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10 unforgettable things to do in the “forgotten” district of Toledo, Belize

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”1: Visit a Maya site.” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][vc_column_text]There are 5 major Maya sites in the Toledo district and many others that remain unexcavated. The most famous and easily accessible are Nim Ni Punit and Lubaantun. Pusilha, Uxbenka and Xnaheb are harder to get to and require a guide.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1593551934964-93421b47-8b88-6″ include=”6327,6328″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”2: Visit a Cacao Farm” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][vc_column_text]

Toledo is often called “the cradle of chocolate”. There are many small subsistence family farms in the area growing cacao. Eladio Pop’s Agouti farm is one of the most famous. There are also several chocolate makers, Ixcacao, Cotton tree Chocolate and T’chil, who offer tours of their farms and demonstrate how to make chocolate.

[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1593551934965-a8a882be-e90e-8″ include=”6323,6324″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”3: Shop at Punta Gorda market” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][vc_column_text]This vibrant event takes place every Wednesday and Friday. Here you can witness the Maya from the surrounding villages, selling their fresh produce among other things ginger, cacao, beans, corn, turmeric (yellow ginger), hot pepper (ground), other spices and colorful hammocks (this is probably the cheapest place to buy them in Belize)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”4: Buy a pair of traditional gold filigree crescent shape earrings worn by Maya women.” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”5: Watch Maya women hand weave the Jippy jappa baskets from the plant grown in the local rainforest.” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1593551934967-99fc4e63-a739-4″ include=”6329,6330″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”6: Try delicious East Indian food, callaloo and heart of palm” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”7: Swim in Blue Creek Cave” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][vc_column_text]Locally known as Hokeb Ha which means where the water enters the earth, a short hike takes you to the opening of the cave and the beautiful azure blue pool. Swimming into the cave you are enveloped in darkness of a different world[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1593551934968-fc72b88c-c6b1-8″ include=”6316,6315″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Hokeb Ha Cave photos ©

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”8: Take a drumming lesson at the Garifuna drumming school.” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”9: Visit the spice farm where they grow vanilla and cardamom among other delicious spices.” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”10: Take a selfie by the famous dollar sign of Punta Gorda or the new Peini (which is Garifuna translation)” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1593551934969-7bf558ba-fc89-2″ include=”6332,6331″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”How to get to Belize” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”|||”][vc_column_text]Here are a list of international carriers that fly into Belize. Click here or copy and paste the following link:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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