I felt like nature and wildlife yesterday and what better place, when in Miami, to go than the Everglades. It’s even more interesting when combined with a visit to Florida’s Indian past and the Miccosukee Village. The village is located about 30 minutes west of the Florida Turnpike (US 41) on the Tamiami Trail.
The drive is already an adventure. The highway leads along the Miami Canal and I have never seen it so alligator infested as yesterday. They were everywhere in the water and — out of it too! One nosy beast was actually sitting by the roadside with every intention of crossing the busy highway. You are well advised to stay in your car and not to stop, because what you might think is a log, could very well snap your foot off.
Arriving at the village you enter through the gift shop and pay your admission of $10 per adult. The place is open every day from 9am to 5pm. We got there rather late and, surprisingly, were given a discount of $2 because we only had one hour left. But, that’s quite enough.
The Miccosukee Tribe doesn’t actually live in that village, they have their homes nearby. The village is a showcase of their life, history, arts and crafts for tourists, but gives a very good impression. An Indian guide welcomes you and leads you from thatched, traditional stall to stall where artists show how they make their famous patchwork clothes and beads.
There is also a small museum and a room where you can watch a video about Miccosukee culture and history. Of course, no tour to the Everglades without a show of alligator wrestling, but I bypassed that and went along a wooden walkway instead, which leads deep into the Everglades and manages to convey a feeling for the mystery and magic of the vast swamp.
For further information on the Miccosukee you can visit their website here.
Inka is German and used to be an international attorney with offices in London and Spain. Retired two years ago because I wanted to be a traveler and writer and now live between Didim/Turkey and Miami with plenty of travel in between. Next destinations: Istanbul, New York and Petra/Jordan.