 10 are free.
They’re located just 12 miles south of Puerto Vallarta on Hwy. 200 and accessible by car or public transportation. Just hop on a bus leaving from the corner of Carranzas and Aguacate street, in the Romantic Zone. Look for the one going to “El Tuito.” A cab is approximately $20 US each way.