Featured Trips

Past Trips

Southeast Colorado Wildlife Weekend
Southeast Colorado Wildlife Weekend
La Junta, CO 81050, USA
23 Sep, 2022
Birds and Butterflies of Central Mexico
Birds and Butterflies of Central Mexico
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
07 Jan, 2023
Magical Mexico with Denver Botanic Gardens
Magical Mexico with Denver Botanic Gardens
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
15 Jan, 2023

Reviews

Wow, what an experience! We learned about the history of the Carolinas from historical, botanical and culinary perspectives. The botanists were great, our small group blended well, and we have a lot of fond memories. We had never kayaked before so that part of the trip was an unknown, but the trip went well and the scenery and experience was amazing. We would highly recommend this trip to others looking for a unique outing.
By Kathy S for Coastal Carolinas' Savage Gardens and Botanical Hotspots on Jun 07, 2024
Marcos and Frank were the most amazing guides imaginable. Their deep knowledge and enthusiasm were a huge part of the experience. The trip itself involved a couple dozen middle schoolers and had some highs and lows. High points: seeing two sloths on a night hike through the jungle, spending time at the ecolodge Finca Siempre Verde, and the boat tour of Rio Tarcoles. Low points: getting super seasick on a "snorkeling tour" to Cano island (quotations because what little snorkeling we managed in between vomits was uninspiring) and having to pack up and move every day but one. We spent so much time packing, herding kids onto buses, and driving around, that it was hard to ever relax and enjoy the surroundings.
By Jason W for Costa Rica: Rainforest and Coastal Wildlife Hotspots on Jun 02, 2024
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We had such an outstanding trip! I know I am echoing all of the voices from our part of six when I say that it could not have gone any better. The three guides we had were all excellent. They knew their subject matter and they conveyed it professionally. However, José Ugalde Ajú is a keeper! Having been a tour guide myself for five years when I was young (The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA), I can say with confidence that you will find no better guide. It was a pleasure being with him. His English is so good that he laughed along with our (very) lame jokes, treated every person with whom he interacted (native English speakers and non-native English speakers) with great care, and always had an eye out for making sure that we were both learning and enjoying ourselves. He went above and beyond: ensuring one of us had ice for her medicine, taking care that another of our party was not allergic to (and survived!) the scorpion bites, gauging terrain difficulty for those of us using walking sticks, and answering all questions (sometimes three and four times and in two languages) with grace and honesty--indicating when he was unsure or did not know. José was more than a guide; our relationship with him was not simply transactional, but rather one based on a foundation he built of respect, interest, and friendship. The itinerary that Sheridan Samano at Reef to Rockies designed was delightful. It was an extraordinary mix of learning, experiencing, and enjoyment. the leader of our group of six asked all of us which activity we enjoyed the most. I was struck by the question because I could not come up with just one answer. How do you pick between visiting the Maleku community (an anthropologist's dream) and experiencing Arenal on a clear day? Can you easily differentiate between the lunch we had in Cinchona with birds (repeatedly) zooming by us as we ate, or cooking our lunch over an open fire under the watchful eye of Chela? Waterfalls, craters, artesanías, one-day orchids, puentes colgantes, along with friendship cemented this trip as one of my best ever! Thank you and your colleagues for making our eco-tourism experience so memorable.
By Elizabeth B for Costa Rica Explorer on May 02, 2024