Travel & Outdoors | August 2008
|Kids Love the Vallarta Botanical Gardens|
Aaron Watson - PVNN
Ileana and Sofia Ceja, two teenaged girls from Southern California who spent their summer vacation here in Vallarta, enjoyed a day at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, a place where visitors of all ages can spend a fun-filled day of discovery.
|Ileana Ceja takes us on a video tour of the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, a place where visitors of all ages can spend a fun-filled day of discovery. To find more kid-friendly tours and activities in Puerto Vallarta that everyone in your family will enjoy, click HERE to watch our exclusive Vallarta for Kids video series.|
Located 12 miles south of Puerto Vallarta and 1,300 feet above sea level lay these magical Botanical Gardens. Here, the spectacular views of the Sierra Madre Mountains will take your breath away. Meanwhile, you can get lost gazing at over 3,000 species of plants and animals.
Opened now for over two years, The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a non-profit organization always searching for eager volunteers. Situated on 12 acres of land, the gardens feature the Plantation House, jungle trails, Agave gardens, displays of Mexican wild flowers, Las Puntadas (an archeological site of unknown origin) and much more.
Take a stroll through the grounds and you'll see numerous flowers from orchids to water lilies, cacti to carnivores and everything in between. Some of these plants smell delightful while others, like the Stapelia Gigantea, smell like rotting meat. Next, venture the trails into the jungle to encounter some exotic species or go down by the Rio Los Horcones with a pair of binoculars for magnificent bird watching.
On the second floor of the Plantation House, you can visit the gift shop or if you get hungry, stop by the restaurant and try one of the delicious wood oven pizzas. The restaurant features "Ranch Style Cuisine" and promotes natural Mexican flavors such as vanilla and chocolate.
The Botanical Gardens are registered with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International in Surry, England. They also offer wedding services, horseback riding, a guided bird watching hike and ATV tours.
After touring the Gardens and taking the ATV tour, 16-year-old Ileana, who aspires to be a kindergarten teacher, said, "There's more than just a day's adventure at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. There's so much to see and do here, I'm sure that everyone in your family will want to visit again and again."
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am-6 pm, the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens are located 24 Km south of town, just 3 Km past Chico's Paradise. For more information, call (322) 223-6182 or visit VallartaBotanicalGardensAC.org.
To find more kid-friendly tours and activities in Puerto Vallarta that everyone in your family will enjoy, click HERE to watch our exclusive Vallarta for Kids video series.