Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring with me to the Gardens?
We recommend that you bring the following:
- Drinking water
- Insect repellant (we also sell a variety of options at the Garden)
- Long pants and long sleeve shirts to stay covered and protected (optional)
- Sneakers or shoes suitable for easy to medium hiking trails
- Swimming suit & towel if you plan on swimming in the river
- Money (we accept CAN, USD and MXN. Credit cards are accepted in the restaurant and gift shop but not at the entrance gate)
How long does a trip to the Garden usually take?
Travel to the Garden from Old Town Puerto Vallarta takes approximately 30 minutes. The length of time you spend at the Garden depends on your schedule and what you’d like to do. You can hike along our trails, swim in the river, visit the orchid conservatory, have a bite to eat at the restaurant, take a guided tour and much more! We recommend giving yourself at least 2-3 hours for your visit, but some choose to stay for the whole day or even come back again and again.
How do I get to the Garden?
We are located 24 km south of Puerto Vallarta on the scenic Palms to Pines Highway. The Garden is easily accessible by bus, car or taxi. Click here for location and transportation information.
Our PHYSICAL address is: Carr. Pto. Vallarta a Barra de Navidad, Km 24 Las Juntas y Los Veranos, Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico. Please note that our mailing address is different. See home page.
How much does admission cost?
Just $150 Pesos per person!
Kids (4 and under) Free
What are your hours of operation?
We are open from 10-6 seven days a week. Between April 1st and November 1st, we are closed on Mondays. On Thursday mornings we offer early morning birding at 8am.
Note: We are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
May I bring my own food?
As a small non-profit heavily reliant on memberships and donations, we also rely on the Hacienda de Oro Restaurant’s contributions to maintain our general operations. For this reason, no outside food or beverages are permitted on the property.
Are you wheel chair accessible?
Several areas of the Garden are accessible—including the Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids, Hacienda de Oro restaurant, Garden Gift Shop, aquatic plants pond and the Flag Trail. Trails going through the jungle are not accessible.
Are you pet friendly?
Yes we are pet friendly but all pets must remain on leash at all times! Owners must pick up after their pets.
Do you offer tours?
Yes! We offer a complimentary 30-minute tour of the Garden everyday at 1pm from December to April. Between May and November, we offer tours if a volunteer is available. If you would like additional tours, tours for school groups or large group tours, please click here for more information.
We also offer birding tours upon request. More information can be found on our tours page.
Why should I donate to the Garden?
As a nonprofit public benefit organization, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens relies on the contributions of our members and donors to sustain this natural sanctuary, continue much needed conservation projects, and further our outreach to the Puerto Vallarta region’s community. The Garden receives no funding from the government, which means that we rely on your support to remain open. Donations and memberships help raise awareness of environmental needs, contribute towards important tourism generating, support a world-class community resource and create environmental education programs for the communities youth.
How can I donate to the Garden?
More information on donations can be found here. Information on memberships can be found here. We want to thank you in advance for your donation
Can I volunteer?
Yes! We are always looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of work such as plant propagation, gardening, administrative assistance, graphic design, translating (not just to/from Spanish!), education, leading tours and many other areas. Some of these tasks can be done without being at the Garden or even if you are in another country. If you are interested in volunteering, please look at our calendar of events to find the next volunteer training day or email [email protected] with any questions you may have. More information on volunteering can be found here.
May I do a photo shoot at the Gardens?
Almost everyone has a camera these days and while the general public is permitted and encouraged to click away we do ask professional photographers to honor our $500.00 peso charge for professional photo shoots on the property and to arrange this in advance by calling +52 (322) 223-6182.
I have more questions, what should I do?
For any additional questions, please email [email protected] or call (322) 223-6182 or (322) 223-6184.