Wild Orchids and Endangered Reefs: The Everglades and Keys - November 7, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Wild Orchids and Endangered Reefs: The Everglades and Keys

from $2,130 USD per person for 5 days, 4 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Moderate
  • Outdoor Expedition

Hidden deep in the swamps of Florida’s Fakahatchee Strand, a ghostly pale orchid hides from poachers while the eye of an enormous alligator surfaces, blinks, then disappears beneath the murky waters that wind through the forest. Join us for a 5-day adventure as we search for those rare orchids, paddle our way through mangrove forests, and snorkel alongside sea turtles, all in the company of an experienced naturalist guide.

Highlights
  • Observe local wildlife
  • Search for rare orchids
  • Kayak with a marine biologist
  • Snorkel with sea turtles

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

The Mondrian Hotel is a 35-minute drive from Miami International Airport (MIA). We’ll be meeting for dinner at 6 p.m. on November 7. To give yourself enough time to settle into your accommodations and freshen up before meeting the group, we recommend booking a flight that arrives in Miami by 3 p.m. Our trip concludes on Monday, November 11 at 4 p.m. We’re happy to help extend your stay if you would like to enjoy Miami or The Everglades on your own.

Activity Level

We recommend that you have a medium fitness level to fully participate in this trip. Be prepared to walk up to 3 miles per day through thick, muddy terrain. We will also be kayaking and snorkeling so basic swimming skills and a comfort with water are necessary. The Florida climate can be hot and humid and we will be spending much of each day outside. Your guides will provide sunscreen and water breaks, but this trip is not recommended for travelers who are particularly sensitive to heat.

Accomodations

Your trip includes two nights of accommodation at the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach, Miami and two nights of accommodation at the Islander Resort in Islamorada. Single travelers should be prepared to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, depending on the composition of the group. A limited number of private rooms are available for a single supplement of $400.

Dates and Prices

Nov 07–Nov 11, 2019
Shared Room
$2,130 USD per person
Single Room
$2,530 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $2,130. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $1630 will be due by September 23. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $400 will be due at the time of the final payment.
Included
  • Two nights at the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach, Miami and two nights at The Islander Resort in Islamorada.
  • An expert naturalist guide as well as local experts on our excursions.
  • Welcome dinner, daily lunches, and snacks, plus a couple of cocktails at the Lorelei Cabana Bar.
  • All equipment rentals for kayaking, wet walking, and snorkeling activities.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and events.
  • A donation of $25 per traveler to Friends of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.
  • Transportation within Florida following arrival at the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach.
  • A full briefing packet for each traveling, including background on the region we’ll be exploring, logistical details, a recommended reading, and watching list, and a packing list.
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura explorers, excited to discover all that the Everglades have to offer.
Excluded
  • Flights to and from Miami International Airport (MIA) and airport transfers.
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including daily breakfasts and most alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Recommended carbon offset.

Trip FAQ

We are visiting fragile ecosystems alongside an experienced naturalist who will help us ensure that we minimize our impact on the local  wildlife and habitats. Additionally, a donation of $25 to the Friends of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is built into your trip price, and we encourage all travelers to purchase the optional carbon offset available for this trip.