Today's Cajuns trace their ancestral roots to French Canadian exiles who came together again in south Louisiana late in the 18th century. The joyful reverberations of that reunion and the pride in the enduring culture built here set the tempo for today's Cajun Country, a region where many different peoples share a unifying joie de vive. Visitors set their own pace of course. Drift through ancient cypress swamps in the Atchafalaya Basin or take a charter fishing expedition into the Gulf of Mexico. Explore the cultural riches and nightlife of urban centers like Lafayette and Lake Charles; tour historic sites or daytrip around rural towns nestled in bayou country and along scenic prairie byways. Mardi Gras moves to rustic rhythms in Cajun Country, and practically every community hosts lively annual festivals to celebrate holidays, crops, heritage or simply the pleasure of living in this vibrant and unique part of America.