There's an eerie beauty to this place, a land of tall cypress pines and thick deciduous oak, emerging from endless miles of flat-water bayou, creek, slough and river. Alligators wink from the black water, while deer perk their tails in the bottom land basins, and in the distance, the fires of the oil refineries flicker into the night. Stop into a local town, tune the radio into some Cajun dance music, and order some fried seafood and boudin – this is the Cajun country of legend.
Lafayette and adjacent Breaux Bridge are the major towns and bases of exploration in the area. East and south of Lafayette, the Atchafalaya Basin is the preternatural heart of the Cajun wetlands. Stop into the Atchafalaya Welcome Center to learn about the dense jungle protecting these swamps, lakes and bayous.