Garden Etiquette

Garden Etiquette

We welcome everyone to visit, roam the trails, smell the flowers and enjoy our facilities in their entirety! These few guidelines will help maintain an environment of peace and tranquility and foster a spirit of friendliness and respect. Please exercise wisdom and caution to avoid accidents and damage to yourselves, our facilities and natural resources.

The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a place of quiet reverence, anyone disturbing the peace will be ask to leave. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and you must clean up after your pet. Please remain on the maintained pathways at all time. Steep ledges are dangerous and present in some of our unmaintained areas. First Aid is available in the Visitor Center. In wooded areas please watch your step carefully for loose gravel or exposed tree roots. When swimming in the Crystal Pools please, no diving! Underwater rocks can pose unseen dangers.

Etiquette

Do Not Touch

Do not touch

  • Children under 15 must be at all times closely supervised by a responsible adult to avoid accidents or disruption of others.
  • No outside food or drinks allowed.
  • Shirts and footwear are required in our restaurant area.
  • Cutting or touching plants and flowers is strictly forbidden.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and you must clean up after your pet.
  • When swimming in the Emerald Pools: please, no diving!
  • No screaming, yelling or loud whistling allowed.
  • Please respect the peace and quiet of nature while visiting.

Tropical Travel Advice

  • We’re in the Tropics! We strongly recommend applying insect repellent for your garden visits. (Available for sale in our gift shop.)
  • It’s always wise to travel with a buddy or at least tell others of your travel plans. (Especially true when venturing into the jungle trails.)
  • Jungle trails may present steep ledges, uneven footing, and slippery surfaces. Hike slowly and with caution.
  • Poisonous plants and venomous critters may be occasionally encountered. Stay on designated trails and do not disturb the wildlife.
  • Don’t dive in the river. Distances and objects underwater can be difficult to judge.
  • Remember that the Gardens close at 6:00 pm. Please do not venture along the Jaguar or Chachalaca Ridge Trails after 5:00 pm.
  • Garden Staff in the Visitor Center maintain basic first aid supplies and have basic rescue training, but prevention of problems is the best solution.

Etiquette for School Groups

  • No screaming, yelling or whistling allowed!
  • It is recommended that in jungle areas that youngsters are encouraged to whisper in order to view birds and other wildlife.
  • No outside food or drink allowed! Snacks can be purchased in the Hacienda de Oro.
  • Shirts and foot wear are required
  • Cutting, touching, or collecting plants is strictly forbidden!
  • Swimming in the Emerald Pools is at your own risk, no diving!
  • No HORSEPLAY!
  • Stay on designated paths and trails at all times!
  • One chaperone for every 10 children in The Garden.

Please respect the peace and quiet of others while visiting this natural sanctuary.