One of the ecotourism activities here in Puerto Vallarta is going to our world-renowned botanical gardens. This was started by a man from California who was squatting with a tent on land about 20 minutes away from Old Town. He is now sanctioned by the Mexican government to manage these botanical gardens.
There are many cruise ships that dock at Puerto Vallarta and send out their passengers to visit the botanical gardens and other tourist spots.
Then you have the ecotourism of whale watching, snorkeling, skin diving, and sport fishing of all kinds. There is also the Marietas Islands, which are island sanctuaries rich in vegetation, fish, and bird diversity. Puerto Vallarta has a jungle as well where you could zipline up in the mountains. There is also a fabulous, well-funded zoo.
You'll find that most tourist places like the botanical gardens and zoo are funded privately by American and Canadian businesses or organizations and also Mexican banking and businesses.
You're seeing a little difference in Puerto Vallarta because funding is available for orphanages, medical facilities, and educational facilities that you normally wouldn't get in other parts of the country.
I personally don't travel much around Mexico. Living in Puerto Vallarta, you don't need to travel often. We send clients out fishing, yachting, and whale watching.
(Rancho Patzcuaro, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)