About Us

Our Mission

It would be a shame to leave New Orleans without having the time of your life. We want to share the Louisiana that we love with you. No tour buses or giant tour boats here – we always do small groups with passionate local guides. Explore beautiful swamps looking for gators, tour Treme and Congo Square, learn to cook from a Cajun chef or visit a Zydeco musician in his studio!  Unforgettable experiences, incredible music and food and plenty of chances to get to know the locals. If you want an authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience you’ve found the right place. Louisiana deserves a tour like this, and so do you.

Jared Sternberg

Jared Sternberg founded our sister company, Gondwana Ecotours, after finishing law school. After operating tours around the world and growing the company for four years, he decided the time was right to start offering tours in his home of New Orleans, Louisiana. Jared has a depth of knowledge about wildlife, environmental protection, and travel photography. He loves to help travelers connect with local people and organizations. Jared’s unique trip-building skills, environmental stewardship, and commitment to ethics are what set Gondwana and Beyond the Bayou apart from other tour companies.

Jake Kelston

Jake Kelston has an extensive background in management, hospitality, and international travel. Jake has helped Jared conceptualize, scout, and build Beyond the Bayou. Jake’s knowledge of Lousiana’s local ecology, history, and culture make him a fantastic guide and source of information about activities in New Orleans and Cajun Country. He is a musician and a chef at heart, and if you ask him for local food recommendations, he just might talk your ear off.

Jared Sternberg
Jake Kelston