Cajun Country Adventures in Louisiana

Up Close with the Incredible Nature and Culture of Acadiana

Our locally crafted all-inclusive tours are the most authentic Cajun experiences on the market. Stay in Lafayette’s most cozy and historic B&B, or in the country by a private pond in Breaux Bridge. Join us for our Cajun Country Adventure and explore the swamp at Lake Martin Wildlife Refuge, take a Cajun Cooking Lesson, bust a move at a local zydeco dancehall and visit the Historic Whitney plantation. Join us for the Ultimate Cajun Country package and you will also get to kayak on Bayou Teche, tour the Tabasco factory and their gardens, have an insider’s visit to a local music studio, explore an organic farm and have a private seafood boil at your B&B! Our attention to personalized service is what sets us apart from the competition. Our code of environmental and business ethics guarantees that we treat the ecosystem right and put your money back into the LA economy through small local businesses.

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Cajun Country Tour
  • Pickup, Dropoff and Transportation Between All Activities
  • Guided Swamp Boat Tour in Lake Martin Wildlife Refuge
  • Guided Walking Tour of Whitney Plantation
  • Cajun Cooking Class or Seafood Boil with Private Chef at the B&B
  • Southern Cocktails or Local Beers Served with Dinner
  • Accomodations at Lafayette’s Coziest B&B (Lakeside Lodge Available +$50 per room)
  • All Your Delicious Meals
  • Local Trip Leader Provides all your Transportation Beginning and Ending in New Orleans
Ultimate Cajun Country Adventure
  • Pickup, Dropoff and Transportation Between All Activities
  • Guided Swamp Boat Tour in Lake Martin Wildlife Refuge
  • Guided Walking Tour of Whitney Plantation
  • Cajun Music Workshop or Zydeco Music Studio Tour
  • Cajun Cooking Class with Private Chef at the B&B
  • Seafood Boil with Private Chef at the B&B
  • Guided Kayak Tour on Bayou Teche (or Downtown/University Walk)
  • Tour of Local Organic Pecan Farm & Animals
  • Tickets for Avery Island Tabasco Factory and Jungle Gardens
  • Accomodations at Lafayette’s Coziest B&B (Lakeside Lodge Available +$50 per room per night)
  • All Your Delicious Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
  • Southern Cocktails or Local Beers Served with Dinners
  • Local Trip Leader Provides all your Transportation Beginning and Ending in New Orleans
Cajun Country Accommodations
Most tours stay at T Frere’s House, a beautiful colonial farmstead built in 1880. Some say it’s occasionally visited by a friendly ghost named Amelie, ask the innkeeper for the story. Unwind in their luxurious rooms, read a book or shoot hoops in the courtyard, and sip a cocktail in their elegant sunroom.

If you prefer to be by the water we also offer accommodations at Country Charm Cabins, a small property in Breaux Bridge located on a private pond. Recline under the massive Live Oak tree and cast a line out for catfish, or take a sunset paddle in the canoe. The fire pit is a perfect place to relax and roast some marshmallows. The serenity of this location cannot be beat!

Lawrence D – November 2016“This was a truly memorable and eye-opening trip to a part of the country we’ve never seen before. We explored nature with a guided swamp boat ride and a guided kayak tour… We explored the culture with our visit to a Cajun accordion maker, along with a Jambalaya cooking lesson and a shrimp boil… They were professional, entertaining and informative. A truly wonderful experience.”
—Lawrence D – November 2016
Daniel S“Jake was extremely professional and courteous from the beginning to the end of the tour. He met us at our front door with a handshake and a smile. He was there to answer all of our questions and if he didn’t know an answer he directed us into the right direction to find that answer. The Whitney plantation tour was breathtaking and it had a plethora of US history to be learned. The restaurant Jake took us to was great. I tried rabbit gumbo for the first time ever.”
—Daniel S – November 2016
Jacqueline S – January 2017“Even the choice for lunch was fantastic! The knowledge and professionalism outshines anything my 55 years ever encountered.”
—Jacqueline S – January 2017
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  • The mission of these tours is to promote education and conservation, not only of the local ecosystems but of the culture and traditions that make Southern Louisiana unique. We accomplish this through our day to day ethical practices, our small group learning sessions and our partnerships with independent loca operators, people who are naturalists and cultural guardians whose values match our aim to help preserve and protect.
  • Apart from our commitment to not feeding wildlife, we help to protect the ecosystem in various other ways. We provide reusable metal water bottles and local fruit to help minimize food and drink waste. Our employees participate in local waterway cleanup efforts, and we direct guests who are interested to further reading on Louisiana’s environmental challenges and to organizations where they can donate or become involved. We also offer kayak swamp tours when possible in order to avoid water, air and noise pollution and to minimize disturbance of wildlife.
  • We work with 2 different kayak companies run by people born and raised paddling these waterways. These guides have depths of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and they understand the extreme threat that this ecosystem is under and educate folks on that in every tour. The best thing we can do to help these swamps and bayous is to spread the knowledge that they desperately need our protection. Our guides actively encourage direct and indirect participation in that process, and constantly clean garbage from the waterways when they are out on tours.
  • On most tours we bring guests to Whitney Plantation, originally founded in 1752 and renovated in 2014 to be the only museum and memorial to the African slave trade in the country. The tours at Whitney provide a deep understanding of how the slave trade came about, what life on slave plantations was like and the stories of individuals who experienced it. The guides promote education as a means to create unity and intercultural understanding, and encourage guests to learn more and participate in efforts to protect civil liberties. We feel it is an important experience for anyone visiting the Deep South.
  • On our Cajun Country tours we take guests to an organic farm that grows pecans and raises chickens and sheep, to learn about how they run their business in a sustainable way while keeping up with the demands of the modern market. We also provide a private Cajun cooking lesson using local organic ingredients. Our learning sessions on this tour also include one with a legendary Zydeco musician and cultural guardian, and another with a master naturalist who guides us through the beautiful Lake Martin Wildlife Refuge.

Prices (per person)

Cajun Country Tour – $599/pp (single supplement $100)

Ultimate Cajun Country Adventure – $1,499/pp (single supplement $300)

**Two guest minimum

10 Foot Alligator
10 Foot Alligator
Fried Catfish and Gumbo
Fried Catfish and Gumbo
Barred Owl
Barred Owl
Home Cooking at our Bed & Breakfast
Home Cooking at our Bed & Breakfast
Kayak with naturalist guides
Kayak with naturalist guides
Learn about the Cajun Accordion
Learn about the Cajun Accordion
Learn How to Make Shrimp Etouffee
Learn How to Make Shrimp Etouffee

Gallery From The Cajun Country Adventures

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The Friendly Chef at B&C Seafood
The Friendly Chef at B&C Seafood
Roseate Spoonbills migrate to Lake Martin
Roseate Spoonbills migrate to Lake Martin
Beautiful Cypress Trees
Beautiful Cypress Trees
Slave Cabin at Whitney Plantation
Slave Cabin at Whitney Plantation
Avery Island
Avery Island
Brunch in the Sun Room
Brunch in the Sun Room
Bust a move to Zydeco
Bust a move to Zydeco
Chef David Abshire
Chef David Abshire
Cypress Knees
Cypress Knees
Live Oaks & Historic Mansion
Live Oaks & Historic Mansion
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Lake Martin swamp tours
Lake Martin swamp tours
More cute owls
More cute owls
Learn How to Make Shrimp Etouffee
Learn How to Make Shrimp Etouffee
Complimentary Southern Cocktail or Local Beer
Complimentary Southern Cocktail or Local Beer
Mardi Gras Indian
Mardi Gras Indian
Gator at Lake Martin
Gator at Lake Martin

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Louisiana Travel FAQ

We focus on making our tours as authentically local and educational as possible. We will cover the history and ecology of Louisiana as well as the issues the state has dealt with in the past and the challenges it faces today. The trips have full itineraries that include a light amount of outdoor activity. This includes the 2 hour walking tour of Whitney Plantation (both tours) and 2 hours of kayaking in Bayou Teche (only the 4 day tour). Give us a call and we would be happy to replace kayaking or accommodate you with a golf cart at Whitney Plantation. Our drivers provide you with door to door service and will set you up at all your activities. We can always adjust our itinerary to fit your needs.
We believe the best times to come here are in the Spring and the Fall. The weather here is perfect and there is a lot going on. These times are more popular so you can also get great deals in the off season. Winter rarely gets below 50 degrees so it is mild by most standards, but summertime can be quite hot. We go out in all temperatures and have a great time, but if you are sensitive to humidity and sun maybe it is best to avoid May through August. We recommend checking the calendar for festivals and special events; that can often impact your travel experience and the prices you pay for hotels in New Orleans.
In the Winter we recommend light pants and a warm top layer. In Summer we recommend shorts and quick dry fabrics. We always recommend sneakers, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Also bring a light rain jacket in case of storms, which typically pass very quickly. Don’t forget a camera and some cash for food, tips and souvenirs during the trip! And bring a big appetite because the food here is amazing!
Alligators are not aggressive and they stay away from humans. The only tours where you are guaranteed to see alligators that approach the boat are tours where they are feeding the animals. We only use guides who do not feed wildlife and help to conserve the ecosystem. Our guide on Lake Martin actually uses a hookless lure to get creatures close to the boat for the perfect shot! At the lake there are always plenty of alligators, but when the weather drops to the 50’s or below they spend more time underwater which makes them harder to spot. If there are a few days of warm weather in a row they will be out. Even if we are out on a day with no gators, there are rare and beautiful birds, turtles, giant cypress trees and wild lotus lily pads that make the swamp tour an unforgettable experience!

Our Amazing Tour Guides


Chef David Abshire

Founder & President of Gondwana Ecotours, Jared Sternberg, is passionate about helping the historically underrepresented peoples and their environments.
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Captain Shawn Guchereau

Grew up on Lake Martin learning about the plants and animals that live in this incredible swamp. He knows everything there is to know about the ecosystem and is an expert at helping you nail the perfect photo.
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Jake Kelston

Has an extensive background in management, hospitality and international travel. After joining the team at Gondwana, Jake helped Jared to conceptualize, scout and build the Louisiana Ecotours. Jake’s knowledge of LA’s local ecology, history and culture make him a fantastic guide and source of information about activities in New Orleans and Cajun Country. He is a musician and a chef at heart, and if you ask him for local food recommendations he just might talk your ear off.
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Jared Sternberg

Has been in New Orleans since 2010. After operating tours around the world and growing the company for 4 years, he decided the time was right to start offering tours here in Louisiana. Jared has a depth of knowledge about wildlife, environmental protection and travel photography. He loves to help travelers connect with local people and organizations. Jared’s unique trip building, environmental stewardship, and commitment to ethics are what set Gondwana apart from other tour companies.
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In addition to these multi-day excursions we offer day trips in the New Orleans area. Paddle scenic local swamps with our naturalist guides. Tour a historic sugar plantation and learn what life was like back in the 1700’s. Explore the famous Treme neighborhood and learn about the history of Creole culture and Jazz music. We specialize in small groups and customizable itineraries. Our focus on nature and culture provides a unique tour experience, and we are committed to minimizing our environmental impact and preserving the communities that make this area so special.

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