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Join us in Miami this November as we set off on a five-day adventure into the mangroves and swamps of Florida's Keys and Everglades. Alongside local naturalists, we'll explore high and low—in airboats, kayaks, and on foot—in search of the wildlife of this unique ecosystem, from dolphins and manatees to osprey, ibis, and 47 species of orchid. We'll paddle our way through mangrove forests, snorkel alongside sea turtles, and coast quietly alongside pods of dolphins and pairs of manatees. We'll meet with a park biologist to learn about Big Cypress National Preserve, visit a historic Seminole trading post in the 10,000 Islands section of Everglades National Park, and check out Ed Leedskalnin's Coral Castle, with an eye out for baby alligators. Adventure and discovery await.
The total cost of this trip is $2130 and 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. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided subject to availability at an additional cost of $400. Please contact us to request a single room.
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.
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.
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.