The 20-acre rainforest sanctuary includes a wonderful restaurant and beautiful gardens and walking paths.
Transplanted gay San Franciscan Bob Price started it in 2004 and it is the area's newest and treasured attraction. The gardens are 1,300 feet above sea level, so it is a refreshing escape from the heat and the humidity you may experience in the city.
Vallarta Adventures Sierra Madre South tour
You can get there by a public bus for about $1.50 or a taxi will run about $20 from Zona Romantica. Vallarta Adventures offers a wonderful tour from Puerto Vallarta to the Botanical Gardens, Sierra Madre Mountains, the charming small town of El Tuito, a couple of distilleries, and a hidden rock with ancient pre-Hispanic petroglyphs. The company has a great reputation for quality tours by knowledgeable and entertaining guides. (See the slideshow photos on the left with the excellent Vallarta Adventures tour guide Wilver Villegas.)
Vallarta Adventures Sierra Madre South tour includes admission to the Gardens and you will also get a free drink sample next to the gift shop. The gift shop is lovely and undoubtedly the "free drink" helps lure people in. Keep in mind that after you sample the free drink, the waiter may ask you for a tip.
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