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.
We will first bring you to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens , 12 miles South of Puerto Vallarta,
A visit to the colonial town of El Tuito, away from all the tourists.
|Private Tour just the Gardens||Day||Duration||Price (USD)|
Small Sprinter max. 10 passengers
Suburban max. 6 passengers
Large Sprinter max. 19 passengers
|5 hours*||Monday – Friday Weekends upon request|
Note: During low season, the Gardens are closed on Mondays. * 5 hours can be done out of Vallarta, if you are staying in Nuevo or further you need more time so different rates apply.
|Private Tour Gardens & El Tuito
small Sprinter max. 10 passengers
Suburban max. 6 passengers
Sprinter max. 19 passengers
|8 hours||Monday – Friday Weekends upon request|
Included in this tour:
Transportation, Bilingual certified guide, bottled water
Entrance to the Botanical gardens (about 200 pesos per person) and lunch, gratuities. If you arrive by ship there is a 20USD port fee to be paid as well.
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 Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
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. You can have lunch here, or at the Gardens, and of course, you will be able to try the locally made Raicilla.