A 64-acre botanical garden at 1,300 ft (400 m) above sea level, near Puerto Vallarta). The gardens have been open to the public since 2005. The tropical plants are native to the region around Puerto Vallarta as well as exotics plants from around the world. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens actively participates in public environmental education through tours and classes. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens were selected in 2013 as one of the "Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For" by the North American Garden Tourism Conference's International Tourism Award. The gardens feature hiking trails both through the native forest and the manicured garden grounds. Visitors are also welcome to swim in the Rio Horcones, the tropical river that borders the property. Bird watchers will find the most birding activity early in the morning or later in the day.
Tour departs from Puerto Vallarta or take public transportation on your own leaving Puerto Vallarta every 30 min using El Tuito Bus, from the corner of Venustiano Carranza & Aguacate street in the Zona Romantica in Puerto Vallarta. The Vallarta Botanical Garden receives no government funding and there is a small admission charge. Vallarta Botanical Garden is a non profit membership organization.