Día de los Muertos – Oaxaca, Mexico

Oct. 28 – Nov. 4, 2019

Denver Botanic Gardens and Reefs to Rockies offer an unforgettable trip to Oaxaca, Mexico during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). A national holiday in Mexico, Día de los Muertos is considered one of the most important cultural celebrations in Latin America. Join Yvonne Garcia Bardwell, community relations manager at the Gardens, for this unforgettable experience that acquaints people with the culture, art and food of Oaxaca, and what makes this region so unique. Included in the trip: meet Abigail Mendoza who is world-renowned for her hand-ground mole. You can have an opportunity to cook with her during the trip. Here is the trip itinerary.


The Gardens’ Center for Global Initiatives is offering three international trips in 2020 that traverses three continents from one end of the globe to the other: Greece (Europe), China (Asia) and Brazil (South America).


Garden of the Gods: A Springtime Journey to the Greek Islands

April 26 – May 7, 2020

Greece in spring is a magical experience. It’s the time of the year when the entire country becomes a vast natural garden. Greece is home to a stunning number of plant species, comprising the richest flora in Europe. More than 6,000 species thrive in the country, of which about 10 percent are endemic and can be found nowhere else in the world. On this springtime journey we will witness the beautiful display of wildflowers that cover the land among ancient sites, old villages and notable islands. Tour leader is Dr. Sarada Krishnan, director of horticulture and center for global initiatives at the Gardens.


Price: $5,990 per adult, double occupancy. Single room supplement: $790

Register: Call Thalassa Journeys at 866-633-3611 or email

Thalassa Journeys is a tour operator whose principals are from Greece and bring five decades of experience in serving America’s leading cultural, educational and scientific institutions on high-quality educational travel programs.


Fantastic Flowers in the Land of the Panda

June 9-23, 2020

Sichuan is best known, perhaps, as the homeland of the Giant Panda—and the lofty mountains that harbor the last of this species contain an astonishing array of choice wildflowers and alpine plants which will be in peak flower late June. This is a botanically focused foray, hiking at lofty altitudes (even over 15,000 feet) with longer stays at botanical hotspots (Balangshan, Huanglong). Here you can expect to see many species of Meconopsis, Corydalis, Primula, Androsace, Saussurea, Arisaema and orchids galore among the other treasures of the Himalaya. More details about this trip coming soon. Tour leader is Panayoti Kelaidis, senior curator and director of outreach at the Gardens.


Botanical Wonders of Brazil’s Estrada Royal

October 5-13, 2020

This trip offers a rich cultural and botanical experience, exploring 17th - 19th century architecture, local cuisine, natural history, art, culture and landscapes. The journey will trace the Estrada Real, which opened in the 18th century to support gold mines. It was officially declared a tourist route in 1999 and is the most important tourist destination in Minas Gerais, encompassing historical cities, woodland parks, mountain, rivers, waterfall and lakes. Tour leader is Nick Snakenberg, curator of tropical collections and associate director of horticulture at the Gardens.


Price: $3,855 per person for Denver Botanic Gardens members (double occupancy); add $100 per person for non-members. Single supplement: $670 (subject to availability)

Register: Call Reefs to Rockies at 303-860-6045 or email Space is limited to 24 travelers.

Reefs to Rockies is a Colorado-based tour operator that develops curated custom itineraries that weave the themes of nature, wildlife and culture throughout. Their award-winning itineraries have been featured in a variety of publications and their strong network of international partners allows them to develop one-of-a-kind itineraries for organizations like Denver Botanic Gardens. Join us on an adventure to remember.


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