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Distance from hotel: 8.50 miles
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Explore The Eco Paradise Of El Salado Estuary Puerto Vallarta

In the heart of Puerto Vallarta's hotel zone, make a surprising discovery. The aquatic nature preserve, Estero El Salado, is home to a diversity of wildlife including 100 species of birds, Mexican spiny-tailed iguanas, American crocodiles, boa constrictors, and land and sea creatures. Take a biologist-led, boat estuary tour and explore the lush mangroves, forests, swamps and waterways that wind through this unique, urban treasure. Climb the watch tower for a bird's eye view of the entire preserve. Make your escape to nature without leaving the city energy of Puerto Vallarta.



Hours -

The preserve is open Tuesday - Saturday, with tours departing every two hours starting at 9:00 a.m.


  • Baby Crocodile Experience
  • Children's Day at the Estuary
  • Baby Turtle Release Program


  • Nature Preservation
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Habitat Study
  • Educational Tours
  • Volunteer Opportunities


  • what's the best way to explore el salado?

    Exploring El Salado is fun and easy. A one and one-half hour boat ride, guided by a professional marine biologist, takes you through the winding mangrove forests and different areas of the preserve. Along the way, they will explain the history of the preserve and describe the various wildlife that lives there. At the halfway point, you can exit the boat and climb the watchtower for a 360 degree, bird's eye view of the entire preserve.
  • how do i book a tour?

    Due to limited space on each boat tour, reservations are necessary. Tours are available every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You can book your reservation directly on the preserve's website, or by calling them at 322 201 73 61.

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