Costa Rica's Northern Wildlife Hotspots (Postponed to Fall 2021)

Join R2R Co-founder Sheridan Samano for this unforgettable 8-day exploration of Costa Rica’s northern wildlife hotspots.  Highlights include Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano National Park, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, and Rincon de la Vieja National Park.  This trip is scheduled to correspond to an increased likelihood of witnessing an olive ridley sea turtle arribada (“mass arrival”) at Ostional Wildlife Refuge.

Winter Birding in Minnesota (January 20-23, 2021)

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 Magical Monarchs with Optional Gray Whale Extension Photographic Expedition with Cheryl Opperman (January 30 - February 5, 2021; February 5 - 8, 2021)

Journey to the heart of Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve with award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman. This small group photographic expedition offers unparalleled access with the maximum amount of time possible in the heart of the monarch reserve. An optional extension to Baja California Sur for gray whales is also available.

Mexico’s Monarch Butterflies and Magical Cities - Collaboration with Butterfly Pavilion (February 16-20, 2021)

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”.

Mexico’s Magical Migrations - In Search of Monarchs and Whales (February 23 - March 4, 2020)​

Every winter, the cloud forests in the mountains of central Mexico play host to millions and millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies. The Pacific coast of Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez become home to thousands of whales for approximately four months each year. From mid-February through early March, it’s possible to combine two of Mexico’s greatest animal migrations in one trip.  This is it!

Join us as we embark on an unforgettable wildlife adventure from central Mexico to the Baja Peninsula.

California Wildlife Week (April 19-23, 2021)

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 experience in California.

In Search of Polar Bears and Pack Ice w/ Oceanwide Expeditions (June 18-25, 2021)

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.

Cabins starting from $5500 per person, double occupancy.

Walrus and whale images courtesy of Oceanwide Expeditions. 

Firefly Magic in Mexico (July 6-10, 2020)

Synchronous fireflies put on one of Mexico’s most beautiful lightshows in summer. For several weeks from June to August, hundreds of thousands of fireflies in forests near Mexico City join together in a synchronous pattern of flashing all at once. It’s mating season and showy flashes help males and females identify each other.  The light show is so consistent you can set your watch to it.

In addition to two nights in the heart of the firefly sanctuary, we’ll explore vibrant Mexico City and historic Tlaxcala. Join us for this incredible nocturnal wildlife spectacle in Mexico. 

Oaxaca's La Guelaguetza - Collaboration w/ Denver Botanic Gardens (July 17-23, 2021)

The state of Oaxaca is home to 16 different ethnolinguistic groups.  During La Guelaguetza, these communities come together to celebrate the diversity of traditions and cultures found in Oaxaca.

We’ve combined an exploration of the city and its surrounding pueblos with demonstrations by artists working in traditional methods and even a special cooking class to create an engaging tour that is sure to get you into the spirit of La Guelaguetza. Join 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.

Botanical Wonders of Brazil’s Estrada Royal - Collaboration w/ Denver Botanic Gardens (October 3-11, 2021)

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 Snakenberg, Associate Director of Horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens, for this unforgettable 9-day journey. 

Día de los Muertos in Mexico - Collaboration with Denver Botanic Gardens (October 28 - November 3, 2021)

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

This 8-day journey takes you to Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca.  Combining these three cities offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and long-standing traditions of this beautiful celebration. We’ve included museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, demonstrations by artists working in traditional methods, and even a special cooking class to create an engaging tour that is sure to get you into the spirit of Día de los Muertos.

Indonesia's Exquisite Birds of Paradise (November 9-18, 2021)

Join us for this unforgettable small-ship expedition cruise to Indonesia – a region that is home to myriad cultures, the Spice Islands, mighty Komodo dragons, giant manta rays, exquisite birds of paradise, and is all-in-all one of the last and most astonishing frontiers in adventure travel on Earth.