Magical Mexico with Denver Botanic Gardens

Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Jan 15 - 21, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10
Magical Mexico with Denver Botanic Gardens
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Jan 15 - 21, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10

About this trip

Every winter, montane cloud forests in central Mexico host millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies. This aggregation of monarchs in Mexico’s central highlands ranks as one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles on the planet. When masses of butterflies are in flight, it sounds like rain falling. Their cumulative weight can even bend branches of towering oyamel fir trees. 

In addition to spending two days at monarch butterfly sanctuaries, travelers will also explore vibrant Mexico City known for its thriving art scene, charming neighborhoods, world-class gastronomy, and its unique blend of old and new. 

About Your Host

Born and raised in South Texas, with a bilingual-bicultural background, Yvonne Garcia Bardwell brings a great mixture of experiences and knowledge to the tour. As the Associate Director of Community Relations at Denver Botanic Gardens, she is responsible for diversifying the Gardens’ constituency by establishing and strengthening relationships with community organizations across the Denver metro area. Since 2011, she has orchestrated Denver Botanic Gardens’ observance of Día de los Muertos – a celebration that has grown into a vibrant annual event celebrating one of Mexico’s greatest cultural legacies. Her multicultural orientation has developed through not only extensive world travel but also significant work and volunteer experiences as well as an academic focus on international and Spanish-language marketing. This tour offers an opportunity to educate and inspire, to create a connection to our past, and to learn about the cultural traditions of Mexico.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    Suite at Green Park Hotel; loft at Rodavento; standard king or family room at Zócalo Central
  • Airport transfers
    Day 1 and Day 7
  • Private transportation
    Days 2-6
  • Trip Leader
    Ruben Encalada - Lead Guide for Mexico
  • Trip Host
    Yvonne Garcia Bardwell - Associate Director of Community Relations at Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals
    6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Folk art workshop
    Hands-on artisan workshop with renowned artists Ruben Mica and Oscar Becerra
  • Ejido guides
    At monarch butterfly sanctuaries
  • Horseback rentals
    At monarch butterfly sanctuaries
  • Gratuities
    For trip leader, ejido guides, and included meals
  • Travel insurance
    Basic $0 trip cost policy; upgraded policy with pre-departure cancellation and trip interruption benefits can be added at pro-rated cost
  • Flights
  • Passport fees
  • Meals not listed
    3 dinners
  • Hotel gratuities
  • Optional activities
  • Taxis
  • Personal expenses

Available Packages

Price: $3475/person, double occupancy
Available until November 15, 202210 left

This price is per person based on two people sharing a room.

Deposit: $750

Available options



Day 1
Arrival to Mexico City

Upon arrival to Mexico City, we’ll be met for our transfer to Green Park Hotel, our home for the next three nights. Green Park is located across the street from Chapultepec Forest, the largest urban park in Latin America. For those arriving by early afternoon, an optional tour of Chapultepec Castle is available.

Accommodations: Green Park Hotel

Meals: None

Estimated Drive Time Today: 30-45 mins from airport to hotel depending on traffic.

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