Cajun Encounters Featured on “1st Look” with Audrina Patridge!!

Nothing beats the beauty of the Honey Island Swamp. We love working here, and having the opportunity to see so many smiling faces on our swamp tours.

Last week, one of those faces included The Hills alum Audrina Patridge . She and her team came out to visit while filming a new travel show for NBC called 1st Look.

1st Look is a travel show, so it makes sense why they came out to see us. You can’t visit New Orleans without seeing the Crescent City’s surrounding swamp! So much of our famous culture started right here.

We’ll be on the look out for the episode, and will post the footage right here on our blog. Be sure to check back soon to see it too. Better yet, set your DVR for 1st Look on NBC!!Honey Island Swamp Tour

Saying “Goodbye” to Summer

It’s hard to tell now, but the Crescent City is gearing up for Autumn.

Within weeks, the warm weather will start to feel breezy, the Honey Island Swamp will see migratory birds, the sun will set sooner, and tank tops will be replaced by (at least) long sleeved shirts.

What does this mean? Fun and excitement, of course!!

Whether you live here, or are in town for the Voodoo Music Experience, for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas in New Orleans, there won’t be a shortage of things to do.

The Cajun Encounters team has been hard at work to prepare, too, ordering festive things for the gift shop, preparing inventory, and drilling down some extra fun things to suggest to our guests while they are in town.

How about you? What do you plan to do when the weather changes? Whatever it may be, remember that Cajun Encounters is here to help with your transportation, group tours, and dining!

Cajun Encounters Gator Cake!!

Hey guys,

Check out this cute gator cake made by one of the Cajun Encounters’ team. How cute would this be for a birthday party?

And this cake isn’t the only thing we’ve got cookin’ up!

We’re hard at work perfecting our New Orleans city/cemetery tours, expanding on our plantation tours, and finding new ways to make our swamp tours the best around. We’re even working on tours in different languages!!

How’s that for team spirit? So if you are even thinking of booking a tour, having a birthday party, or just giving us a call, reach out to Cajun Encounters now while there’s still space available!

Introducing “Pepe”: The Give Hope Disaster Relief Trip Student Group Mascot

We were given the honor last month of having a repeat visit by our friends at Northwest High School.

These students, hailing all the way from Michigan, were part of a Disaster Relief trip group called “Give Hope.” The group travels to New Orleans to help with hurricane relief.

(A big thank you to you guys, as well as to everyone who takes time out of their schedule to volunteer!)

And with that, we would like to introduce you all to “Pepe,” the groups’ unofficial mascot for the trip.

How fun, right?!

The kids purchased these little guys from the gift shop, and gave them their own dress.

So different! Thanks to NW High for sending these over, for the volunteerism, and of course, for the visit.

To our readers, do you have a neat travel buddy that you’d like to have featured on the blog? Send us some pics, and maybe we can feature you next!!

Catch Us On Facebook & Twitter!

We’re Cajun and we’re web savvy!!

Catch up with us, and let us catch up with you through our Facebook page. The page has taken on a life of its own, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

We’re also on Twitter, where we’ve been known to offer an exclusive deal here or there.

Follow us and see for yourself. …..or just use it to stay plugged into South Louisiana, where there’s always a new adventure to be had!

We’re Getting Excited for Jazz Fest

Well, it’s surely “festival season” down here in New Orleans. That’s what locals like to call this time of year, and yes, it is our favorite!

This Friday marks the start of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, with acts like Wyclef Jean, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk and Coco Robicheaux taking the stage.

If you’re coming to town for the festival, remember to rest up, wear sunscreen, and have fun during your stay in the Big Easy.

As for us, the team here may take some time after our tours to take in the music and atmosphere. How could you not?

Remember, we can help with any transportation needs throughout your stay, and will be on standby with some fantastic tours of New Orleans to help you get the most out of your vacation here! Come pay us a visit!!

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!

In Town for St. Patrick’s Day? Join Cajun Encounters for a Tour!

It’s that time of year again, and we can’t think of anything greener than the Honey Island Swamp!!!

If you are in town for St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, then be sure to schedule your tour soon.

We also have incomparable city tours, so that you can take in the sights of New Orleans, along with some air conditioning, in style. We also have an AMAZING and EXTENSIVE plantation tour, for those interested in the antebellum way of life.

There’s even a discount if you book a combination of two or more tours! How more festive can you be? :-)

Happy Mardi Gras from Cajun Encounters!

Welcome to New Orleans, and welcome to one of the most exciting times of the year – Mardi Gras!

We at Cajun Encounters are super excited to share this experience with visitors, and we hope that your stay is even more than you had imagined (we know that it will be). Make sure to catch as many parades as you can, eat at some of New Orleans’ amazing restaurants, like Huck Finn’s Cafe on Decatur Street, and realize that carnival season is more about culture and bringing together friends and family than it is some of that vulgar stuff that you see on tv (that’s only here and there, people!).

While you are in town, be sure to keep us in mind for the best in New Orleans city tours, Honey Island swamp tours, plantation tours, and anything that you need in regard to transportation.

We are closed on Fat Tuesday, as the entire city shuts down for the fun and festivities, but each and every day around that, we are open and tours are in action!

Again, thanks for visiting the Crescent City. We know you’ll have a great time while you are here.

New Pictures, Courtesy of Cajun Encounters Visitors!!

Every once in a while, we scour the internet, just get an honest opinion of our tours. We value visitors’ viewpoints, and we want to use any criticism we can in making the BEST New Orleans experience.

Firstly, a big thank you everyone taking the time to catch up with us, much less actually post videos and pictures of their experiences. There is some truly amazing media out there of Cajun Encounters!!

One thing that stood out to us as unique is the imagery of the wild hogs seen on the swamp tours. Usually it’s gator pics that people post, but look below from some stunning imagery taken from