Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The Vallarta Botanical Garden is now open! Visiting the Garden is a great way for families to do something healthy and fun together. With 74 acres to explore you can keep your distance from others while enjoying the wonders of nature and breathing in some fresh air.
In the June edition of The Leaflet (the VBG's monthly newsletter), Vallarta Botanical Garden Founder and Curator, Robert Price, shared the following:
"We are now open again and it feels great! The Vallarta Botanical Garden is the perfect place for social distancing, with fresh air and sunshine, not to mention our stunning horticultural displays.
Going forward, how things regarding the COVID-19 pandemic will unfold is unknown, but one thing is for sure, that nature is extremely good for your body and soul. Do yourself a favor: come for a walk in the Garden or hike a forest trail today.
The Japanese have a pastime known as "forest bathing" where the living and fortifying energy of the forest is absorbed, imparting a feeling of calm and health. Opportunities for forest bathing abound here!
The COVID-19 lockdown here was a busy time. Many of our staff members volunteered to come each week to help water our important plant collections and do ongoing chores that need doing even when we are closed. We are grateful to these amazing team members who kept us going through the difficult days of the quarantine.
June will take us into the heart and heat of the dry season. In some years, the rain can start to fall in June but it is more normal for it to begin in July. Things will become parched in the forest in the surrounding hills and wildfire is a real danger. This is still a great time to visit the Garden; many things bloom at different times throughout the year.
Returning to the garden, you will notice hand washing stations have been set up along with hand sanitizer stations. Our staff will work masked and we also ask that your mask be worn in public areas like the bar and gift shop.
Our restaurant, Hacienda de Oro, will remain closed until December but the cocktail bar will be open on the upper level and homemade snacks, sandwiches and desserts will be available at our new coffee bar 'Cafe Ixtlahuahuey' featuring locally grown coffees from Cabo Corrientes.
As we go forward, let us all strive to do good in our beautiful world. Our planet and Mexico needs our love and protection more than ever."
Visit the internationally famous Vallarta Botanical Garden located just 30 minutes south of Old Town at Km. 24 on Highway 200 and easily accessible by public transportation and taxi. This 74 acre wildlife preserve and botanical garden have something fun for everyone. Over 200 species of birds have been observed on the Garden's grounds. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip in the jungle river. See plantings of vanilla, chocolate, and hundreds of other botanical delights! The Garden is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm (closed Mondays from April 1 to December 1). Garden admission is just $200 pesos. For more information, call (322) 223-6182 or visit vbgardens.org.
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