Vallarta Botanical Garden

Photography Workshop


Photography workshops are a fantastic way to improve your skills and try something new. With Ric, you can learn new photographic techniques and develop skills to create better images. This workshop will be at the amazing and internationally renowned Vallarta Botanical Garden, among the best regional birding spots. Also, the Garden maintains the most-visited public collection of orchids in Mexico and supports habitat for Military Macaws, Yellow-winged Caciques, San Blas Jays, and several species of hummingbird. Many small perching birds like warblers and sparrows can provide excellent opportunities to practice your photography skills while taking advantage of the morning light. through the conservancies.

Itinerary: Depart the Hyatt Ziva at 7:30 am

Birds & More


Join this bird-watching trek through the VBG’s newly-acquired property, the Ocelot Sanctuary, where you will explore the pine-oaks in search of hard-to-find woodpecker species and sapsuckers possibly, with our world-class woodpecker expert. This is a good chance to learn about woodpeckers! The mountainous elevation here is a bit higher providing for Painted Redstarts, migrant warblers, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpeckers, Gray-crowned Woodpeckers, and Arizona Woodpeckers. Next, you will go visit the bird feeders at the Garden where you can find hummingbirds, West-Mexican Chachalacas, Green Jays and other endemic species. Then, if you wish, explore the beautiful floral collections with an expert guide who will lead you along the paths and through the conservancies.

Itinerary: Depart the Hyatt Ziva at 7:30 am

Photography Workshop

Leader: Ric Chamblee

Date: Friday,              February 24

Group Size: Limited to 6 people

Duration: 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Language: English and Spanish

$300 MXN

Festival Registration Required

Birds and More

Leader: Stephen Shunk

Date: Saturday, February 25

Group Size: Limited to 8 people

Duration: 7.30 am – 12 noon

Language: English and Spanish

$650 MXN

Festival Registration Required

Explore Nature in a New Way

On your way to the Ocelot Sanctuary, you will drive a short distance past the Vallarta Botanical Garden and park at the entrance to the sanctuary. This pine-oak forest has endured through time without significant disturbance and is part of the VBG Land Acquisition Program intended to provide a buffer zone around the garden that will forever remain in its pristine state. There are some inclines and uneven trails as you walk the forest, so it is highly recommended to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. After leaving the Ocelot Sanctuary, you will drive to the Garden where you can visit the bird feeders or search for Black-vented Orioles, Citreoline Trogons, or more warblers.

The photography tour will focus on special areas within the Garden where there are good opportunities for photography instruction, clear views, good lighting, and color. The paths are highly groomed, mostly flat, or cobblestoned. You may stay at the Garden after the tour, but return transportation by bus, car or taxi will be your responsibility. Also, if you save your garden admission sticker, you can return for another visit the next consecutive day free of charge.

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
  • Not wheelchair accessible

What to Bring

  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Hat