Natural scenery is a very important part of the landscape of Puerto Vallarta, both underwater and on land. The major reserves and parks and gardens in the city are described below:
El Moro Wildlife Sanctuary
Many Playa Vallarta visitors visit the El Moro Wildlife Sanctuary for its amazing coral reefs alone. Located off the coastline, it enjoys an island setting and brims with colorful flora and fauna. In addition to snorkeling and scuba diving, other highlights of the El Moro Wildlife Sanctuary include sea turtles as well as many colorful underwater creatures. You can view them by glass-bottom boats. Address: Bahia de Banderas, Nuevo Vallarta, 63732.
Los Arcos is a notable park within the city. Everything within this beautiful nature reserve is protected. It is one of the best places in the region to appreciate wildlife. Many travelers visit Los Arcos for the wonderful views. The glass-bottom boat trips are popular with locals and tourists alike. Underwater attractions are unparalleled, perfect for travelers who enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. Address: Highway 200, Puerto Vallarta, 48300.
The Botanical Gardens in Puerto Vallarta is a pleasure garden as well as an educational research center high in the mighty Sierra Madre Mountains. Situated against the lovely backdrop of mountain peaks, it offers an experience that you will never forget. It features the Carnivorous Plant Collection, Rose Garden, Palm Gardens, Orchid House, Tree Fern Grotto, Tropical Bird Watching, Jungle Trails, Mexican Wildflower displays, and the Agave Gardens. Bring your swimsuit and take a refreshing dip in the glasslike waters of Rio Los Horcones. Address: Carretera Puerto Vallarta a Barra de Navidad Km. 24.
El Zoologico de Vallarta
See local animals and many exotic animals from different parts of the world at Puerto Vallarta Zoo. Experience the magic of the deep jungle and admire the elegant flamingos and the mighty white tigers. Also enjoy the tenderness of the squirrel monkey and the macaco. Know moew about the enigmatic black panthers and feel the ferocity of the jaguars and lions. You can even touch and feed the animals at this zoo. Address: Camino al Eden 700, Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta.