Hidden Waterfalls
Hike Ventures Trails

Leave the city behind and join us on a hiking trip through the trails that connect our reserve to amazing places, hidden in the middle of the forest ready to be rediscovered by those intrepid enough to join this great experience.

Our tour leaves from our main office located at:
Ignacio L. Vallarta 399, Local A
Colonia Emiliano Zapata
C.P. 48380, Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
Telephone: +52 322 688 6206

Other convenient pickup locations also available.

Photo Friendly
6-7 Hours
2-36 People
All weather

See Nature in a New Way

The Vallarta Botanical Garden’s forest preserve of nearly 30 hectares allows for one such rare opportunity. Here you will safely explore habitat along the Los Horcones River where jaguars are documented and studied through camera trapping. No fences, no concrete moats… just you, your guide, and verified jaguar habitat.

Expeditions are available to the Brazilian Pantanal where tourists are almost guaranteed to see a wild jaguar, but those trips start at about $10,000 USD per person and require a large investment of time as well.

Our tour is designed to provide guests with high quality interpretive experiences of real jaguar habitat for just $2,000 MXN (about $99 USD) per person. While the chances of actually seeing one of these elusive nocturnal creatures during your tour is incredibly small, your opportunities to become intimately educated about their behaviors are extraordinary.

Guides who lead our jaguar tours have invested much of their time helping with the Vallarta Botanical Garden’s camera trap monitoring, a program in collaboration with Panthera, the world’s only organization devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their landscapes. These guides have worked with highly trained wildlife biologists, learning the habits of our region’s wild cats and what they need to survive in a changing environment. Your experience begins upon meeting up with an official VBG Jaguar Ambassador who will serve as your companion and interpretive guide of Mexico’s tremendous native flora and fauna.

2,180 MXN

(approx. $114 USD) / person

Payment Options

We will gladly accept online payment in the methods below, as well as cash or cheque in person.
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Ignacio L. Vallarta 399, Local A,
Colonia Emiliano Zapata, C.P. 48380, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Together you will wind your way along Vallarta’s stunning south shore and up the Horcones Canyon to the world-famous Vallarta Botanical Garden. From there the adventure begins in earnest once you enter the trails of the native forest preserve to explore and learn together. You may also choose to swim in the crystalline waters of the mountain river flowing through the property and then dine together in the Hacienda del Oro Restaurant with generous portions of authentic Mexican cuisine.

Activity Details

  • The only guided tour of the Vallarta Botanical Preserve by an Official VBG Jaguar Ambassador
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transportation to and from several convenient Puerto Vallarta area locations
  • Natural discovery:
    • Learn about the Tropical Dry Forest ecosystem and the chain of life from plants to our apex predator… the Jaguar!
    • Learn how to identify tracks and other signs of jaguars and to distinguish these from canids and other felines
    • Glimpses of native animals often including colorful parrots and up to a dozen different species of hummingbirds
  • Lunch at the award-winning Hacienda de Oro Restaurant
  • Opportunities for additional activities such as swimming in a tropical river

What's Included

  • Round-trip transportation from one of six pickup locations
  • Vallarta Botanical Garden entrance
  • Insect repellent
  • A welcome refreshment
  • An authentic Mexican meal
  • Contributing to conservation. (2% of proceeds of this tour go to the Garden’s camera trap monitoring collaboration with Panthera.)

Round-trip transportation from any of the following locations:

Nuevo Vallarta (Oxxo Jarretaderas) 8:10 am
Marina Vallarta (Collage) 8:30 am
Asta Bandera (Estadio) 8:40 am
Puerto Vallarta (VBG Central Office) 8:50 am
Conchas Chinas (Oxxo) 9:15 am
Mismaloya (Jacalito Restaurante) 9:35 am

What to Bring

  • Reusable drinking container. If you don’t bring one with you, we have options available for purchase.
  • Sunscreen, long pants and long-sleeve shirts to stay covered and protected (optional)
  • Closed-toed shoes suitable for hiking trails of moderate difficulty (including inclined and uneven surfaces)
  • Swimming suit, water shoes (or sandals with ankle straps), and a towel (highly recommended)
  • Cash for purchases in the Garden’s Gift Shop and gratuity for your guide (an optional way to reward great service)

Please note: The Garden accepts cash in Mexican currency or can convert CAN and USD at its daily exchange rate. Visa and MasterCard are also both accepted.

What to Expect

  • Quality & Service: In a class of its own!
  • The Vallarta Botanical Garden’s Awards include :
    • USA TODAY’s Reader’s Choice ranking of #5 out of hundreds of Gardens in North America
    • TripAdvisor’s ranking of #1 for Gardens in Mexico
  • Activity Level / Difficulty: Vigorous. Participants must be capable of hiking steep and rough terrain. (when requested in advance, accommodations can be made for those with mobility challenges)
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours (mostly dependent on meet up / drop off location)
  • Restrictions; Policies: Participants must be at least 8 years old. Minors must be accompanied by parent / legal guardians.
  • Minimum bookings may be required. Please review policies posted at:
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