8276
Louisiana
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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 8276RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
849
Getting There
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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
Moderate
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. Uneven terrain on the approach to the egret rookery at Jungle Gardens.
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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Diana Monteleone
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