If you’re headed to the Riviera Nayarit on your next luxury Mexico vacation, don’t miss out on the Lo de Perla Jungle Garden. It’s known as an “orchid paradise”, but it is much more than that. It is tucked away in Sierra de Vallejo and is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see in your life.
Lo de Perla isn’t difficult to find. It’s only five minutes away from the town of San Pancho if you’re driving on federal highway 200. At its core, it’s a botanical garden, but it’s an experience unlike any other gardens you’ve visited. Orchids are found throughout its massive 32 acres and are naturally watered by the ocean’s mist, which is carried over to them by the wind.
See More Than Flowers on Your Luxury Mexico Vacation
If you want to get the most out of this part of your luxury Mexico vacation, it’s a good idea to take the tour offered there. Don’t be daunted by the fact that it is three hours long. It is extremely interesting, and the time will pass much more quickly than you’d expect.
While it’s a good idea to wear shoes that are comfortable for walking, don’t worry if you’re someone who needs to rest on occasion. The pathways are simple to walk on and offer regular spots along the way where you can rest. You’ll also enjoy a cabin, a wooden bridge, and a very unique spot built as an altar with monoliths raised to honor the people behind the garden’s founding.
Experience the Jungle Comfortably and Safely
Just because you’re on a luxury Mexico vacation, it doesn’t mean you need to feel like you’re roughing it if you want to experience the jungle. This location certainly provides you with the feeling of being a jungle, only in a safe place and one that is comfortable to navigate.
The trees provide a kind of labyrinth that will give you a feeling of being lost without ever stepping away from the safety of a clear path that will bring you to where you want to be. These trees include vine-covered palms, among others. They reach up to 130 tall in some areas, where their canopy forms thick natural domes even the sun struggles to peek through.
Your guide will help you to spot gorgeous varieties of flowers and orchids as well as breadnut trees, fig trees and other fruit trees, coconut palms, and papelillos, otherwise known as paper bark trees. These provide homes to macaws, parrots, carpenter birds, magpies, pigeons and chachalacas. Among them, you’ll also find roses, mushrooms, cacti, bromeliads, and of course, orchids.