The Puerto Vallarta Zoo is a good place to take the family for a day’s outing. You can reach the zoo by bus or by a short drive down the south coastal road if you have a rental car.
Buses depart from downtown at the intersection of Basilio Badillo and Constitución. Take the bus that says Mismaloya and get off at the bus stop in front of the Barceló Resort on the highway. There will be an easy five-ten minute walk to the zoo.
There are many exotic animals in the zoo, and visitors can get very close to them. Where else could you hand-feed a giraffe? When I was there, baby lion cubs were on display and they were adorable. Visitors can buy little bags of food to feed the animals for 50 pesos, and the bag contains nuts, carrots, pellets, corn and seeds. On the bag is a chart showing which animals can eat which foods.
There is a small cafe for snacks or lunch. It’s open every day from 8 am to 6 pm and is very inexpensive, compared to zoos in major centers. For an extra fee, you can hold some of the new baby animals, depending on which ones have been born recently.
Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking. It is not accessible for anyone with a disability.