A San Diego Horticultural Society tour
March 13-18, 2016
Escorted by: Robert Kopfstein
This tour is closed for reservations. If you would like to attend
please contact Sterling Tours by clicking HERE.
Join our host Robert Kopfstein in tropical Puerto Vallarta as we
visit the Vallarta Botanical Gardens in the enchanted highlands of
Jalisco, Mexico. We will also enjoy an orchid walk in the mountains
and a day at a typical Mexican fishing village. We'll stay in a quaint,
Mexican style boutique hotel with a beautiful courtyard, surrounded
by gardens. Our hotel is located a block away from the beach and
close to cafes and shops.
Sunday, March 13 Make your way to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
and our home for the next 5 nights, the Posada de Roger, a
quaint Mexican-style hotel in downtown Puerto Vallarta surrounded
by beautiful gardens and authentic Mexican architecture. The
hotel is within walking distance of many markets, shops, and cafes
in the area and is located one block from the main beach in Old
Town. We will get together for drinks at a Welcome Reception on
the patio this evening. Reception
Monday, March 14 Today we depart for a full day private visit to the Vallarta Botanic Gardens. The
gardens are home to over 3,000 different species of plants including; palm garden, tree fern grotto,
orchid house, and jungle trails with tropical birds. We will be greeted by our docent, who will give us
an introduction to the gardens. Robert Price and his
mother Betty founded the Gardens in 2004 after
realizing the need for conservation and environmental
awareness in the area. Robert was specifically
concerned with the numbers of orchids that poachers
were taking from nearby jungles to sell commercially.
The garden opened to the public in 2005 and just
celebrated its 10th anniversary. We will relax and
enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at the garden
Tuesday, March 15 This morning we depart for San Sebastian de Oeste, an old mining town buried
deep in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains. San Sebastian was originally settled in 1605 and
was one of the gold and silver mining centers of Mexico in
the 17th century. San Sebastian hosts a charming cobblestone
plaza, classic white architecture, an 18th century church
dedicated to San Sebastian, a classic Porfian bandstand
and a multitude of 18th century Haciendas. This colonial
Mexican town has been relatively untouched by time and is
surrounded by fields of cattle, corn and coffee plantations.
Wednesday, March 16 We will have a free day to explore
Puerto Vallarta to enjoy sightseeing, visiting the zoo, shopping,
or enjoying Puerto Vallarta’s scenic beaches. Optional tours include bird watching, snorkeling, and
hiking in the mountains.
Thursday, March 17 Our day begins with a trip to Cabo Corrientes, the southernmost point of the
Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags) on the Pacific coast of the Mexican state of Jalisco. This bay is a
prominent navigational landmark and is often referred to as Mexico’s Point Conception. Here we will
see the old lighthouse that has been in operation for 110 years and gorgeous white sand beaches.
We will board a boat to the peaceful fishing village of Yelapa. Yelapa’s name comes from an
indigenous saying meaning “where two rivers meet
the sea.” Here we can take a short hikes to a 100 ft.
waterfall and have a chance to explore tiny intriguing
stores and possibly sample some of the town's
famous pies. We finish our day with a walk around
a modest little town called El Tuito. This is as close
as you can get to traditional rural Mexico. The pine
scented air will make us quickly forget the tropical
beaches from earlier in the day. This town was used for travelers to refresh their supplies of pack
animals, food and water before heading off in to the Sierra Madre. We also include a visit to the
Orchid Project. Lunch, Dinner
Friday, March 18 Today we check out of the Posada and return home or perhaps continue our
exploration of Puerto Vallarta and beyond.
Flights Nonstop service from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta on Alaska Airlines. Nonstop flights also
available from Tijuana on Volaris (Transborder skybridge is scheduled to open December 2015).
Daily flights from many other US, Canadian and Mexican cities to Puerto Vallarta. Please book your
flight to arrive by 4pm March 7 to be sure you make our welcome dinner. Flights leaving from Puerto
Valllarta March 12 may be booked at any time.
Passport A passport valid at least 6 months beyond trip date is required for this trip.
Travel Insurance As your deposit and eventual final payment are both non-refundable, we wish to
make you aware that individual travel insurance is available to protect you against cancellation
penalties as well as provide coverage should an incident occur during the trip. We will send an email
with your deposit confirmation containing information about how to get a free quote and/or secure
your coverage online or by phone. We strongly encourage you to purchase insurance at the time of
deposit, as most pre-existing conditions can often be covered. Group travel insurance will not be
offered with this tour.
Tour Land Cost
$895 per person for members of San Diego Botanic Garden, $995 for non-members,* based on 2
persons sharing a room. Supplement for single occupancy is $225. A deposit of $200 per person is
required to reserve a place on this tour with balance due 60 days before departure. A minimum of 12
guests are required to operate this tour. *Membership in San Horticultural Society starts at $30 per
year, so why we suggest joining before you register for the tour. You can join online, just click HERE
• 5 night’s accommodations
• Hotel taxes and service charges
• Reception, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
• Ground transportation as specified in itinerary
• Top local guides
• All sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary
• Tips to local guides and drivers
• Escorted by Robert Kopfstein
• Donation of $150 to San Diego Horticultural Society
Cost does not include:
• Travel insurance
• Airport transfers
• Items or services not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
Physical Capabilities - This tour include a GREAT DEAL OF WALKING, sometimes on uneven or
unpaved pathways and/or cobblestones, and occasional use of stairs. Some of the places we will be
visiting can only be seen on foot with no other access possible. Guests with limited mobility MUST
consult with Sterling prior to tour registration.
Important Note: This itinerary is subject to revision because the schedule for several included
events had not been finalized when the itinerary was released. We do not anticipate major schedule
revisions, but do want all guests to understand that revisions may be possible. Guests will be notified
should revisions be necessary.
To make a reservation for this tour, please click HERE.
To view or print the itinerary, please click HERE.
To view or print the booking form and Terms & Conditions, please click HERE.
STerling Tours, Ltd
2907 Shelter Island Drive Suite #105-262
San Diego, CA 92106 Tel: 619 299-3010 800-976-9497