Everytime we come to Puerto Vallarta we go to the Botanical Gardens. Well for the past 5 or 6 times that is, because before that we didn’t know about them.
Today, 15 February, after breakfast, we decided to grab the bus and go. You catch the bus at calles aguacate and caranza, look for the bus marked el tuito. As of today it will cost you 20pesos per person. Sit ot the right side of the bus going up for the views of the bay.
The website for the gardens, http://www.vbgardens.org is pretty, not as pretty as the real thing. The walking trails are great, but not if you have knee or mobility issues. They are packed dirt, tree root, and placed cement steps and blocks. There are some handrails. Use caution, but if you can manage it, do.
We always wander the trails, up and down, and around and around. Then there are the plant display areas, so beautiful.
oh, and the restaurant, the restaurant is quite nice, the food is good, the non-alcoholic drinks are good, we may have had beers once, but we mostly go for more refreshing after the trails. Heck, even without the trails and such it would be a great place just for a meal. The restaurant is up in a mirador, a high lookout. great views, lots of birds to watch….
As of today entry is 80pesos per person, no discounts for INAPAM, or Nationals, and the restaurant is a bit pricey, but just get over it, at least that’s what I tell myself.
They have a gift area, t-shirts, plants, orchids, planters, …all sorts of stuff to buy. so go for it!
Tom took a bunch of pictures and posted them on his facebook page but of course I can’t figure out how to link you to them, darn Ipad…
so I’ll just drop a couple in here –