New account of trip through the southeastern United States March 2018. On this occasion we tell you the Everglades airboat tour to see alligators (they are called that) and visit Miami Beach.
When you spend a few days by him south florida, and more specifically in the area of Everglades, it is tradition, if not almost obligation, to prove the experience of getting on a air-boat, translated hydrofoil here. A typical excursion of the area called swamp tour (excursion through the swamps). It consists of getting on a small boat, with a huge fan behind, and traveling, at full speed, the swampy waters in search of alligators (not crocodiles or alligators, as we will see later) accompanied by a guide. The swamp tours they can also be done in other areas of the southern United States, such as near New Orleans. But in this case we consider that New Orleans already offered other incentives to which it was not convenient to steal time with this activity, which could be done in the area of the Everglades, in that sense, much more grim reaper in activities.
This is one very frequent activity for visitors and tourists, and therefore very easy to do. There are many possibilities and advertising is constantly seen of places where they organize these excursions, so in principle, it is not necessary to book. We tried equally, but the truth is that the website that best suited us for travel and conditions left nothing clear how it worked. He said he could book, but he didn't say when or time or anything ... Total, we let him be and went straight. In our case we look for a tour that will not include shows with the alligators. If it is already sad to see animals trained by tricks, imagine wild animals begging for a meal that they could easily find on their own. Despite how reluctant it may be to an activity that includes live animals, I recommend the experience because it only consists of seeing them in their natural habitat, without bothering them in any way. In addition, the landscapes, the feeling of freedom and isolation, the wind whipping in your face ... all this is part of a really rewarding experience.
We arrive at Buffalo Tiger's, located in the middle of the road, a club with as much charm as little glamor, without any reservation. Upon arrival we were told that the next expedition was leaving in a minute, which was a good thing because if not, we would have had to wait an hour until the next. We barely had time to go to the sink and we were already uploaded to the air-boat for the modest amount of $ 27 (just under an hour's visit). Our guide was a Native American who warned us not to get too close to the edges of the boat. A story to scare tourists? Or real caution? They also warned us that our caps and hats could fly away if we didn't watch, and offered us earplugs and huge headphones to protect us from the sound generated by the big fan of the boat.
We saw each other sharing a boat with seven other people, that is, we were ten in total. Good amount to not feel like a flock, which happens in most tourist attractions in the world. We soon realized that the cap, earplugs and headphones were not an exaggeration. The acceleration of air-boat It was much bigger than you could imagine when you saw that ramshackle boat from the dock, and the sound, without being dramatic, was quite loud. The guide delighted us with some spectacular skids, at the cost of splashing a little. But hey, it's Florida, and even in the month of March it was warm, so no problem. As I said before, the feeling of stillness, silence (when the boat stopped, of course) and of having no trace of other people, or objects built by the man around you, it was incredible. Just for that it was worth it. But of course, the main attraction is supposed to be alligators. It was clear that the guide (a rough man with few words in general) knew where to look. To which he saw closed areas with a lot of mud and vegetation, he was automatically heading there, and there was usually a prize. With a series of strange sounds made with his mouth, he managed to get the alligators to roam the boat for a while, until they got tired, or we simply left there. There were also others who passed absolutely from us.
The guide told us that in the state of Florida they have between 1.2 and 1.3 million copies of alligator. And also the difference of these with respect to crocodiles and alligators. He was pleased to say that the United States is the only country in the world that includes all species in its territory. Although it is true that there is still one more member of the family, the so-called gavials, which can only be found in the north india. Apparently, alligators are smaller than ordinary crocodiles, they are also darker in skin, and much less dangerous. He commented that you should only be careful at night, when it is time to eat. And that, instead, crocodiles are really aggressive.
The excursion in air-boat for the Everglades, at least the one we did, also included a visit to an ancient Indian camp ... to call it somehow. It was actually the simulation of the camp where the Miccosukee tribe I lived in the past. In fact, that part of the Everglades is a federal indian reserve, the territory is owned by the Miccosukke Indian tribe and the Buffalo Tiger guides belong to it. Too bad that during the visit they did not explain much to us about the tribe or the lifestyle when they lived in those lands. We embarked on the air-boat back to the pier and we continue our way through the Everglades. A very simple experience, reasonable at the economic level, recommended and easy to perform.