I can't say enough good things about Pearl River Ecotours. I booked with them because they seemed to be more environmentally conscious than many of the other tours, but otherwise didn't really know what to expect. Not only is the bayou unbelievably beautiful, they all made us feel like we were friends just spending the day with them.
We did the afternoon tour with the hotel pick-up. Our driver, Ronnie, was so friendly and down-to-earth. We didn't know we could bring beer, so he took us to a gas station for booze and snacks. When we got to the dock/office/whatever they call it, we just hung out for awhile and chatted and played with their dog. By the time the boat was leaving we almost forgot we were going on the tour because we were so enjoying ourselves.
The tour itself was incredible. Our guide, Brian, gave a ton of information and made the tour so interesting without making it feel like some "tour" type attraction. He truly seemed to love his job and the swamp and wanted us to have a fantastic and authentic experience.
We saw a ton of alligators, snakes (how he could spot them, I have no idea!), hybrid pigs (I guess hybrid of pig and boar), turtles.... but the landscape was the most amazing part.
We didn't want the tour to end! But when we got back, we just hung out with them for awhile longer and finished our beers. Ronnie took us back to the hotel and stopped at a bar and hung out for awhile. If they were annoyed with us for overstaying our welcome, they didn't let on at all!
Very, very cool experience and I highly recommend it. Hope to go back soon!
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