The OCA sponsors Orchids in the Wild® trips to show orchids in their native habitats, show the need for conservation, and to raise money for our conservation projects. Our trips are never more than 15 people, are hosted by local orchid knowledgeable guides, and are accompanied by an OCA director. Many of the past trips are detailed in our newsletters.
To reserve a spot on any of our trips please send a check for $500 per traveler made out to the Orchid Conservation Alliance to us at OCA, 564 Arden Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. Payments may also be made through PayPal, but inasmuch as they charge us 3% for servicing, please add that to your payment; simply use the DONATE button on our Support US page. Payments, especially international payments, can also be made by wire transfer; please contact us for transfer details. Your $500 deposit holds your place on a trip. Full payment for the trips are due three months before the trip begins – Greece, January 10; Amazon Art, March 6; Amazon Photo, March 17; Ecuador, August 13. Deposits and payments are refundable if we can fill your spot on the trip with another traveler. Any trip may be canceled, with full refunds made, before full payment due dates if the required minimum number of registrants has not been met.
2017 Upcoming Trips
Greece and Crete: 15 Days
April 10 — 24
Travelers will gather for this trip in Chania on the island of Crete, where we will spend the first two sections of the trip. We will then fly to Athens where we will spend some time with Grecian antiquities as well as mainland orchids and have some free time for shopping. The trip will be guided by Greek orchid specialists. The trip will end in Athens. The price for this trip is $3965 per person, single or double occupancy. For further details, please click Greece and Crete.
Amazon Botanical Art and Illustration: 10 Days
June 6 — 15
Travelers will gather in Manaus on June 6 to board the M.V. Otter, our home on the river for ten days. As well as many trips into the flooded forest of the Rio Negro, the trip features instruction in botanical illustration by Dulce Nascimento, noted Brazilian botanical illustrator. Single occupany $3000, double occupancy $2200 per person. For further details please click Amazon Botanical Art and also see the newsletter about our trip in 2015.
Amazon Orchid Photography: 10 Days
June 17 — 26
Travelers will gather in Manaus on June 17 to board the M.V. Otter, our home on the river for ten days. As well as many trips into the flooded forest of the Rio Negro, the trip features instruction in photography by Carlos Richardson, retired Professor of Photography at Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA. Single occupancy $3000, double occupancy $2200 per person. For further details please click Amazon Orchid Photography and also see the newsletter about our trip in 2015.
Ecuador after the World Orchid Conference: 16 Days
November 13 — 28
Travelers will gather in Guayaquil on November 13 after the World Orchid Conference. The trip will first go south to Vilcabamba and then north all the way to Tulcan very near the border with Colombia to see a huge variety of Ecuadoran orchids. The trip will be led by Gilberto Merino, who has more than twenty years of experience as a guide and nurseryman. We will also visit two nurseries where orchids for delivery in the US may be purchased. This trip will end in Quito. Single occupancy $3960, double occupancy $3400 per person. For further details please see the trip prospectus.
Orchids in the Wild® — Trips from the Past
Spring 2016 — Orchids of France
A fantastic trip led by Nancy Benay.
Ophrys Bertolonii Red Lip
Summer 2015 — Botanical Illustration on the Brazilian Amazon
Brazilian botanical artist Dulce Nascimento and American print artist
and illustrator Kathi McCord led us on a ten day trip aboard the Amazon
Galeandra devonianum 4 Brazil 2015.JPG
Maxillaria sp 2 Brazil 2015
Prosthecea vespa cf
The Brazil 2015 Orchids in the Wild® Group
Spring 2015 — Orchids of Thailand
Peter Williams of Mae Tang Tours led the OCA group through
temples, markets, orchid farms, wildlife sanctuaries, and mountain
excursions for 15 amazing days.