Inaugurated in 1934, the Everglades National Park is the only sub-tropical ecosystems that exist in America. This area is inhabited by scrub, swamp, mahogany forest and mangrove forests. Everglades National Park becomes more complete as a tourist destination due to the Everglades is also a habitat for 36 species of rare animals. Some of them are the American crocodile, Florida panther and West Indian manatee. In addition, there are over 300 species of birds, insects and reptiles.
Unlike anywhere else in America that has four seasons, Everglades only has two seasons, summer and rainy season. Because of the rarity of its ecosystem, Everglades National Park has been listed by UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve as one of the important areas in the world.
The Everglades has an area of over 600,000 hectares that extend from the central part of Florida (near Orlando) to the south to Florida Bay. Because the area is very spacious, tourists can access it through multiple entrances were located far apart from each other. The nearest entrance of Miami called Shark Valley. The location can be reached within one hour from the city center.
In the region, visitors can enter the building Visitor Center where rangers manning would explain the presence of the Everglades National Park ecosystem and the flora and fauna that live there. From this location, visitors can ride a tram on a special track along the 25 km that will bring passengers get into the deeper areas. Along the way, various types of birds can be seen and the most interesting is the emergence of the crocodiles that rose in the land for sunbathing.
In addition to boarding the tram, visitors can also run on a track made of wood in the area Anhinga Trail. Trails along the 12 km is also standing above the water surface so that visitors walking on it could be closer to nature. From the top of Anhinga Trail, often can be seen alligators swimming in swamp water surface. In addition, various types of snakes are also frequently seen in the mangrove forest on the left and right sides of the track.
Everglades Visitors can also enjoy the presence of the region by riding a motorized boat that is specifically used in the waters of the swamp. This activity is known as Airboat Tour. There are many Airboat Tour rental services and each provides a variety of boat sizes so the passenger capacity is also different. Some boats are equipped with a roof and the other without a roof.
Those who will be invited airboat ride at speeds up to 80 km / h along the waters of the swamp. The experienced boat driver will stop at certain locations where crocodiles often manifest themselves. On the way, visitors can also see a variety of other animals such as snakes, squirrels and turtles.