CESAR ALEJANDRO BECERRA…

He has stood on the head of George Washington at Mount Rushmore, delivered a historic inkwell to the supreme court, traversed the entire length of the Appalachian trail (and even walked from key west to phoenix). And before all that the travel channel followed him on a 50 state road trip within one calendar year. And Miami and its environs… well one newspaper called him the best peripatetic historian in the magic city (NewTimes) and The Miami Herald called him an everglades evangelist. Employed by local, state and national parks, modern day Nomad Cesar Becerra is ready to share countless stories to your group or students. 


Here are some of his most popular programs:

Experience One; Hidden in Plain Sight; There exists a tropical jungle completely surrounded by our busy city. Most people don’t even know its there. And inside is a portal to past peoples and animales dating back 10,000 years. The plants each have their stories too. This one hour escape will transport you into the Everglades of old yet you won’t have to drive 30 miles to get to it.

Experience Two; Hidden wonders in the back 40 of Matheson Hammock; It was our first park. The earliest moment we as a people said all of this can perish so we should protect it. Here there are portal and hallways of green and roots that lead you to vistas that put Miami way way way in the distance. Plus across the street are caves that Paleolithic man have used and buildings that have been engulfed by vines and roots. There is even a vessel that can show you the power of hurricanes. And all of it is quietly ....found....and discovered...on a woods path.

Experience Three; A Beach? Yes. But where are all the people; This quiet walk on a nearby island stretches for what seems like miles. Downtown is so far into the distance that is seems like a mirage. I will take you to an ancient mangrove petrified geological forest that towers and shows its face but once a day on low tide. Then you will be left to meditate and explore and on the way back i will tell you of the tale of the Tequesta and how it all began.

 Experience Four; The Park Before the Park; Secrets and secret/sacred spaces of Everglades National Park. This Half day journey will meet at the Earnest Coe visitor's center near Homestead and hour and 20 minutes away...but once you are there we will caravan to a trail that disappears into an old roadbed that could have changed South Florida forever...instead its now engulfed in green. There is a hidden building on no map that is literally a portal into a world and to the base of a tree that has been growing for 200 years. This journey also includes a visit to a fruit stand that is like no other fruit stand that specializes in are tropical fruit to end your day just right.

Experience Five; Groovie Grooves of Coconut Grove. Under the Oaks and under the rest of the canopy lies the original Miami; the hamlet of "Cocoanut" Grove or what was on old maps as Silver Bluff. This slow paced tour begins at the old Pan American headquarters of Dinner Key, now the city of Miami's City Hall but soon melts away into the deep grove and wanders down woods paths to the oldest home in Miami and later to an old plantation of small houses near an ancient church covered in shade and vines and vibes and vibrations.

 the next 5 trips are half or full day journeys

Experience Six; The Big Big Big quiet of the Big Cypress. A road called Tamiami Trail was etched out of the wilderness to slice the Everglades in half and to give us access to a world like no other. Welcome to the swamp. The Big Cypress National Preserve. But far from swampy, its vast clear waters hide gorgeous places like old logging trails, a gallery of photographs from The Ansel Adams of the Florida Everglades and a boardwalk with massive giants from another time. *Side trip to a small town called Everglades City rounds out your day in this most mysterious national park.

Experience Seven; A slow ride and a lovely long day at Everglades National Park. The 38 mile road to the end of the world carries secrets and wonders and vistas that will take your breath away. We will stop for quiet walks on wooden board walks from Long Pine Key to Flamingo and even on a quiet open prarie called The Coastal Trail.

Experience Eight; Indian Key with Garl's Island Kayak Company; It is nothing short of the Grecian ruins of South Florida only not hundreds of years old just since the 1830's but still for us that’s old. and since this park is not on the main road to Key West...in fact its an island detached from it all....its quiet and quite special. On it are old roads and foundations and an odd green wonder called the century plant or yucca tree that has taken over. In the center of it all is a high observation tower perfect for contemplation and meditation or another shaded structure where the ocean laps and crashes onto the rocky shore.

Experience Nine; Biscayne Bay; There are a multitude of ways to be on the bay and experience its power. By boat or kayak Cesar will whip the bay’s history and take you away to another time.

Experience Ten; Florida Keys and The Dry Tortugas. Its the mother road. With of course lots of touristy spots but also if you know where to look, lots of hidden gems of the real keys. I will show you all of them as we slowly caravan down and over the 47 bridges that span from Key Largo to Key West beginning with a quiet road called Card Sound. Once in Key West you will rest and get ready for a night time walk of the quiet zones of key West and the next morning sharp at 7am get ready for the journey to one of the most remote national parks in America, the 7 islands of The Dry Tortugas. *Longer 3 night 4 day glamping experience available but main trip is just the one day visit on the high speed ferry.

Scheduling is dependent on Mr. Becerra’s schedule and best inquired by calling him directly at 786-877-6545 or by email at takethefuturecamping@gmail.com

The following are subjects that Cesar will be happy to regale you, your guests and/or group meeting with…


The Blimps of Richmond Naval Air Station;

A slight spec in the history of world war 2 is the story of the blimps. Navy k ships to be exact and they weren’t the slow moving cows you see today floating over the super bowl. They really did help turn the tide and helped America win the war.

 

South Dade History

it is a strange locale. Far from all the hustle and bustle, but it was the launch pad for several over the top plans to impact the world in a big way. Hear the story of a man who moved giant rocks, a boy who sold cucumbers at 6 years of age and many more stories that make up the secrets of south Dade

 

South Dade Agricultural

it  was all saw grass at one point and then it was not. Progress in paradise and all of it vanishing fast. The story of south Dade agriculture is vast and mucky, Really mucky as in the soft rich soils of the prairie and the hard rocky surface of the pineland...all for the taking to grow things year round.

 

Coconut Grove

a bohemian wonderland that far preceded Miami.... tiny hamlet Cocoanut Grove was settled by blacks(from all over the usa),  Bahamians (conchs) and swells (white pioneers) and natives (Seminoles) and together they banded together as the first true melting pot. Ingenuity and living with the environment helped them thrive

 

 

Miami Beach;  

Headlights and Subways sandwiches is where it all began. We will tackle the myths and marketing that made Miami Beach big. Of course it doesn’t hurt to get a little sand in your toes and later a little deco in your drive. Miami Beach is a true wonderland.

 

Little Havana

many years ago it was a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, now it bustles with all sorts of Latin flavors. Of course the Cubans had a hand in it but now with all the busses that drop of thousands of tourists weekly it’s an American phenomenon. Find out how it all went down, one bongo beat or domino shuffle at a time

  

Miami; 

The Magic City. Too much to get into in this short description but suffice it to say that this subject can be parsed and cut up a dozen different ways. From the birth to the boom to the bust. Miami has it all. Please ask us all the ways this presentation can be shared.

 

The Everglades South

It all flows south, or it did and in some ways it still does but at a high price. From paleo Indians to poachers to prominent women who saves the system to magnates that wanted to drain it all up. We begin in the beginning so you know how we got where we got today.

 

The Everglades North

The heart of the system is way north and sadly it must travail hundreds of miles through a lot of hands before it slowly spills into Florida bay. The lake the land the logjam of politics are all in this subject.

 

The Everglades West

like a bowl with a high lip, the big cypress stands high and proud as almost a distinct system. Giant trees, giant egos all were pitted at a time where sky and the saw of the logging mills were unstoppable. Big Cypress and the western everglades will surprise you. 

 

The Everglade East;

the forgotten frontier was the last place we looked deep into the forest. A swampy forest at that with lots of curious souls who wanted to figure out a way to unlock it. A high costal ridge for Spaniards as well as pioneers was the welcome mat and begins this incredible story

 

Downtown Miami;

it has seen boom and bust, bungalows and bombastic towers that now canonize its streets. But in the end it almost never happened. Look at this city from the sky and historical perspective and find out how all the nuts and bolts of it all worked out

 

Brickells and Brickell Avenue;

from England and Ohio they came, but not to Miami, well....not yet. Australia is the beginning of this story, and William and Mary will school you ij the fine art of city building and pioneer chess.

Today it is one of the most explosive neighborhoods in Miami, come hear how we got where we got on Brickell today

 

Wynwood

a can of spray paint is now both synonymous for  Sotheby’s and vandalism. Jail time and millions. This colorful neighborhood is the setting of a powerful rebirth to Miami’s image and stature as a major art titan. But street artists started all this and this is their tale.

  

The Florida Keys

It was once the richest place per capita in all the United States. But no bridges appeared till the 1912. The story of how these chain of islands got connected and the bigger ramification is the subject of this talk, along with the real real keys.

 

Indian Key

back in the 1830's life was different and so was Dade county. Spreading from this tiny island up clear to Jupiter, Indian key was at the center of all you have to know about a wild roller coaster ride. On just 10 acres, a mountain of history was built.  

 

Dry Tortugas

fast food nation...well for 500 years ago it was, thanks to turtles. But not a drop of fresh water. Creative name and the creation of the biggest puzzle in this hemisphere is the setting for the tale of the 7 islands that make up this unique national park

 

Everglades City and Chokoloskee Island;

two hidden worlds. well kind of. The largest islands the mighty caloosas built along with a city that a mighty ego constructed out of nothing is the setting about these two stuck in time places. You will feel like you discovered it yourself, but boy will it be hard to keep it secret 

 

CESAR ALEJANDRO BECERRA…

He has stood on the head of George Washington at Mount Rushmore, delivered a historic inkwell to the supreme court, traversed the entire length of the Appalachian trail (and even walked from key west to phoenix). And before all that the travel channel followed him on a 50 state road trip within one calendar year. And Miami and its environs… well one newspaper called him the best peripatetic historian in the magic city (NewTimes) and The Miami Herald called him an everglades evangelist. Employed by local, state and national parks, modern day Nomad Cesar Becerra is ready to share countless stories to your group or students.