Magical Oaxaca with Denver Botanic Gardens

      22 reviews
      Dec 4 - 11, 2023
      Group size: 7 - 10
      Magical Oaxaca with Denver Botanic Gardens

      22 reviews

      Dec 4 - 11, 2023
      Group size: 7 - 10

      About this trip

      Oaxaca’s rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant traditions make it a magical destination sure to capture the hearts of visitors. This immersive 8-day trip led by expert local guides and your dynamic host from Denver Botanic Gardens highlights what makes Oaxaca so special at a time of year when you can enjoy each place without crowds. Join us in Magical Oaxaca!  Collaboration trip with Denver Botanic Gardens hosted by Yvonne Garcia Bardwell, Associate Director of Community Relations.

      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
        Double occupancy - 2 people sharing a room.
      • Airport transfers
        Day 1 and 8
      • Private transportation
        Days 3-7
      • Trip Leader
      • DBG Host
      • Cooking class
      • Alebrije workshop
      • Entrance fees
        For listed activities
      • Listed Meals
        7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
      • Basic trip insurance
        This policy does not include trip cancellation or trip interruption benefits. An upgraded policy is available at a pro-rated cost.
      • Gratuities
        For your trip leader, drivers, and at restaurant for included meals.
      • Flights
      • Passport or visa fees
      • Meals not listed.
        1 lunch and 5 dinners
      • Hotel gratuities
        Optional gratuities for housekeeping and hotel staff.
      • Optional activities
      • Taxis
      • Personal expenses

      Available Packages

      Trip Price
      Available until October 20, 2023
      Deposit: $1,500

      Available options


      Day 1 - Mon, Dec 4
      Arrival/ Oaxaca City

      Arrival to Oaxaca Xoxocotlan International Airport (OAX) and transfer to hotel.

      Accommodations: City Centro Oaxaca

      Meals: None

      Estimated Drive Time Today: OAX Airport to Hotel - approximately 30 mins.

      Your Organizer

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      This was a wonderful trip. The sights were incredible, the animals amazing, the guiding outstanding and the company congenial and fun. Our accommodations were all quite nice with enchanting scenery. We appreciated staying 2 nights in each place and not having to move every day. Sheridan and Pam were a great team and made sure everyone was comfortable and accommodated in every way. We came away with great memories of a great adventure. It was more than we had hoped for!
      By Patty J for Wildlife Wonders of Vancouver Island - Bears, Birds, and Whales on Aug 27, 2023
      Thank you for the kind words, Patty! It was an absolute pleasure traveling with you and Jeff as we explored North Vancouver Island.
      By Reefs to Rockies on Aug 28, 2023
      I really enjoyed this trip! Our guide, Chip, was just fantastic. He made sure we were all comfortable and taken care of during our days together. He was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and flora in the areas we visited. We covered a lot of area in a short time and saw so many birds, other animals and flowers it was hard to keep track of it all. But of course Chip kept up with all the sightings and shared his lists on eBird with us. With a small group, that all got along well, this was a fun and informative trip!
      By Kara C for North Park Wildlife Weekend on Aug 15, 2023
      I had a very nice time. Chip was an excellent leader and helped rescue an injured juvenile Swainson’s Hawk. The entire group agreed on the trip out to the rehabilitation. Everyone was very helpful to those of us with some walking difficulties. Lots of great birds and three moose.
      By JoAnn H for North Park Wildlife Weekend on Aug 08, 2023
      We explored some birding areas I was unfamiliar with, even being a native of Colorado. We covered so many diverse habitats and it was interesting to go from arid pinon, to vast ponderosa forests to high alpine tundra, all in a few hours. Our guide was able to find several "life" birds for a few of us! Thoroughly enjoyed birding from the comfort of the Roaming Bison with the top popped. This is fun and one of a kind! Accommodations were comfortable and scenery spectacular. I particularly loved Eleven Mile Canyon and sundowners overlooking Buena Vista with my travel companions. This trip proves you don't have to travel too far from home to have a birding adventure!
      By Melanie P for Colorado Birding Series: Piñon Pine-Juniper Woodlands to Alpine Tundra on Jul 19, 2023
      Thank you for the kind words, Melanie! We're thrilled you enjoyed your time exploring our home state.
      By Reefs to Rockies on Jul 19, 2023
      The trip was even better than I expected. I was interested in finding new places to bird and definitely found them. 11 Mile Canyon was spectacular and being able to raise the roof of the van and have a 360 degree view was great. Seeing the owls and watching them being banded and learning more from Brian Linkhart was very interesting. Chip is great at locating birds and making sure everyone sees or hears them - or at least as much as possible since sometimes the bird flies before everyone can see it. He's not about just I.D'ing the bird - he know about habitat, behavior, migration, etc - and shares it so it's an educational experience not just a bird-counting experience. He's also very thoughtful and wants to make sure everyone is doing well.
      By Cynthia K for Colorado Birding Series: Piñon Pine-Juniper Woodlands to Alpine Tundra on Jul 15, 2023
      Thank you for your kind words, Cindy!
      By Reefs to Rockies on Jul 15, 2023
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