Our wonderful guides Kelly (aka Gestavo) and Alyssa (aka Anthony) were very personable and knowledgeable. I've been there many times but there is always something new to learn. While it was rainy season the animal diversity was limited we did encounter many Red-Shouldered Hawks. It was a great tour and experience.
Although I am a jaded expat New Yorker, now living in s. Florida, I had some serious learning to do in regards to the Everglades. First, the moment we took our seats in the tram, we saw and learned more about alligators probably a couple of dozen, and that was just from the vantage of the seat than I ever imagined we'd see. It was actually my first encounter with alligators outside of a zoo and the elusive few living at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. Then, the birds well, I lost count. Even the fauna was well represented, and described. Which brings me to my final point. Our guide, Antonio T., was simply the best he shared his first-hand knowledge of the park with us lucky enough to ride his tour. What I learned, that I never knew before: prior to 1947, Humble Oil, one of the major oil companies from the 19th century, had a pumping rig in the Everglades. As Humble was able to pump only a lesser-quality crude from that well, they were encouraged to quit the well and thus leave the park. The lesson I learned specifically is about drilling rights, and ecological change in general. Will we allow drilling and minerals exploration - using technology in whatever guise it takes - in national parks, or stay the course and prevent drilling and fracking activities from despoiling our beautiful heritage? I'm not a tree hugger but I want to extend a special Thank You to our guide for sharing this insight.
Interesting 15 mile trip via tram through part of the everglades. you had better bring plenty of mosquito spray
because they will eat you up if you don't spray yourself. Glad we did the tour. The guide was very informative.