Wildlife and Culture of Louisiana's Cajun Country
Discover the heart of Cajun Country as you ride a pontoon boat through wetlands, see alligators and unique birds, savor local cuisine and learn the Two-Step and Cajun Waltz.
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Program No. 8276RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Led by local experts, venture into some of Louisiana’s refuges, reserves and sanctuaries to observe magnificent birds and wildlife in their natural habitat and gain a fuller understanding of human impacts on this pristine wilderness. For “lagniappe” (lan-yap: a little something extra), learn about Cajun history and heritage, culture and traditions, and enjoy music and dancing.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking and standing for an hour and a half on a field trip to a folk life village. Walking up to a mile on uneven terrain at Lake Martin. Ability to maneuver into and out of a small boat. At Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, participants must be able to walk from venue to venue on uneven, grassy terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Lake Martin (on foot and by boat), home to egrets, herons and alligators!
  • Ride a pontoon boat into the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp — the largest river basin swamp in America — for a close-up look at native wildlife.
  • Trace the journey from Acadians to Cajuns, learn the Cajun Waltz and Two-Step and go dancing at a popular local dance hall/restaurant.
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David Greely
David Greely, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is a Cajun fiddler, singer, songwriter, and amateur historian known for his skill at bringing out the hidden gems of Cajun repertoire — and for telling a great story. He performed for decades in rural Cajun dance halls as well as the international folk scene as a founding member of the legendary Mamou Playboys, garnering four Grammy nominations. David has now struck out on his own, making hearts dance with small acoustic ensembles.
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Stacey Scarce
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