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New Orleans Swamp Tour

While in New Orleans for Lauren’s Bachelorette Party, we decided to escape the city for a little bit of nature.

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And by nature… I mean alligators!

We were doing a swamp tour with Cajun Encounters!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We headed down to the dock for the adventure.

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And boarded one of Cajun Encounters’ boats. I was so relieved to see that they were covered, since I had been nervous about sitting in the hot sun for two hours!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then we were off!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I’d done a Cajun Encounters’ swamp tour my first time in New Orleans, but it was in February and it was nowhere near as good. The trees had no leaves and looked dead and, because apparently they have better things to do in the winter, we didn’t see a single alligator.

So in my opinion it’s not even worth doing a swamp tour in the winter.

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

In the summer, however, the swamp tour is amazing!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And we saw so many alligators! I lost track of how many we saw at around 17!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It’s amazing how close they get to the boats. It may have something to do with the captains’ willingness to feed them their favorite food, hotdogs!

Who knew I had something in common with alligators?!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As we cruised along, we saw a little slice of Louisiana.

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Like houses built on stilts.

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And Jenny!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We also got to see some marshes too.

Wondering what the difference is between the two? Marshes are fields covered with water, and swamps are forests covered with water.

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

More alligators!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then we headed into the heart of the swamp to try to track down another fun animal.

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Nope, not that animal!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

But this one!

Can you see it?

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

How about now?

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Yep, there are wild boars in the swamp too!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Fun fact: Adult boars eat baby alligators. Adult alligators eat baby boars. So it pays to be an adult in the swamp!

Much too soon we had to head back.

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Where we docked and were able to proudly claim that we survived the swamp tour!

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

To find out more information on Cajun Encounters’ swamp tours, click here.

See ya later, alligator!

~A

For all of my New Orleans travel posts, click here.

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