Vallarta Botanical Garden Now Open for Social Distancing Hikes
Bob Price - Vallarta Botanical Garden

June 8, 2020

Dear Friends of the Garden,

We are now open again and it feels great! The Vallarta Botanical Garden is the perfect place for social distancing, with fresh air and sunshine, not to mention our stunning horticultural displays.

Going forward, how things regarding the COVID-19 pandemic will unfold is unknown, but one thing is for sure, that nature is extremely good for your body and soul. Do yourself a favor: come for a walk in the Garden or hike a forest trail today. The Japanese have a pastime known as "forest bathing" where the living and fortifying energy of the forest is absorbed, imparting a feeling of calm and health. Opportunities for forest bathing abound here!

The COVID-19 lockdown here was a busy time. Many of our staff members volunteered to come each week to help water our important plant collections and do ongoing chores that need doing even when we are closed. We are grateful to these amazing team members who kept us going through the difficult days of the quarantine.

June will take us into the heart and heat of the dry season. In some years, the rain can start to fall in June but it is more normal for it to begin in July. Things will become parched in the forest in the surrounding hills and wildfire is a real danger.

This is still a great time to visit the Garden; many things bloom at different times throughout the year.

Returning to the garden, you will notice hand washing stations have been set up along with hand sanitizer stations. Our staff will work masked and we also ask that your mask be worn in public areas like the bar and gift shop.

Our restaurant, Hacienda de Oro, will remain closed until December but the cocktail bar will be open on the upper level and homemade snacks, sandwiches and desserts will be available at our new coffee bar "Cafe Ixtlahuahuey" featuring locally grown coffees from Cabo Corrientes.

As we go forward, let us all strive to do good in our beautiful world. Our planet and Mexico needs our love and protection more than ever.

Robert Price
Founder and Curator,
Vallarta Botanical Garden

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