Vallarta Jardin Botanico - Vallarta Botanical Garden

This month my husband and I finally enjoyed our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was the end of their rainy season and very humid.  And although the humidity may have slowed us down, it didn't stop us. We had a great time venturing off on hikes, kayaking in the sea, and seeing the beautiful botanical garden about thirty minutes away.  The garden, nestled in the jungle, is not an ordinary botanical garden! At times it felt like we were on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark. We took "Jaguar Trail" down to the river at the base of the property.  Along the way we saw coffee trees, orchids, iguanas and bright yellow birds. It was the absolute opposite of the desert in terms of green and wet, and I found it interesting to see familiar plants growing there, such as cholla and nopales cactus.  After our hike we stopped at their restaurant to cool off.  They had a refreshing hibiscus tea made with vanilla grown right there on the property.  I'll have to try this combination at home :)