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.
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 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.
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.
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.