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The Toledo Howler




Newspaper of the Toledo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association


SEPTEMBER 2007


YEAR 1, ISSUE 1


BTIA Chairman Welcomes the Howler's First Roar


INSIDE THIS ISSUE:


VILLAGE LIFE 2

WA LEE BIT A 7
KREOLE

TOLEDO CRAFTS 3

GARBUTT'S FISH- 4
ING LODGE
RIO BLANCO NA- 4
TIONAL PARK

BTIA TOLEDO 5
MEMBERS & RES-
TAURANTS
VANILLA CULTI- 6
VATION
EXCITING AR- 8
CHEOLOGICAL
FINDS IN PAYNES
CREEK
WATS COOKING? 8

TRANSPORTATION 7
SCHEDULES
MAP OF TOLEDO 12
DISTRICT
TRANSPORTATION 9
SCHEDULES


EDITORIAL


TOLEDO EVENTS


Dear Visitors,

I personally welcome the first edi-
tion of our Toledo Howler. I am
sure it will be greatly welcomed by
our hoteliers, tour operators and
travel agents, our guests and visi-
tors and our Toledo tourism indus-
try in general. The Toledo District
shows great potential for tourism
growth, and has seen a significant
increase in visitation over the last
few years. Toledo is now receiving
international recognition and I am
sure our many visitors will enjoy
this informative newsletter. BTIA
Toledo and the tourism stake-


Bruno Kuppinger, Chairman of BTIAToledo

holders in Toledo are committed to
building a first-class product that visitors
will continue to enjoy for years to come.
In Toledo hoteliers, tour operators, tour
guides, community leaders, NGOs and


other stakeholders are joining to-
gether for the protection of Toledo
and promotion of the area as a tourist
destination.

Our greatest resource is our 20,000
people; warm, friendly and awaiting
you. And you won't be bumping el-
bows with too many other tourists.On
behalf of BTIA Toledo, welcome to
Toledo, our lovely jewel in the heart of
Central-America and the Caribbean.
We hope you have your best vacation
ever. -


PRETTY IN PINK

Local hotel wins prestigious award


As you drive along the coast road
into PG town, you are bound to
notice the two storey, bright pink
building on the right just before Joe
Taylor Creek. This is Beya Suites,


local couple Darius and Lisa Avila.
Beya Suites opened its doors in
November 2005 to a full house for
the Garifuna Settlement Day cele-
brations and has been going strong
ever since.


,--' This year Beya Suites won the Be-
lize Tourism Board's 'Small Hotel of
the Year' award. This was a real
achievement for the Avilas, who
were new to the tourism business
when they first opened. The Toledo
branch of the Belize Tourism Indus-
try Assocation congratulates them
on the award. We're proud to have
you as a member of the BTIA!
one of the newer hotels in PG. The
hotel is owned and managed by


Beya Suites offers 4 well designed
rooms, each with private bath, air
conditioning, cable T.V. and private
balcony. Facilities at Beya Suites
include a bar, restaurant, laundry
service and high speed internet.
There's also a sun deck on the top
for relaxing and taking in the won-
derful sea views. The shops of
Punta Gorda are a mere 15 minute
walk away. For more information
and reservations contact Darius or
Lisa Avila on Tel: 722-2188; Fax
722-2509;

Email info@bevasuites.com;

Website www.bevasuites.com.


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STHE TOLEDO HOWLER


Village Life



Laguna Village and the Laguna Village Women's Cooperative


Not far from PG lies Laguna Village,
one of the most beautiful, friendly and easily
accessible villages in Toledo. Here you will find
the Laguna Village Women's Cooperative, a
group of ladies who have organized to sell their
weavings and improve their lives. The Laguna
Village Women's Cooperative was started about
3 years ago with the help of Crissie Ferrara, a
peace-corps volunteer from New York City.
Women in the Mayan villages of southern Be-
lize have been weaving cuxtales (bags) and
other practical items for many years, but very
few were sold as crafts to tourists. Crissie saw
great potential in the weaving of the women
and was able to work with them to increase the
quality and marketability of their cuxtales
(pronounced "cush-talls"). She helped them
improve the color selections of the yarn they
were using in their cuxtales and taught them
the importance of consistency in sizing of the
bags, quality workmanship and finishing. This
has created more of a demand for the cuxtales
as craft souvenirs for tourists, and the bags are
now sold in two locations in Punta Gorda, as
well as a gift shop on Caye Caulker.

The cooperative is a loosely knit
group consisting of about 6-10 women, headed


up by sisters Paulina & Juanita Sacul. Paulina
and Juanita make deliveries and collect monies
earned. Although cuxtal sizing and quality are
fairly consistent, each woman's cuxtales have
their own distinct style. Bags are individually
labeled with the name and photo of the woman
who wove them.

Weaving is done on a backstrap
loom, so named because the warp threads are
stretched between a support and the weaver's
back. This makes the woman an integral part of
the loom, as the weaving is strapped around
her waist. The weaver controls tension to the
threads by leaning forward or back. The weft
thread is then passed through alternating
threads of the warp, using a bobbin stick. One
weft goes under the warp, and the next goes
over it. Several rows are done and then the weft
is beaten to make it tight. A batten stick is used
to separate the threads of the warp, which al-
lows the weft to pass through them. When I
have watched the ladies weave, this process is
done so fast that you can't see the threads
moving. They make it look deceptively simple;
but when I tried it, it was difficult and I felt very
clumsy! I wasn't able to weave, but I was able
to make them all laugh.

Backstrap weaving is not as fast as
weaving with a treadle loom, but loom parts are
inexpensive, and the loom is portable, so weav-
ing can be done anywhere. The weaving of a
cuxtale can take up to several weeks, as most
women work on their weaving in between doing
daily tasks.

The latest improvements to the vil-
lage are a running water system and internet
access, yet most families live in a traditional
fashion, patting out corn tortillas by hand and


cooking over a wood fire hearth. So weav-
ing is done when other chores are finished.

Laguna Village is also the loca-
tion of a test project in raising Gibnut
(Paca), a member of the rodent family,
which is a popular game meat in Belize. A
number of villagers received grants to
build enclosures to raise Gibnut. The ani-
mals are trapped in the wild, and brought
to the farms to breed. This program is still
in its infancy. Seeing these nocturnal ani-
mals, which resemble giant guinea pigs
with buckteeth, is an interesting experi-
ence. To see them, ask for Vicente Sacul;
informal tours are $5 BZ.

Cuxtales are available for sale at
Machaca Hill Lodge, and Carysha's Deja
Brew Caf6 in Punta Gorda. For the largest
selection, head out to Laguna, and ask for
Juanita or Paulina Sacul. The village phone
number is 702-2970. They are happy to
provide you or your shop with cuxtales. If
you wish to stay over night, there is a TEA
guesthouse in Laguna; cost is $20 per
person. Meals are taken with families, and
range from $6.50 to $8.00 BZ. Tours can
also be arranged; cost is $7 BZ per person
per hour. Contact Vicente Sacul in Laguna
for information about tours and accommo-
dations. The Laguna turnoff is 13 miles
from PG, and a further 2 miles on a good
dirt road leads you to the village. You can
get there on the Laguna village bus, which
runs on market days (Monday, Wednes-
day, Friday and Saturday), or take any bus
from PG and get off at the turnoff and
walk. Any taxi driver will be willing to bring
you out here also.


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Contact Toledo BTIA at the Tourism Information Center,
Front St., Punta Gorda Tel. 722-2531 E-mail btiatoledo@btl.net
Chair: Bruno Kuppinger, Secretary YvonneVilloria
Treasurer: Leonie Requena


Contact The Howler Editorial Team Tel. 722-2531 E-mail btiatoledo@btl.net
Features Editor: Marta Hirons 671-7172, Advertizing Manager: Juli Puryear, 722-2276.
Production Manager: Rob Hirons 671-7172, Editorial Assistant Zoara Gutierrez 722-2531


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SPOTLIGHT ON CRAFT


Fileon Choc (35)
was born and
bred in the vil-
lage of Pueblo
Viejo where he
lives with his
wife Bernarda
and their three
r children


1111- W Hiscraft work
focuses on carv-
ing calabash
gourds (Crescentia cujete) decorated


with animals (jaguars and monkeys) or ancient Mayan
gods. He has been doing this for the past ten years


helped in the first place by his wife who pie heart, and teak and Mayan harps, vio-
comes from Maya Center which has its own lins, and guitars which he can make to


strong craft traditions.
He began working seriously on his carving
when he was recovering from a long illness
which gave him time to practice and develop
his ideas
His first tools were bartered with the people
of Maya Center in exchange for slate rocks
which Fileon traded. He also has a book of
Maya designs donated by a visitor from Can-
ada which is useful resource.
Apart from calabash carving Fileon also
makes wooden animal masks from a variety
of woods including mahogany, zericot, pur-


order.


When he is not carving Fileon grows corn,
rice and other crops on his plantation and
enjoys telling his children stories and leg-
ends of the ancient Maya.
Gift shops and hotels wanting to order
Fileon's crafts can contact him on the
Pueblo Viejo community phone at 702-
2974 or send an email order to btia-
toledo@btl.net and Fileon will pick the or-
der up when he comes into Punta Gorda on
market day and deliver it via Tropic air.


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YEAR 1, ISSUE 1


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THE TOLEDO HOWLER


NEW TOUR OPERATOR ON JOE TAYLOR CREEK


Over the past year the citizens of Punta
Gorda have seen a gradual transformation of
the property at Joe Taylor Creek where the
Garbutt's, a local family of commercial fish-
ermen are building a different future on the
sea as a tour operator. As Dennis Garbutt
says "The sea is what we know. But we also
know we cannot make a long term future
from commercial fishing. We need to pro-
tect what we have so we can continue to
make a living from the sea."


A handsome two-storey building now stands
I ready to join the growing band of investors in
tourism in Toledo. There are gradually more
visitors to Toledo and the Garbutt's think the
time is right to extend the range of sea tours on
offer to them.
Garbutt's Fishing Lodge will be drawing on the
skills and experience of Dennis, Scully, Oliver
and Eworth Garbutt in their family-run busi-
ness. Scully is a sought after guide by many of
the repeat fly-fishermen to Toledo. Fly fishing
will be a main focus of their operations with
packages to include stays at Joe Taylor Creek
and on Lime Caye at the southern tip of the
Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, a World Heri-
tage site.
On the ground floor of the new tour HQ will be
the main office, a tackle shop for fishermen
and their food service operation, which will
offer drinks and lunch snacks for guests to take
on board for the day. Upstairs is the bar and
restaurant with an open area for diners. The
restaurant will serve local food with a strong
emphasis on the fruits of the sea. The menu
will concentrate on lobster, shrimp and conch
dishes as the seasons dictate.


A playground appealing to local kids is
planned on the ocean side. A dining area
next to it on the shore will give the restau-
rant extra capacity. Cabanas are planned
for a very small three room lodge. Diving
should be introduced within a year of
launching. Launching is a soft launch
from September with the restaurant being
fully operational by the beginning of De-
cember.
Dennis wants to make sure there is con-
trolled growth of the business and a tight
emphasis on quality. He accepts that
growth may be slow but takes heart from
other recent tourism investments which
are growing slowly but steadily.
Dennis wants to find ways of working with
other local operators to offer a range of
new packages which will all help to de-
velop Toledo's products and unique brand.
BTIA wishes them success!
Contact Dennis 604-3548 or 722-0070 or
e-mail at garbuttmarine@vahoo.com with
their web site coming at
www.belizefishinglodge.com News of the
web site in our next edition.


JEWELS OF TOLEDO

Rio Blanco National Park


This beautiful park is located 30 miles west of Punta Gorda between the villages of Santa Cruz and Santa Elena. The pre-classic Mayan site of Ux-
benka is nearby. No doubt the ancient Maya enjoyed this lovely cool spot as much as today's visitors. For refreshing fun in a jungle paradise, Rio
Blanco is hard to beat.
The park comprises 105 hilly acres surrounding a picturesque wa-
terfall about 100 feet wide (in the rainy season) and 20 feet high.
The water falls into a round, deep pool which is perfect for swim-
ming. Jumping into the pool off the surrounding rocks is a lot of
fun... if you've got the nerve! Otherwise you can clamber down the
rocks to the water's edge. You can also swim above the falls, where -
the Rio Blanco spreads out into small pools enclosed by smooth
river rocks. Lovely wildflowers and butterflies decorate the river's
edge.
There are several maintained trails running along the river above
the waterfall. Asign at the trailhead next to the stairs has an inter-
pretive map of the park trails. The park is home to many types of
birds, reptiles and small mammals as well as a dazzling variety of
flora. Following the closest trail upriver, you will come to a sus-
pended footbridge over the water. The bridge is about 30 feet high
and, yes, it does sway when you walk across it! If you can pluck up
the courage to continue, a trail on the far side will take you back
down river. You may end up feeling a bit like Michael Douglas or
Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone, which is part of the ap-
peal of this natural adventure playground.
The park was established in 1994. It is co-managed by the Rio
Blanco Mayan Association (made up of members from Santa Cruz
and Santa Elena) and the Ministry of Natural Resources. There is a
sign and Visitors Centre at the park entrance by the road and a craft shop next door. The entrance fee is BZ$5 per person for visitors. Food and
drink are not available in the park so bring your own and of course take all your trash home with you. A rustic changing room has been built at the
top of the stairs and there is a toilet at the Visitors Centre. The best way to get to Rio Blanco is to drive but there are also village buses which will
drop you nearby. Ask at the Toledo Information Center on Front Street in Punta Gorda for more information. Travel time to the falls is approxi-
mately 1 hour; a bit more if you take a village bus or the road is rough due to a lot of rain.


Did you know...

The Big Falls citrus plantation re-
corded 33.07 inches of rain in July
2006. The annual total for 2006
was 137.4 inches (3.49 metres)


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YEAR 1, ISSUE 1


BTIA TOLEDO MEMBERS 2007


Business Name
Beya Suites
Blue Belize Guest House & Tours
Bobby Tour Guide Services
Coral House Inn
Cuxlin Ha Time Share
Dem Dats Doin
Fish & Fun Guiding Services
Garbutt's Marine Investment
Hickatee Cottages
Juli Puryear
Larry Smith
Machaca Hill
Obsession Bar & Grill
Requena's Charter Service
Romero's Charter Service
Sun Creek Lodge
The Lodge at Big Falls
Tumul Kin Center of Learning


Email
info@beyasuites.com
info@bluebelize.com


ridarbelize@yahoo.com
cuxlinha@hotmail.com
demdatsdoin@btl.net
bzdeepsouth@hotmail.com
garbuttsmarine@yahoo.com
cottages@hickatee.com
julizeinbelize@yahoo.com
larry@seafrontinn.com
info@machacahill.com
stcharlespg@btl.net
watertaxi@btl.net
rcharters@btl.net
suncreek@huges.net
info@thelodgeatbigfalls.com
tumulkin@starband.net


Phone
722-2188
722-2678
722-2135
501-722-2878
501-6142518
501-722-2470
722-0193
604-3548
662-4475
722-2276
722-2300
722-0050
722-0193
722-2070
722-2625/2924
604-2124/6142080
671-7172
608-1070


Contact Person
Lisa Avila
Dan Castellanos
Robert Polonio
Rick & Darla Mallory
Dona Lee Scafe
Yvonne Villoria
Ovel Leonardo
Dennis Garbutt
lan & Kate Morton
Juli Puryear
Larry & Carol Smith
Ovel Leonardo
Carlo Wagner
Julio Requena
Frances Romero
Bruno & Melissa Kuppinger
Marta & Rob Hirons
Esther Sanchez Sho


RESTAURANTS IN PUNTA GORDA & AROUND TOLEDO

Business Name Address Type of Food Phone number

Carysha's/Deja Brew Cafe Queen Street, Central Park, PG Bagels, espresso, desserts 722-2276
Coleman's Restaurant Big Falls Village Belizean 720-2017

Dream Light Bar & Grill Main Street, PG Belizean

Earth Runnins Main Middle Street, PG Eclectic Belizean 702-2007

El Caf6 North Street, PG Belizean 207-2993

Emery's Restaurant Main Street, PG Sea Food/Belizean 722-2317

Fei Wang Main Street, PG Chinese 722-0037

Garays' Kitchen Water Supply area, Indianville Local Dishes 702-0144

Grace's Restaurant Main Street, PG Belizean/International 702-2414

Gomier's Restaurant & Soy Center Alejandro Vernon Street the Y intersection" Vegetarian 722-2929

Hang Cheong Restaurant 59 Main Street, PG Chinese 722-2064

Hickatee Cottages Ex-Service Men's Road to Boom Creek village Eclectic International 662-4475

Karamba's Restaurant Front Street, PG Belizean

Las Faldas Big Falls Village Belizean

Marenco's Ice Cream Parlor Main Street, PG Belizean /Spanish 702-2572

Marian's Bay View Restaurant Front Street, PG East Indian/Belizean 722-0129

Mira Mar Bar & Grill 95 Front Street, PG Belizean, burgers 722-2033

Obsession/Black Pearl Bar & Grill Sapodilla Street, Indian Ville Belizean 722-0193

Ramclam's Kitchen R.K. Pennell Boulevard PG Local Dishes

River's Vierw Bar & Grill Big Falls Village Belizean

SeaFront Inn Front Street, PG Breakfast only 722-2300

The Lodge at Big Falls Big Falls Village (dinner reservations required) Mediterranean/Middle East 671-7172

The Snack Shack Main Street (behind BTL), PG Breakfast, snacks, desserts 702-0020

Waluco's Bar & Grill Hopeville (across from the T.I.D.E. wharf) Belizean/International 665-3066
Distribution Points:

The Toledo Howler will normally be distributed at the Toledo Tourism Information Center, on Front street in Punta Gorda as well as at other
shops, restaurants and places of business of BTIA members. It can also be obtained at Maya Island Air and Tropic Air terminals around the
country.











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Vanilla Sub Umbra Floreo


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Vanilla Orchid

Vanilla has grown wild in Toledo's rainforest
since time immemorial and was harvested
by the ancient Mayans. Today, however,
most of the world's commercial vanilla is
grown half way around the world in Mada-
gascar. After a thousand year hiatus, an
interest in vanilla cultivation is once again
emerging in Toledo District. Sub Umbrea
Floreo (Latin for 'I flourish in the shade') is
the motto on the Belizean flag, and seems
an appropriate moniker for this beautiful and
fragrant orchid. A small vanilla growers
group has formed in Toledo. This group in-
cludes Ophelia Sanchez, Eugenio Ah, Tereso
Sho, Cancy Ramclam, Andy Jones, Teresa


Donovan, Lenna Morgan, Egbert Valencio,
Irma Gonzalez, Antonio Cucul and Louis
Ishim. It is just the beginning for this group,
but they will each be developing small model
vanilla plantations in their respective com-
munities.
Vanilla is an ideal crop for Toledo. It fetches
a higher price than any crop grown here,
including ganga.
Vanilla is an intensively managed plant, so
you don't need much land to make money
with it. In fact, worldwide, most vanilla is
grown by farmers who work less than 2 hec-
tares. It's also an ideal crop for women be-
cause it doesn't require heavy manual labor
or a big plantation far from the house, just
ordinary horticultural skills and the patience
to hand-pollinate each flower.
Because vanilla is a shade-loving high bush
plant, it is easily integrated into an agrofor-
estry system, such as a cacao plantation.
Agroforestry systems mimic the structure of
the primary rainforest and support biodiver-
sity while providing ecological services such
as water and soil retention, air purification
and wildlife habitat.
Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) is a vining orchid,
which begins to bear in 3 or 4 years. It is
grown from cuttings. To reach its full market
value and signature scent, it must also be


cured, a process which takes several
months.
As of today, no infrastructure exists in
Belize to cure or process vanilla, but
these things can develop, and in the
meantime vanilla lends itself well to
cottage industries. In major vanilla pro-
ducing areas of the world a whole va-
nilla-based tourism sector has sprung up
including such disparate things as va-
nilla farm tours, restaurants specializing
in vanilla, or fragrant miniature alliga-
tors woven from glossy vanilla beans.
Maya Mountain Research Farm near
Columbia Village has been cultivating
vanilla for the last 2 years, and have
250 vines on which they are keeping
exact horticultural and growth records.
In the next year a Toledo Organic Vanilla
Production Manual will be produced
which will help additional farmers begin
cultivating this cash crop. So... here's to
vanilla, a truly Belizean crop with huge
potential.
Internships and tours of the farm are avail-
able, and anyone with further Interest In
vanilla can contact Dawn Dean at
ddean@mmrfbz.org.











I YEAR 1, ISSUE 1


FESTIVAL FEVER


This has been a year of festival firsts for Toledo. The first Monkey
River Village Festival took place on the 18th & 19th August. Despite
concerns about Hurricane Dean, the village was in festive mood and
warmly welcomed hundreds of visitors to the tiny, seaside commu-
nity.
Highlights of the festival included a fishing competition, football
marathon, 'Tidy Yard' competition and face painting for the younger
visitors. Live music was supplied by the BDF band and the ever
popular Coolie Rebels.
No Belizean festival is complete without delicious, home-cooked
food and this festival was no exception. The mouth watering Creole
delicacies on offer included lobster, fish, garnaches (tostadas), lo-
cally reared lamb and blue crab soup.
Next year's Monkey River Village festival will take place earlier on


the 24th & 25th of May. The organizers say it will be even bigger and
better with stronger Creole themes. Be there or be square!
Also held this same weekend was the first annual Barranco Festival,
in the Garifuna village of Barranco, about an hour from PG. It was a
rainy day, but people still came out to celebrate with the folks from
this unique, usually tranquil village. Put on with help from radio
station KREM, the festival included football and basketball tourna-
ments, and Garifuna food such as Hudut. A good time was had by
all.
Other firsts for Toledo included the Cacao Festival in May and, more
recently, the East Indian festival on August 15th. All these festivals
are planned to be annual events and the Howler will keep readers
up to date on all of them. Watch this space...


CROCODILES ROCK!


Roaming the earth 84 million years ago, crocodiles are truly living
dinosaurs. Worldwide there are 23 species of Crocodilians, all of
which are in danger of extinction. The wetland habitats of Belize are
one of the last refuges for two species, the fresh water Morelet's
Crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii ) and the saltwater tolerant Ameri-
can Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus).
The American Crocodile Endangered Sanctuary (ACES) is a non-
profit organization committed to conserving Belize's critical habitats
and protected species, specifically American Crocodiles, through
scientific research and education. Just a few miles from PG, the
sanctuary is located seven tenths of a mile up the Rio Grande River
on a private canal. ACES's twenty acres is an educational wildlife
refuge for the monitoring and protection of Belize's American Croco-
diles.
Currently, a mating pair of American Crocodiles are residing in
ACES's natural and private sanctuary. A nine foot, nesting female,
and a severely injured, adult male. Most likely amputated by a ma-
chete, approximately three feet of his tail is missing. Without injury,
this animal's estimated length would have been over twelve feet. In
addition, the crocodile's right eye has been poked out. It is believed
the injuries were caused by poachers wanting the crocodile's tail
which can be sold for high dollars as food on the black market. It is
ACES's intent to reduce cruelty of this nature and protect these
endangered animals through public awareness and education. Also
residing on the property are several yearlings and sub-adults. A
Scientific Collection/Research Permit from the Belize Forest De-
partment of the Ministry of Natural Resources has been granted to
ACES so that crocodile tagging and sighting surveys can begin on
the Rio Grande River and Belize's Bay of Honduras coastal waters
later this year. The collected data will provide crucial information to
produce an essential assessment of hatchling and habitat viability,
along with a population distribution of American Crocodiles in this
region.
Sadly, Belize's crocodilian populations are decreasing due
to the destruction of major nesting grounds, low hatchling survival
rates, needless killings largely resulting from public ignorance and


insufficient means to adequately enforce protection laws. Nesting
areas on the cayes and mangrove areas are currently threatened by
Belize's impending development. In sight of this increase in compet-
ing forms of land use, not only are crocodile wetland habitats in
danger of devastation but crocodile and human encounters are im-
minent. ACES's considerable conservation efforts will not only pro-
tect American Crocodiles but will facilitate the collaboration of re-
searchers, educators, conservationists, and partner and non-partner
organizations while promoting community involvement and aug-
menting public awareness through education so that human-
crocodile interactions can become safer for both.
Still evolving, ACES is currently seeking funding through grants
and private donors for the construction of a sustainable refuge area
for nurturing vulnerable members of the species. This secure habitat
will enable professional care for ill/injured and problematic croco-
diles while providing study opportunities and safe observation of
these feared and yet admired reptiles.
For more information or to make a donation, contact ACES's Execu-
tive Director, Marine Biologist Cherie Chenot-Rose at P.O. Box 108,
Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize or email acesnpo@hughes.net. Online
donations may be made through ACE's stateside partner, American
Friends of Belize, americanfriendsofbelize.org.


Wan Lee Bit a Kriol Did you know...

"Yu no fi give yu fren peppa in a dey hand, cause it fi mek we quarrel." The village of Cattle Landing, I mile from Punta Gorda, is
If you give someone a chili pepper, set it on the table or plate. now a quiet place. But in the 1930's it was known for it's
Sn p i moonshine' by the name of Rocky Run Rum.
Do not put it in their hand, or you will quarrel in the future.


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r THE TOLEDO HOWLER


CAN YOU DIG IT?


ARCHAEOLOGY IN TOLEDO


For anyone with an interest in Mayan archaeology,
Toledo is the place to be. Some of the most thrill-
ing discoveries of recent years have been made
here.
Archaeologist Dr. Heather McKillop of Louisiana
State University has been working in Port Hondu-
ras Marine Reserve and Paynes Creek National
Park for the last 25 years. These areas were used
by the Maya in ancient times for sea trade and for
the mass production of salt. Demand for the salt
came from the large Mayan settlements of
Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit and further inland
from Caracol and Tikal. Dr. McKillop and her team
have discovered vast areas under water where


wooden structures once stood. No other wooden
buildings from the ancient Maya have been found
anywhere in Central America so these finds are ex-
tremely important. The wooden support posts, still
standing up, have been well preserved in the peat
bog just below the sea floor. Rising sea levels sub-
merged the structures and eventually buried them in
peat and fine silt.
The problem for Dr. McKillop and her team was figur-
ing out how to survey the sea floor in shallow water.
Working in deep water is much easier because ar-
chaeologists can use scuba equipment. In shallow
water of only a few feet, any movement will disturb
the fine silt bottom and reduce visibility to zero. The
team came up with some unique methods including
laying on flotation devices so they could float over
the bottom without disturbing it. They found a seabed
littered with artifacts from a bygone age.
In 2004 Dr.McKillop's team discovered a complete
wooden canoe paddle. It was immediately recog-
nized as ancient because of its distinctive shape
which appears on Mayan artwork. The paddle has
been carbon dated and is approximately 1300 years
old. This is the only canoe paddle ever found in the
Mayan world. (photo of paddle from famsi.org). Many
other fascinating artifacts have also been found.
Despite the difficulties of working under water,
the location has proved to be a perfect preserva-
tive for ancient artifacts, particularly wood which


normally decomposes quickly in the tropics.
Ancient wood is always an exciting find since
wood retains so much information about the
period it comes from. The salt works would
have been above water 1300 years ago,
according to Dr. McKillop. As the seas con-
tinue to rise, documenting these sites is a
high priority. Next year the team will be back
to continue the search for wooden architec-
ture. We wish them luck and look forward to
hearing about more exciting discoveries.
This research is under permit from the Belize
Institute of Archaeology and funded by the
National Science Foundation and the Na-
tional Geographic Society. A report of the
discovery of the canoe paddle, with photo-
graphs, is published on the internet at
www.famsi.org.
Paynes Creek and Port Honduras Marine
Reserve are also protected areas for wildlife,
including the West Indian manatee, and can
be visited by boat from Punta Gorda. For
more information about tours or about other
archaeological sites in Toledo,contact the
Toledo Tourist Information Office on 722-
2531 or visit the office on Front Street near
the market.


Tours operated by:


Sum Creek Lodge

and IBTM Tours



722-0112 or 600-8773


E-mail: ToledoTravelCenter@gmail.com


WAT'S COOKING!!!!

Potato Pun Preparation: dark brown and the middle is cooked inside when
lntfredientR- pricked.
Ingredients: 0 Wash and grate the sweet potato pricked
This dish is a traditional Creole food that is nor-
s Mix all the ingredients together and pre mally made at Easter time. Asmall piece of gin-
1 Ibs brown sugar ^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ ^^ ^ ^ that is grated into the mixture would give the
cook on stove top until the mixture obtains a ger that is grated into the mixture would give the
i tbs cinnamon powder light brown colordish added flavor and spice.
light brown color.
Itsp all spice
i tsp vanilla 0 Grease or butter a pan and transfer the
1 stick butter potato mixture into the baking pan
1 coconut that is grated & squeezed Bake at 3500 until edges are
3 cups or 2 large carnation mi


Corn Porridge

Ingredients:
2 cups of ground green corn
2 cups of water
3 cinnamon sticks
Milk


Sugar


Preparation:


* Put the two cups of corn and the cinna-
mon sticks in a skillet with 2 12 cups of water

* Stir occasionally when heating and con-
stantly after the mixture reaches boiling point
to avoid corn clumps in the porridge.
Cook until the mixture has thickened to your
satisfaction and add sugar and milk to taste


Serves 3


This porridge is made early in the corn season
while the corn is still young


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YEAR 1, ISSUE 1


TRANSPORT SCHEDULES



Bus Schedule for Buses leaving Punta Gorda


Departs Arrives In Price Service Type of
from Punta Belize City Service
Provider
Gorda
4:00am 11:00am $22 James Bus Line Regular

4:30am 9:15am $22 National Regular

Transport
5:00am 11:00am $22 Usher's Bus Regular
Line

5:30am 12:30pm $22 James Bus Line Regular

6:00am 11:00am $26 James Bus Line Express

6:00am 1:00pm $22 James Bus Line Regular

8:00am 3:00pm $22 James Bus Line Regular

9:00am 4:00pm $22 BBDC Regular

10:00am 5:00pm $22 James Bus Line Regular

12:00 noon 7:00pm $22 James Bus Line Regular

1:30pm 7:30pm $22 Usher's Bus Regular
Line

3:00pm 9:00pm $22 James Bus Line Regular



Tropic Air Flight Schedule from Punta Gorda



Flight Leave Arrive Cost in Bz
Belize International
310 7:00 8:10 $218 Adult & Child
340 9:40 10:50
350 11:35 12:40

360 1:35 2:45
380 4:00 5:00

Belize Municipal
310 7:00 8:00 Adult $185 Child-$130
340 9:40 10:40

350 11:35 12:35
360 1:35 2:35

380 4:00 5:00

Dangriga (DGA)
310 7:00 7:40 Adult $137 Child-$93

340 9:40 10:20
350 11:35 12:15
360 1:35 2:15
380 4:00 4:40

Placencia (PU)
310 7:00 7:20 Adult $84 Child-$54

340 9:40 10:00

350 11:35 11:55

360 1:35 1:55

380 4:00 4:20


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Boat Schedule from Punta Gorda


To Puerto Barrios

Exit fee is $7.50 BZ

Business Departs Arrive in Fare Days of Notes
Name & Punta Puerto depar-
Single
contact info Gorda Barrios ture
one way
Requena's 9:30am 10:30am $35 Mon-Sun Customers
Charters are asked to

tel:722-2070 arrive at the
customs at
Email: 9am for
watetaxi@btl.n
et customs
clearance.

Pichilingo 2:00pm 3:00pm $38 Mon-Sun
Marisol 4:00pm 5:00pm $43 Mon-Sun


Boat Schedule from Puerto Barrios


to Punta Gorda

Applicable exit fees and taxes: $80 Quetzals

Business Name Departs Arrive in Fare Days of
& contact Info Puerto Punta Gorda Departure
Single One
Barrios
way
Pichilingo 10:00am 11LO0am $35 Mon-Sun
Requena's Char- 2:00pm 3:00pm $38 Mon-Sun
ter Service

tel:722-2070

Email: water-
taxi@btl.net
Mari Sol 2:00pm 3:00pm $43 Mon-Sun


Maya Island Air Flights from Punta Gorda



PUNTA GORDA
FLIGHT # TZA-PND FLIGHT # PND-TZA

103 8:00 102 6:50

103 1:00 104 9:30

115 2:30 116 4:00










I THE TOLEDO HOWLER


Coral House Inn
BED, BREAKFAST AND BICYCLES


Step off of Main Street in Punta Gorda and
experience the intimate atmosphere of the
Coral House Inn, with spacious verandas
overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Amenities include Swimming pool, conti-
nental breakfast, wireless internet, poolside
bar and use of bicycles.


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79_22 878


EDITORIAL
For a few years now it has been said that tourism in Toledo was going
to explode. Well, it has not "exploded" yet but tourism in Toledo
grows year by year and is on an upward path. BTIA in Toledo thinks it
is time to shout about it.

So what better beast to help us spread the word than the Black
Howler Monkey whose calls echo daily from the Maya Mountains
across the lowland forests to the Gulf of Honduras. Toledo is one of
Belize's largest districts and there is plenty to howl about. We spe-
cialize in nature, culture and adventure with so much to offer in each.
The Toledo Howler will be our mouthpiece.

As we began to think about content for the paper we realized just how
much there is to write about and we will be including regular themed
features to let the world know just what wealth we have to share.

In our first issue we focus on the craft work of Fileon Choc from
Pueblo Viejo (page 3) who carves and sell calabashes. We will be
writing about other skilled craftspeople in the district and aim to help
increase our local craft exports to the rest of Belize by offering them a
shop window in the Howler. We will also be focusing on destinations
like Rio Blanco National Park (page 4) and activities such as kayak-
ing, caving, hiking and snorkeling.

We will highlight restaurants, accommodation and tour operators.
Read about Beya Suites run by Darius and Lisa Avila on page 1 the
winner of the 2006 Small Hotel of the Year Award Garbutt's Fishing
Lodge on Joe Taylor Creek is a new tour operator offering accommo-
dation and world class fly fishing guides for the Gulf of Honduras.

Our growth is being fuelled by a healthy mix of local and inward in-
vestment by people who share a love of the deep south. They also
share a commitment to a kind of sustainable tourism that brings
economic benefits to the wider community and demonstrates we
have more to gain by conservation than exploitation.

The Toledo Howler is a free paper and will be self sustaining through
advertising. Our colleagues in the Belize Chamber of Commerce can
grow their business and access Toledo's developing market through
advertising in the Howler. We will be publishing four times a year for
now. Get your copy, enjoy it, share it and then come and visit us in
Toledo, buy from us in Toledo and find partners in tourism to work
with in the south. Visitors always find a warm welcome here.


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there are no costs Involved, you nly pay
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TOLEDO'S #1 eCO-TOURIST DESTINATION!

One of the "must see" places in Belize
DEM DATS DOIN
More than a thousand species of exotic plants,

Over 100 varieties of tropical fruits.


Pick up a brochure at the Toledo Info Center, lequena Charters or Carysha's


Mail: demdatsdoin@btl.net


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r YEAR 1, ISSUE 1


SEPTEMBER CELEBRATIONS EVENT CALENDAR


September 02nd* Ecumenical Candle Light Central Park 7:00pm

September 07th* Mayor& Town Councilors' visit to urban schools Clean Up campaign (youths, schools, & NGO's)

September 08th* Mini Queen of the Bay: 6:00pm Karaoke Competition 3: Sports Complex 9:00pm

September 09th* Karaoke Completion 4: Sports Complex Fire Engine Motorcade 7pm Local Concert: Sports Complex 8pm

September 10th** Battle ofSt George's Cay Day


September 12th Children's Talent Show: Central Park 7pm Cultural Awareness Day

September 13th* Social Studies Quiz Contest (High school) Karaoke Contest (High school): Civic Center (Central Park) 5:00pm

September 14th* Children's Rally: Central Park 9:30am

September 15th Miss Toledo 2007 Pageant 7pm & Dance 10:30pm-4am: Sports Complex

September 16th* Football Marathon: Union Field 7pm Volley Ball Tournament, Dominos Tournament, Billiard Tournament

September 19th* Poetry, Song, & Story Telling Competition: Central Park 7:00pm

September 20th Sounding of Sirens & Motorcade 7pm Karaoke Finals7:30-11pm Flag Raising Ceremony 11:50pm Dance with Coolie Rebels:

September 21st ** Independence Day
Sounding of Sirens 6am Official Ceremony at Central Park 10am

Judging of floats & uniform parade All day block party with Coolie Rebels 6pm


TOLEDO EVENTS

CALENDAR 2007
October
12th Pan American day
November
17th-19th Fisherman's Festival, TIDE Compound
19th- Garifuna Settlement Day
December
25th -Christmas Day
26th -Boxing Day


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and retirement village

*Swimming pool with waterfall, lounge chairs and palapas to shade
you. Pool open to public. Piver access for swimming fishing."
*Hot showers, A/C, meeting facilities, volleyball court."
*Full Kitchen facilities in every unit; meals available*
"Inland and sea tours available with our licensed Maya guide*
Located at the end of Papishaw
Road, Eldridgeville.
Email: cuslinha@hotmail.com.
ChecK us out at our website at:
www.cuslinha.com
Dona Scafe: 011-501-(C14-2516
2001 special: $q199USD+ tar:
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Dream Light Computer Center
Internet for .10' a minute, Student Discounts, Printing starting at .30
per page, A/C, Repairs, International Phone calls starting at .25 a min.,
Lowest Prices in town. Money gram agent, Mari Sol Boat agent to Guate-
mala
(Located just past Texaco on Main Street, below Dream Light Club.)
702-0113/607-0033 dreamlightpg@vahoo.com or
timdami01@vahoo.com

The Added Touch
For all your hotel and gift shop supplies: soaps, shampoos, linens and
towels, Belize books, souvenirs, sun block. 223-1461 or rrobin@btl.net


B's Kitchen-Jose Maria Nunez Street, Punta Gorda Town. For fried
chicken, burgers, burritos etc. Delicious fast food to go. Come full
your belly!

Great Value Advertizing in the Howler Promote your business in
our classified section $25 for up to 21 words! Phone 722-2276


BTIA's distinguished octagonal Information Center on Front street in Punta
Gorda. All you need to know about Toledo is inside


The unique Indigenous Exper

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Na Luum Ca Villages.

Contact Yvonne at 722-2470 Leonie at 7

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