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A Visit from Deafinitely Wanderlust

Here at Cajun Encounters, we have the honor of welcoming guests from across the globe on our tours.

From providing private New Orleans City Cemetery Tours for two honeymooners in town, to greeting groups of over a hundred students at the Honey Island Swamp, to providing pick up service throughout the French Quarter on our Plantation Tour, we’re overwhelmed by the privilege of sharing our culture with visitors to New Orleans.

With this privilege comes the responsibility to give an authentic view of our ways of life, to ensure safe, streamlined travel, and most of all, for our guests to learn and have FUN!

One of the neatest things about giving tours is that while guests get to learn about us, we have the chance to learn about them, as well. While it’s true that we know a good deal about some of our tour guests beforehand, most of the people we meet each day, we get to know on or in the days leading up to the tour.

Recently, we learned that it had been a bit cumbersome for our friends at Deafinitely Wanderlust to explore the swamp. We didn’t know it at the time, but Lilo and Stacey, the writers of Deafinitely Wanderlust, a travel inspiration blog for both Deaf and Hearing communities, had been searching for a bit to line up a tour with an interpreter on board for the excursion.

When Raven, our Groups Coordinator, heard from Lilo and Stacey, she jumped to help them!

 

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Courtesy of deafinitelywanderlust.com.

 

As noted in their blog,

Upon arrival, we met Raven who worked hard to look for an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, named Andrea. We gushed how awe we were in, asking “why is it that you [Cajun Encounters]  decide  to provide an interpreter, comparing to several other swamp tour companies who doesn’t provide?” 

“There’s no reason why you should not come and enjoy touring the swamp.”

She said. BAM, our heart, seriously. We were completely touched with that answer, blushed even.

And we enjoyed having them on tour with us and it looks like they had a great time out on the water.

To read all about their experience, just check out their post here: Deafinitely Wanderlust Visits Cajun Encounters!

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Courtesy of deafinitelywanderlust.com.

To  reserve a seat for our next venture out through the Honey Island Swamp, New Orleans City & Cemeteries, or Plantations, book online for instant discounts!

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Courtesy of deafinitelywanderlust.com.

A Visit From “Hey USA”

If you’re not yet familiar with Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart, we are proud to make the introduction. These gals are real life besties, social media super stars, and a ton of fun to be around.

We can vouch for this personally, because they just came out to see us!

The premise was simple: Kidnap their biggest fan. Take him to the Honey Island Swamp. Then surprise him with a Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour. Capture everything on camera for the show Hey USA and post everything online!

We have to say, we had a blast. It was an honor to show everyone around and have them see what we do each day.

The video seems to be a hit too! It has thousands of views and hundreds of comments on Youtube within just a day of posting. It’s pretty entertaining, so we can certainly see why.

Check out the spot below and see for yourself.

For spots on your own Honey Island Swamp Tour, get instant online discounts here.

Swamp Tour Lands Cover of “Small Market Meetings”

A few weeks ago, we were honored to have the folks from the highly regarded tourism industry publication, “Small Market Meetings,” come out to see us.

We took pride in showing them the beautiful Honey Island Swamp, introducing them to the colossal alligator known as “Big Al,” and talking shop about just what our small, 22 passenger boats can do. After all, we do have quite a few of those swamp boats in our fleet, so what better way to have a fun, unique excursion for groups in town?

Check out the article below and see what it’s all about. When you’re done, make sure to make a swamp tour reservation for yourself!

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Cajun Encounters in the News: GROUP TOUR MAGAZINE

We are proud to report that Group Tour Magazine has highlighted Cajun Encounters tours in their recent article, “Gator group tours in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp”.

Check out the sweet things they had to say about our Swamp Tours, New Orleans City Cemetery Tours, Plantation Tours, and the Honey Island Swamp:

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World, Meet “Cochon.”

Thanks to everyone who submitted name suggestions for our adopted baby boar.

We’ve been overwhelmed, (in a good way), by the amount of feedback received through our Facebook page, email and Twitter accounts. It’s been a wild ride!

As you’ll recall, we adopted our little piglet a few weeks ago when he wondered away from his mother. Since then, we’ve built a very large pig pen out back for him, complete with his own “house,” running room, treats, and belly rubs throughout the day. He’s certainly been a hog for attention!!

The only thing needed to truly welcome this guy was a name of his own; and you all came to the rescue!

Some of the top names sent in were “Wilber,” “Porkchop,” “Cutie Pie,” and “Nola.” We had a team meeting and selected the top two for a run-off:

Nujac” (The word “Cajun” spelled backwards.)

Cochon” (Cajun French for “pig.”) and

In the end, Cajun French won out, for a memorable, fitting title. There were a few variations, but the one word name, “Cochon,” won out over its counterparts.

Pronounced “kosh-on,” the moniker was suggested by two of our Facebook fans. Each will be contacted shortly to receive their thank you gift of a FREE tour for two!!

Stay tuned for more pictures, news, and holiday fun from the team here at Cajun Encounters. Make sure to pay a visit, and meet our handsome new family member in his new home!

Help Us Name Our Newest Family Member

Readers, we’re calling on YOU help to welcome the newest member of the Cajun Encounters family.

This little guy paid us a visit yesterday, along with his brother, after wondering away from “mama hog”.  His sibling scampered away, but fortunately we were able to help “Potter” (as we like to call him now) get food and shelter.

A tummy full of food was all it took to find his heart. Full of puppy love, he now follows you around, let’s you pet him, flips on his Cajun Encounters Swamp Toursback to let you RUB HIS BELLY, and has the cutest little pig grunts. This is after one day, you guys!

With this sudden adoption comes responsibility, of course. At the moment, we are making a HUGE pen for him in the back of the camp, constructing a “house” made of wood for him, and are finding ourselves spending more and more time in the back yard. How amazing are our lunch breaks going to be now?!

Perhaps after a while, you will be able to pay a visit to him after taking a Honey Island Swamp Tour with us, but first things first – he needs a name!!!

We need your help.

From now until next Wednesday, October 26th, we will be taking suggestions for the absolute BEST moniker this little (soon big) guy could ever have. We’ll even reward the lucky winner with a free New Orleans City Tour, an Oak Alley/Laura Plantation Tour, or a Honey Island Swamp Tour for 2.

We would prefer suggestions be sent via the Cajun Encounters Facebook Page, but feel free to send ideas through Twitter or email.

Stay tuned for much more about “Potter” in the days, weeks, and years coming. You will be able to virtually see him grow into a handsome, big, tusked boar along with us!!

Doing Our Part

Cajun Encounters RecyclesWith Earth Day right around the corner, (April 22nd y’all!), we thought we’d take a second to remind everyone to stop, take a breath, and be mindful of their surroundings.

New Orleans, the Honey Island Swamp, Plantation Alley, and all of Louisiana has some of the most beautiful, memorable scenery you’ve ever laid eyes on.  If you have yet to visit, trust us on this one!

Down here, that savory backdrop is a part of life, a necessary component next to crawfish boils, red beans & rice, white “shrimp boots,” 4×4’s, and of course, some jazz or good brass band music.

And while the team here at Cajun Encounters loves to invite people into our world, we do that with a huge responsibility to the environment. It is with this in mind that we’ve implemented our recycling program, a complimentary service that allows our guests to know that they travel with a lesser “foot print.” Just take a look at one of our new recycling receptacles in the picture at right!!

So if you are coming to town in the near or far off future, welcome! Make sure to see, hear and smell as much as you can during your visit.  And remember, there are many ways to give back, be it at home or during a vacation, so perhaps start off small – like putting down your soda can in a bin as opposed to just throwing it out. Every little bit makes a difference!