One of the highlights of the surroundings of Puerto Vallarta without a doubt are the botanical gardens. On this tour we will take you there and show you this treasure. After this visit in the morning, we will take you to the town of El Tuito. El Tuito is still a non touristic village where you can see how people really live in the countryside. $40 USD per hour for 1 to 10 passengers. 6-7 hours. Price is per van, not per person. $5 USD entrance fee for the botanical gardens is not included.
We will first bring you to the Botanical Gardens Vallarta, 12 miles South of Puerto Vallarta,
A visit to the colonial town of El Tuito, away from all the tourists.
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Included in this tour:
a bilingual guide/driver and a bottle of water for every passenger.
extras like the entrance to the Botanical gardens (about $5 USD per person) and lunch. We will give you several options.
This tour is a great combination of Nature and History. We will pick you up at your hotel or at the cruise terminal and will head first to the Botanical Gardens Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens is an educational research center and pleasure garden high in the glorious Sierra Madre Mountains. These gardens are easily accessible, just 12 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.
Located on 20 acres of land, the botanical collections feature over 3,000 different species of plants. The gardens are in a unique tropical dry forest ecosystem at 1,300 feet above sea level. Against the breathtaking backdrop of soaring mountain peaks, there is much to experience: Palm Gardens, Rose Garden, Tree Fern Grotto, Orchid House, Jungle Trails, Tropical Bird Watching, Agave Gardens, displays of Mexican Wildflowers and the Carnivorous Plant Collection. Bring your swimsuit and enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal clear Rio Los Horcones. The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens is registered with Botanic Gardens Conservation International in Surrey, England. They are members of the Asociacion Mexicana de Orquideologia.
The Botanical Gardens are a nonprofit institution. The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens was founded in 2004 and was opened to the public in 2005. Their Vision: to build Mexico’s greatest botanical garden here in the enchanted highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The staff is dedicated to the research and education of plant life, as well as showing the public all the beauty that nature has to offer. Plus providing the finest hospitality around. (text taken from the official site of the gardens)
After this visit, we will head more south to the town of El Tuito.
The region of El Tuito was already inhabited by Nahua tribes before the Spanish arrived. Nowadays, it is a friendly Colonial town (pop. 4500), that claims to be the Raicilla Capital of the World. Raicilla is a drink that is more or less similar to Tequila.
In El Tuito you will see how the Mexicans really live; there is not too much tourism here. We will visit some local families: a family that makes raicilla, another family that makes bread and cookies and of course we will see the cheese factory. You might be lucky to see how “Chicharon” is made on the street. A visit to a local tortilla factory should not be missed.
In El Tuito you will have time to stroll around. We will have lunch here too and of course, you will be able to try the locally made Raicilla.