The culture immersion tour takes place right in Hopkins Village and offers a great experiential learning experience. The tour starts with dressing in traditional Garifuna outfits which really gets you in the mood to work and learn. The owner, Uwahnie Martinez, of Palmento Grove brings you to her gallery of Garifuna artifacts where she gives you an overview of the history and culture of the Garinagu.
After the gallery tour, you get to pull a young coconut from the tree and enjoy delicious, fresh coconut water! And the fun just continues with husking a dry coconut, using a grater to prepare the coconut for the lunch you will be preparing and eating – hudut! Throughout the cooking experience, Ms. Uwahnie, instructs you as well as continues to provide stories and information about the Garifuna people. Once the meal is finished, you get to eat in traditional plates with natural juice. After lunch, the drumming lessons begin! Taught by a local musician of over 30 years, you will learn three Garifuna rhythms. Additional drum lessons are available upon request.
Depart: 9:30 am
Length: 4 Hours
Recommended to Bring: Bottled water, bug repellent, cap or hat, camera.