This article was published on October 18th, 2015
The swamps and bayous of Louisiana are shrouded in mysteries and legends. For century’s pirates, robbers, murderers, and moonshiners have taken refuge in the swampland as they ran and hid from the law. Today, visitors to New Orleans flock to these same swamps to for an incredible experience to get up close and personal with wildlife and to hear the stories of days gone by.
Honey Island Swap, on the eastern part of St. Tammany parish, about a 35-minute drive from downtown New Orleans. It’s considered to be the most pristine swampland in the United States and is a protected wildlife area.
The ultimate way to get up close to see, smell, and hear the slews are on an authentic, professionally guided swamp tour. Cajun Encounters offers tours with expert local guides who know the mazes of the swamps because they have lived in the area their entire life. There are both 22 passenger covered boats and 10 passenger airboats that navigate the narrow alleyways and skim across the shallow waters.
The expert guides give an intimate, safe, hands-on tour, pointing out wildlife, flora, and fauna found in the swamps including alligators, bald eagles, raccoons, owls, wild boars, snakes, turtles, and black bears. The knowledgeable guides do an amazing job at taking guests to specific locations to see alligators up-close. You may even get a chance to see an ivory-billed woodpecker, which was thought to be extinct, or even the illusive swamp monster, which has yet to be proven.
Cajun Encounters offers shuttle service pick-up at your hotel. The round-trip tour takes 3-4 hours and operates rain or shine. Make a swamp tour part of your complete New Orleans experience. You’ll love it!