Ecotourism is a style of alternative tourism that is very different from the traditional one. Instead of visiting places of interest, architecture, etc., ecotourism promotes coexistence and respect for the wonders of nature, in case of Puerto Vallarta, the city offers many options to promote ecotourism, since its inception, has been a place with direct contact with nature, the bay and its mountains. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of tours, from walks and hiking to zip-lining and off-road vehicle tours.
The warm and calm waters of the Pacific Ocean invite you to practice kayaking, paddleboard, and surf, same waters where you can see sea turtles, giant manta rays, dolphins, and humpback whales, which visit Puerto Vallarta from December to April to give birth to their young. From June to September, the beaches of the bay receive the visit of sea turtles, which hotels and conservation programs protect the species. Here at the Friendly Vallarta Hotel, a turtle release activity is offered, so we help preserve the species and offer an experience worth remembering all our lives.
Bird watching is an activity that has taken a bit of popularity among foreigners; Puerto Vallarta has around 350 species in the area, including water birds, land birds, and migratory birds. The latter does not make this activity seasonal since locally there are species that can be observed throughout the year.
The canopy tour in Puerto Vallarta, or the zip lines, is the best ecological experience you can have. The opportunity to float over the treetops, through them and feel the feeling of flying in your stomach is unique and unmatched. A zip line follows a route established through an area of forests, are built in the treetops. Visitors are equipped with harnesses and tied to safety cables at all times while they are on the heights to safeguard their integrity.
Another attractive ecotourism that exists near Puerto Vallarta is the Vallarta Botanical Garden. This is located in the municipality of Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, about 40 minutes from Puerto Vallarta on the federal highway to Barra de Navidad. It is a natural park with botanical collections of more than 3,000 species, in addition to an orchid nursery of 100 different species. The activities that can be done within the Vallarta Botanical Garden are:
- Walk in the garden
- Swimming in the Horcones River
- Bird watching
- Orchid Garden
- Collection of carnivorous plants
- Agave garden
- Trails through the Jungle