Estero El Salado

and The Butterfly Sanctuary


The Estero El Salado Protected Natural Area, comprises an area of 68 hectares (168 acres) directly connected to the ocean through a narrow channel. This urban estuary is comprised of marshes containing three species of mangroves; the rest is made jungle bordered by aquatic and subaquatic vegetation, prickly forest and secondary vegetation. All of this is located in the middle of Puerto Vallarta! More than 100 bird species have been recorded, and reptiles like the American Crocodile, Black Iguana, plus fiddler and stone crabs make their home here. Many warbler species, flycatchers, heron species—including Boat-billed Herons—and the elusive Rufous-necked Wood-Rail have been recorded.

This is an excellent photographic opportunity!

Itinerary: Depart the Hyatt Ziva at 7 am

Estero El Salado and The Butterfly Sanctuary – Mangroves, Crocodiles and Butterflies

Leader: Mark Stackhouse

Date: Saturday, February 25

Group Size: Limited to 10 people

Duration: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Language: English and Spanish

$650 MXN

Festival Registration Required

Explore Nature in a New Way

During your trip through the mangroves, you can get out of the boat and climb the observation tower for a bird’s eye view of the entire preserve.

After the boat trip we will drive 30 minutes to the Butterfly Sanctuary (Mariposario Jardin Magico). There we will take an immersive, guided stroll through the Sanctuary while learning about the lifecycle of butterflies, and the vibrant diversity of plant species that they depend on to survive.

Payment Options

We will gladly accept online payment in the methods below, as well as cash in person.

Have a Question?

Feel free to reach out and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
  • No children under 10 years; children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Fitness level: from a pier, be able to climb in and out of a small boat and climb stairs of an observation tower (mirador)

What to Bring

  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Comfortable shoes that can get wet and muddy