UPCOMING GROUP TRIPS

Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico - Collaboration w/ Denver Botanic Gardens (October 28 - November 4, 2019)

Denver Botanic Gardens and Reefs to Rockies are offering an unforgettable trip to Oaxaca, Mexico during its most important celebration of the year – Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

A national holiday in Mexico, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is considered one of the most important cultural celebrations in Latin America. Oaxaca’s artistic and culinary heartland offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and long-standing traditions of this beautiful celebration. Join Yvonne Garcia Bardwell, Community Relations Manager at Denver Botanic Gardens, for this unforgettable experience that acquaints people with the culture, art, and food of Oaxaca, and what makes this region so unique.

San Diego Fall Birding Escape - Collaboration w/ Front Range Birding Company (November 6-10, 2019)

With some of the best birding in the country, birders from all over flock to San Diego County, California.  Located on the Pacific Flyway and with habitats ranging from coastlines to mountains and deserts, more than 500 species of birds have been observed in the region.  San Diego has been labeled one of the the “birdiest” counties in the country.  Join Chip Clouse from Front Range Birding Company for a spectacular fall birding trip to southern California.

Belize: Rainforest to Reef - Collaboration w/ Denver Audubon (November 9-16, 2019)

Bird rainforest, coastal and river habitats.  Search for elusive wild cats, tapirs, and manatees.  Snorkel a pristine section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.  Explore Mayan ruins. And more.

Winter Birding in Minnesota - Collaboration w/ Front Range Birding Company (January 23-26, 2020)

Sax-Zim Bog offers some of the best chances to glimpse boreal species including Northern Hawk Owl, Snowy Owl, Common and Hoary Redpolls, Ruffed Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern Goshawk, and Great Gray Owl, North America’s tallest owl and a crowd favorite. The bog’s mix of seasonal boreal birds is unmatched by any other North American location. In addition to Sax-Zim Bog, we’ll be following daily bird reports for updates on rarities in the area. Get ready for a winter birding wonderland in Minnesota!

Mexico's Monarch Butterflies & Magical Cities - Collaboration w/ Butterfly Pavilion (February 11-15, 2020)

Every winter, the cloud forests in the mountains of central Mexico play host to millions and millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies.  This aggregation of monarchs in Mexico’s central highlands remains one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles on the planet. When masses of butterflies are in flight, it sounds like rain falling and their cumulative weight can bend branches of oyamel firs.  In addition to visiting two butterfly sanctuaries in the state of Mexico, travelers will also visit vibrant Mexico City and colonial Valle de Bravo, one of Mexico’s “Magical Towns”.

Spring Magic in Nebraska - Collaboration w/ Denver Audubon (March 26-29, 2020)

Each spring, more than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converges on Nebraska’s Platte River Valley.  Along with them come millions of migrating ducks and geese in the neighboring Rainwater Basin—covering the vast expanse of open sky with millions of flapping wings and a chorus of calls. At the same time, in the grasslands of Nebraska, male sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie chickens are vying for the attention of hens. Get ready for spring magic in Nebraska!

California Wildlife Weekend – Spring Migration Edition (April 15-19, 2020)

California’s coastline offers a variety of wildlife adventures.  The Golden State’s 1100-mile shoreline abounds with gorgeous landscapes, impressive forests, protected bays and scenic beaches.  You won’t be disappointed by all that’s on offer between Point Reyes and Big Sur along Pacific Coast Highway 1.  Join Reefs to Rockies’ Co-Founder Sheridan Samano for an unforgettable wildlife weekend in California.

California Wildlife Week – Spring Migration Edition (April 20-24, 2020)

California’s coastline offers a variety of wildlife adventures.  The Golden State’s 1100-mile shoreline abounds with gorgeous landscapes, impressive forests, protected bays and scenic beaches.  You won’t be disappointed by all that’s on offer between Point Reyes and Big Sur along Pacific Coast Highway 1.  Join Reefs to Rockies’ Co-Founder Sheridan Samano for an unforgettable wildlife week in California.

In Search of Polar Bears and Pack Ice w/ Oceanwide Expeditions (June 17-24, 2020)

Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.

Botanical Wonders of Brazil’s Estrada Royal - Collaboration w/ Denver Botanic Gardens (October 5-13, 2020)

Brazil’s Estrada Real or Royal Road is a series of historic routes spanning the states of Minas Gerais, São Paolo, and Rio de Janeiro dating back more than 300 years. The Estrada Real offers awe-inspiring landscapes and colonial towns filled with magnificent Baroque architecture.  This area is also home to one of the most revolutionary landscape architects of all time – Roberto Burle Marx. Join Nick Snakenburg, Associate Director of Horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens, for this unforgettable 9-day journey. 

Indonesia's Exquisite Birds of Paradise - Collaboration w/ Denver Audubon (November 10-19, 2020)

Whether you are a mere nestling who is new to birding, a fully-fledged birder, or a seasoned twitcher, this 10-day/9-night ornithological adventure through the remote, rainforest-clad islands of northern Raja Ampat and North Maluku is a fantastic opportunity to add some significant numbers to your life lists. No other feathered family is as beautiful, or displays such diversity of plumage, extravagant decoration, and courtship behaviour as the ostentatious Bird of Paradise.

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