Botanical gardens and El Tuito
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.


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.


This is 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 make 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.

Rates:
Tour by Van: 40US per hour, 1-10 passengers. You will need about 7 hours to see it
all.

This includes a bilingual guide/driver and a bottle of water for all passengers.
Not included are extras like the  entrance to the Botanical gardens (about 5US per
person) and lunch. We will give you several options.

Guest Comment

Our large Cruise
Critic group
organized this bus
tour in Feb. Azael
was an excellent &
knowledgeable tour
guide. The gardens
were beautiful and
well worth the trip!

Janice Hom
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Did you know
that the Dahlia
pinnata is the
National flower of
Mexico? And  The
poinsettia is
originally from
Mexico! Merry
Christmas ;)
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