This tour travels to the southernmost district of Belize, the Toledo District, often called the “forgotten district” because of its remote villages and laid back life style. The drive to Toledo is about 1.5 hours with exceptional sightseeing along the way.
We will first visit the village of Big Falls and be welcomed into a home where we will learn history and traditional lifestyles of Mayan people including the close relationship with nature; everything from food, bedding, musical instruments and furniture was harvested from the jungle. After assisting with the preparation of the meal, you will get to enjoy what you prepared! The tour continues with a trail walk learning about the medicinal plants, herbs and spices.
We then continue south to explore the archaeological site of Nim Li Punit. The history lessons continue at the Visitor Center as well as having the chance to stand before 1,000 year old structures! The view from the center is beautiful, with the southern coastal plains laid out to the east. Nim Li Punit is set in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, within the drainage basin of the Rio Grande. From the highest point of the site, at an elevation of 67 meters (219 feet), the Caribbean Sea is visible on a clear day.
After a full day of exposure to another culture and another way of life, we will head back to Villa Verano.
Depart: 7:30 am
Length: Full day
Terrain: Dense tropical rainforest and river banks
Recommended to Bring: Bottled water, sunscreen, bug repellent, cap or hat, sunglasses, long pants, t-shirt and long sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes or boots, camera, binoculars, swimsuit, beach towel and extra (dry) clothes for the end of your day.