With the purpose of reinstating May as a cultural month, the Garden Club of Puerto Vallarta and volunteers are organizing a grand and majestic festival to pay homage to one of the icons of Puerto Vallarta; The Bugambilias flower. Said festival will be taking place during the dates 17th to 25th of May.
The week long colorful celebration kick off with a candle lit walk across the Malecon, followed by an homage to Mexico through a “Fiesta Mexicana”. Floral placements will be placed in strategic points of the city to ensure everyone gets a little color in their life. The festivities continue with a flower parade through the city center, contests, sporting events, art expositions, native dancing and non stop rich local culture.
Completely open to the public, and free of any admission charges, the objective of the festival is to unite the community and retake our local culture, while at the same time create a consciousness in the minds of the attendees to preserve Puerto Vallarta’s natural beauty.
The Botanical Gardens are located high in the tropical forest of the Sierra Madre Occidental, about twelve miles south of Puerto Vallarta and covering eight acres of land, a place dedicated to the conservation of flora and fauna; a project by Betty and Bob Price that became a reality when it opened its doors on November 15, 2005.
Since then, the botanical gardens have grown to become one of the main attractions in the Bay of Banderas. One can observe more than 3,000 different plant species as you stroll through the quiet lanes of the place.
The Botanical Gardens are divided into different areas according to the types of plants. Thus we have for example, Blue Agave Hills (these plants produce tequila), Palm Gardens, the Orchid House, Mexican Wildflower, Rose Garden, a Pool of Aquatic Plant, River Walk, where one can dip into natural river pools of the Horcones river. If you are a bird lover, do not forget your binoculars because the gardens are the perfect place to observe many species of tropical birds.
The Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful and largest in Mexico, entry is fee is only $60 pesos and is ideal to visit after the rainy months when rain further enhances its beauty.
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are open 7 days a week from December 1 through March 31. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am – 6pm, (closed August and September). For more information please visit http://www.vbgardens.org/ or call Tel: +52 (322) 223-6182.
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