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Title: Toledo Howler
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Language: English
Creator: Marta Hirons; Rob Hirons
Publisher: Toledo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association
Place of Publication: Punta Gorda,Toledo District, Belize
Publication Date: August 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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The Toledo Howler


Newspaper of the Toledo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association


AUGUST 2009


YEAR 3, ISSUE 1


Belize Media Visit Toledo


INSIDE THIS ISSUI


Media Visit to
Toledo
New BTL Tower
on Lindo Hill

Calendar of
Events

Archaeology:
New Dig at
Lubaantun
Restaurant
Guide
Craft Focus:
Micaela Wewe

Map of P.G.

Gems of Toledo:
West Snake
Caye
BTIA Members

Transport
Schedules
Accommodation:
Cotton Tree
Lodge

Arzu on Medici-
nal Plants:
Graviola
Southern
Voices:
Pulcheria Teul
Birding Hot-
spots
Butterflies Ga-
lore

Tour Operator:
Machaca Hill
Wat's Cookin:
Plantain Soup

Map of Toledo

Classified Ads


Toledo welcomed visitors from
the Belize media on the week-
E end of July 18 and 19. The trip
was organized by the Belize
Tourism Board and included TV
1 reporters from Channels 5 &
7and radio presenters from
2 Love FM Wave Radio and Krem
Radio. There were also print
journalists from national papers
3 The Guardian and Amandala
and The Placencia Breeze, San
4 Pedro Sun and Ambergris Today
represented the regional press.
The group sampled both reef
5 and rainforest. Bruno Kup-
pinger organized the inland sec-
5 tor. They visited Blue Creek
Cave, Lubaantun Mayan site
and a Cacao trail tour in San
6 Pedro Columbia. Dennis Gar-
butt, current chair of Toledo
6 BTIA took everyone to West
Snake Caye on Sunday morning.
S The group was escorted by
Lorraine Herrera, Product Devel-


opment Officer at the BTB and
her colleague Kenisha Stephen.
Lorraine said that although she
has traveled widely in Belize
through her work with BTB she
felt that Toledo is somehow spe-
cial. She was amazed by the
color of the waters at West
Snake Caye and found the ca-
cao trail visit very educational.
Back home in Belize city she
was trying to persuade her
neighbour who had plans to
travel to Miami that she should
think about coming down here
where many properties such as
the Lodge at Big Falls offer 50%
discounts on published rates for
Belizeans, making a visit down
here affordable for many.
At West Snake Caye Dennis Gar-
butt, chair of the Toledo BTIA
Chapter commented on Toledo's
advantages. "It's unique, you
can do all these activities here
in the marine area and then
there are the foothills of the


Digging Deeper

A new dig began this
year at the Lubaantun
Mayan site led by Geof-
frey Braswell of the De-
partment of Anthropol-
ogy at the University of
California, San Diego.
Full story on page 4


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13 zarre hairstyle never seen before Her hairdresser
could make a fortune today

14 New Features in this Issue

15 Birding HotspotS: Lee Jones on where to go birding in
Toledo on page
16 Toledo Voices: A series of interviews with Toledo resi-
dents. This issue the Howler speaks to Senator Pulcheria
16 Teu
Teul.


Mayan mountains so you go up
the river, we doing some lovely
river tours where you can see
the monkeys, the crocodile on
the river side and also kayaking
down the river and this is one of
the places that you can actually
be at a Mayan temple in the
next half hour or hour. And so it
is a unique spot in Belize."
Dorian Nunez of "Ambergris To-
day" was visiting Toledo for the
first time. He says it surpassed
his expectations and he was
amazed at the beauty of the
area with the highlight of the trip
being swimming in Blue Creek
Cave.
The group was accommodated
at The Lodge at Big Falls and
Sun Creek Lodge. Dinners were
hosted by Coleman's Cafe in Big
Falls and Marian's Bay View
Restaurant in Punta Gorda.


New BTL Services

"Allo, Allo!" Inland Toledo
moves into the modern age
with new telecommunica-
tions services. See page 2 for
full story.


BTIA's distinctive octagonal Informa-
tion Center on Front street in Punta
Gorda All you need to know about
Toledo is inside
Join BTIA and displayyour promotional
materials in the information center
Join BTIA and make a difference


Contact Toledo BTIA at the Tourism Information Center,
Front St., Punta Gorda Tel. 722-2531 E-mail btiatoledo@btl.net
Chair: Dennis Garbutt, Secretary: Karel Kuran, Treasurer: Dona
Scafe

Contact The Howler Editorial Team
Tel. 722-2531 E-mail btiatoledo@btl.net
Features Editor: Marta Hirons 671-7172, Advertising and Produc-
tion Manager: Rob Hirons 671-7172, Editorial Assistant Shieba
Chun 722-2531


FREE








TIDE
/WEEKEND


Climate Change Art Show
Friday, 9th October 2009 7:00pm

3rd Annual
Miss Conservation Competition
The Theme is "Climate Change"
Saturday, 10th October 20097:00pm

7th Annual
TIDE Fish Fest
Sunday, 11th October 2009 Starting at 10:00am

Main activities/Competitions include:
Fishing Paddling Dory & Outboard Engine
Kayaking on the Rio Grande River
Cast Net Throwing, Coconut Husking, Punta Contest,
Tug o War, Greasy Pole and Children's Activities

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call 501 722-2431 / 2274
E-mail: awilliams@tidebelize.org
rdawson@tidebelize.org


New BTL Tower on Lindo Hill
Driving along the highway between Big Falls and the
Dump area, you can't miss BTL's new 300 foot tower
on Lindo Hill which has been under construction for the
last few months.
BTL has told The Howler this new telecommunications
tower will allow all their wireless services for residents
within a ten mile radius. These services will include
'home' fixed cell lines, digicell mobile phones and wire-
less internet.
Wireless services have been promised to inland Toledo
for many years so this is very good news. Given the hilly
terrain of the district, it is difficult to predict exactly how
many households will be able to receive the signal.
However, villages which should have no trouble access-
ing these services include Big Falls, Hicatee, San Mi-
guel, Silver Creek, San Pedro Columbia, Dump, San
Marcos, Mafredi, Indian Creek and parts of San Anto-
nio. Communities from the Dump area to Punta Gorda,
which lie between the new tower and the one in PG,
should also be able to receive the signal. BTL says their
new wireless services will be available by the end of
September 2009 and they will begin advertising for
new subscribers soon.
Reliable telecommunications are an integral part of
development and these services will give many more
Belizeans the opportunity to participate in the wider
economy. Tour operators visiting the area with guests
will also be able to keep in touch with their home base.


TIDE '.
TOURS

Fish Fest Special

Snorkeling Trip to Snake Cayes
Saturday 10th October 2009
BZ$ 75.00 per person
Come and cool off in the beauti-
ful waters surrounding the
Snake Cayes in Port Honduras
Marine Reserve. Departing at
9am from Joe Taylor Creek, a
40-minute boat ride will take you
to the beautiful island of West Snake Caye.
Rio Blanco + Blue Creek Cave
Monday 12th October 2009
BZ$ 85.00 per person
SJoin us for a fun-packed day trip
to the beautiful Rio Blanco wa-
terfalls and Blue Creek Cave,
formed around 200 million years
ago.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
41 Front Street, Punta Gorda, Belize
Tel: 501 722-2129 E-mail:
info@tidetours.org Web: www.tidetours.org


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Calendar of Events
Date Event Venue / Time Other Info


24th-26th Deer Dance San Antonio Church. In the
Aug. San Antonio Village yard between the primary
school and church / Starts
9am

9th Oct TIDE WEEKEND
Climate Change Art Show Parish Hall, PG / 7pm



10th Oct Miss Conservation Competition Parish Hall, PG / 7pm Entrance fee
Theme: 'Climate Change'

11th Oct TIDE Fish Fest TIDE Pier, Hopeville / starts Activities & Games
10am (see ad page 2)

14th Nov TOLTEX
A celebration of Toledo's cultural and economic Central Park, PG /
diversity

14th Nov Battle of the Drums Sports Complex, PG / 7pm General Admission: $10
in advance, $15 at the
door

15th Nov Paranda Top Ten on Love FM: Live from Beya Suites/ start-
-includes live performances from local ing 1pm
paranderos, interviews & phone-ins


The Paranda Top Ten is a live
broadcast on the national radio sta-
tion, Love FM. The broadcast will
take place from Beya Suites and will
highlight the music of paranderos in
Belize and across the Garifuna Dias-
pora. There will also be live enter-
tainment from local paranderos in-
cluding Paul Nabor. The Broadcast
will commence at 1:00 pm on Sun-
day, November 15, 2009. The
broadcast attracts people from
across Punta Gorda Town and also,
via the internet, paranda lovers from
all parts of the world. During the
broadcast, people interviewed are
normally showered with international
calls as people from abroad call in to
say that they are tuned in and enjoy-
ing the show.


The Battle of the Drums Competition and
Show is a drumming competition and
show that allows groups to compete and
display their musical artistry in playing
five (5) different categories of Garifuna
drumming. The first event was held in
Punta Gorda Town on November 17,
2006 and was well received by specta-
tors from home and abroad. In 2008 the
event evolved into an international drum-
ming competition and show involving
nine drumming groups from various parts
of Belize as well as from neighboring
Guatemala and Honduras. This competi-
tion and show has the potential to be-
come a major tourist attraction and a
catalyst for significant economic activity
in the Punta Gorda Area during the pe-
riod when it is hosted.


TOLTEX is a celebration of the rich-
ness and diversity of tourism in
Toledo which:
+ Builds pride and confidence in
our heritage
+ Generates economic benefits
for our people
+ Minimizes negative effects of
tourism on the environment
Featuring
+ Stalls exhibiting tourism prod-
ucts
+ local crafts
+ local musicians and
+ local food from our diverse ethic
communities
+ competitions and prizes


For all your real es-

tate needs contact

Mr. Tony Monsanto

Century 21

Representative

in Southern Belize
Cell: +501-624-3734

Fax: +501-722-0303

Email: amonsanto@century21 belize.com or
mosantony@yahoo.com







New Archaeological Dig Begins at Lubaantun


This June saw the start of a new
excavation at Lubaantun ar-
chaeological site near San Pedro
Columbia village (see Toledo map
on back page).
The project is led by Geoffrey
Braswell, professor of anthropol-
ogy at the University of California,
San Diego. Geoff has worked in
Toledo since 2001, particularly at
the Pusilha Mayan site. Working
with Geoff on this project is
Megan Pitcavage, a graduate
student at UCSD. Megan has
also worked at Pusilha since
2007.
The new project is called the
Toledo Regional Interaction
Project, or TRIPS, and is being
initially funded by seed grants
from The National Geographic
and UCSD Faculty Senate. It is
hoped the project will last for
5 years, with work continuing
at Lubaantun and starting in
2010 at Nim Li Punit as well.
The aim of TRIPS is to find out
more about how the various
Toledo Mayan sites interacted
with each other. According to
Geoff, the questions they want to
answer include "... were Lubaan-
tun, Nim Li Punit, Pusilha and Ux-
benka part of the same political
unit or were they separate petty
states? Did they share in a
single unified economy or
were they essentially inde-
pendent? Were they settled
by ethnically similar Maya
peoples, or-like today- was
ancient Toledo a cosmopoli-
tan and multi-ethnic place?"
Together with eleven local
men from Columbia village,
the team began work on two
linked structures at the west-
ern edge of Plaza VII (known Thet
as the Butterfly Plaza). elite
trenc
Geoff says these stone struc-
tures supported a domestic dwell-
ing made from perishable materi-
als. This is the first time a domes-
tic household has been excavated
at Lubaantun, rather than a tem-
ple, ball court or specialized struc-
ture. They know the structures
were domestic because of the
types of materials found: serving
vessels, food and water storage
containers and lots of "pur"
shells-the common river snails


which are still eaten today. There
were no incense burners or other
specialized religious pottery.
The residents would have been
elite members of the community,
based on the dwelling's location
in the centre of the city. Their
status is also reflected in the
sheer quantity of stone work
which would have represented a
considerable investment.


The TRIPS team at Lubaantun in June.
The team is gathering information
to help answer their questions
through the recovery of artifacts
including pottery, tools, human
bones and the architecture itself.
They will also be studying hiero-
glyphic monuments, mainly from
Pusilha and Nim Li Punit.
Pottery styles and designs indi-


wo stone structures which once supported an
domestic residents. The remains of a looters
h can be seen in the center

cate the extent to which different
cities interacted with each other.
Also important is the way pottery
was used at different sites, includ-
ing the types of foods stored in
the pots. Diet is a good indicator
of whether there was shared eth-
nicity between the cities. For ex-
ample, the inhabitants of Pusilha
mostly ate tortillas whereas the
inhabitants of Lubaantun proba-


bly ate most of their maize in the
form of tamales, atole or beer.
The study of hieroglyphic texts
also indicate connections be-
tween cities, since the ancient
Maya mainly recorded political
events such as royal marriages,
battles and ambassadorial visits
between cities.
Although Lubaantun has revealed
almost no texts, about 60 carved
monuments have been found at
other local sites. Interestingly,
and despite their physical
closeness, none of these texts
has so far made any mention of
their neighbors in the area.
. Geoff says this could indicate
total independence or simply
mean they were so closely tied
that they didn't feel the need to
mention each other. Geoff and
his team hope to solve this mys-
tery during the TRIPS project.
The domestic dwelling exca-
vated this year has been dated
to around 800 AD and was lived
in for 100-150 years. Most of the
information gleaned from the
dwelling came from a very large
trash dump beneath the struc-
ture. Lubaantun is famous for its
figurines and the TRIPS team
found many in the trash under the
structure. However none were
found on top or around the house
platform which could mean they
were from an earlier era.
Next year, the team plan to ex-
tend their excavation to the
main plaza at Lubaantun. Some
of the oldest structures in the
site are here, though deeply
buried beneath the present
ground level. They hope to get
a better idea of when Lubaan-
tun was first inhabited. The cur-
rent theory says the site was
founded in the 8th century,
which is oddly late for a Mayan
city. It may be that a much ear-
lier foundation will be discovered.
The team will also start excavat-
ing at Nim Li Punit. Geoff and
Megan believe Nim Li Punit is
likely to be the major site of
Toledo with the greatest number
of secrets to reveal. We wish the
team happy digging and promise
to keep our readers updated on
this exciting project.








Restaurant Guide

Name Address Cuisine Phone Opening Hours

Coleman's Cafe Big Falls Village, near the Belizean 720-2017 Daily: 11:30- 4pm & 6- 9pm [ Res-
rice mill ervations Preferred ]
Earth Runnins' Caf6 and Main Middle Street, PG Belizean/ 702-2007 Wed-Sun: 7am-2pm & 5-11pm
Bukut Bar International 600-9026
Gomier's Restaurant and Alejandro Vernon St, near Vegetarian / Seafood 722-2929 Mon-Sat: 8am-2pm & 6-9pm.
Soy Centre PG welcome sign Closed Sundays
Grace's Restaurant Main St. PG Belizean/ Interna- 702-2414 Daily: 6am-10pm, including holidays
tional
HangCheong Main St, PG Chinese 722-2064 Daily: 10am-2pm & 5pm-midnight
Restaurant
The Lodge at Big Falls Big Falls Village, near the International/ Beliz- 671-7172 Daily: 11:30am 2pm & 6:30 -
rice mill ean/ Middle Eastern 614-2888 9pm [ Reservations Required ]
Mangrove Restaurant Cattle Landing, by the curve Belizean/ Interna- 722-2270 Daily: 5pm-10pm. [Reservations
tional preferred]
Marenco's Restaurant & Ice 57 Main St, PG Belizean/Seafood/ 702-2572 Mon-Sat: 9am-2pm & 5-10pm. Sun-
Cream Parlor Ice Cream/ Snacks & days: 5-10pm
pastries
Marian's Bay View Restau- Front St, south of the mar- East Indian/ Belizean 722-0129 Mon-Sat: 11am 2pm & 6 10pm
rant ket by the sea Sun & Hols: noon 2pm & 7 9pm
Martina's Kitchen BTL parking lot, PG Belizean 623-3330 Mon-Sat: 7am-3pm. Closed on Sun-
days
Mom's Restaurant Queen St, PG, by the park Belizean 620-1607 Mon-Sat: 6 am-2 pm &
661-1359 4-9 pm Closed Sundays
Rainforest Cafe Big Falls Village, just south Belizean 669-0080 Daily: lOam-lOpm
of the bridge
Reef Bar & Restaurant Front St, upstairs by the International/ 625-8652 Daily: 10am-2pm & 4pm-midnight.
market Belizean Closed on Tuesdays
Sho's Local Restaurant& Entrance to Blue Creek Belizean/ Catering 603-3081 Mon-Sat: 7am-8pm. Closed Sun-
GroceryShop Village 668-0119 days. Group reservations required
The Snack Shack BTL parking lot, PG Breakfast & lunch/ 702-0020 Mon-Sat: 7am 4pm. Closed Sun-
Snacks, shakes, days
juices & pasties
Waluco's Opposite TIDE pier in Hope- belizean/Last In- 670-3672 Mon-Thurs: 7am-2pm & 5-10pm.
ville dia seafood/ Weekends: 7am-late
Catering
All restaurants in Toledo district are welcome to appear in the Restaurant Guide. There is a BZ$5 charge for each listing or BZ$15 for ad-
vance payment for one year (4 listings). Please contact the BTIA Tourist Information Center in PG for more information. Phone: 722-2531


Craft Focus: Micaela Wewe, Much Nalil Women's Group


Micaela Wewe (left) displays pottery and base
ally woven Mopan Maya blouses

Micaela Wewe of San Antonio village
was a founder of what must be one of
the earliest women's co-operative craft
groups in Toledo. It was established
twenty years ago under the auspices of
the Belize Rural Women's Association
which operated in those days from Bel-
mopan.
Micaela originally joined up with three
other women who produced clay bowls,
pots, earrings, bracelets, beads and
whistles. They then diversified into pro-
duction of jippi jappa baskets and em-
broidery.
Ten years ago the group became the


Much Nalil
Women 's
Group which
brought to-
gether crafts
women from
a number of
smaller
groups. The
Same itself
c means a
S "coming to-
gether". The
group sur-
vives until
today but
has had
t work and models tradition- many ups
and downs
over the
years. Like so many people attempting
similar enterprises the group has been
held back by their remoteness and the
lack of telecommunications in the rural
areas. Nowadays the group will make
crafts to order and Mrs Wewe can be
contacted through her daughter Luisa.
The clay pottery making process is long
and labor intensive. Once the clay has
been dug it is wetted and pushed
through a sieve and then combined with
lime produced from the shells of the
jute, a freshwater snail. The snails are
boiled and eaten and the shells saved.
They are then burnt in a fire until they
turn white when they are ground into a


fine powder. This is combined little by
little with the clay until the clay no longer
sticks to the hand. The clay is then ready
to mould. Without the addition of lime
the finished products would break easily.
The moulded clay is then set aside and
every three days over a period of a
month the clay is scraped inside and out
and smoothed with a piece of calabash
shell and other fine abrasives. At the
end of the month the clay is placed in-
side a fire of dried corn cobs and fired
until the corn cobs turn to powder
around the finished piece.
San Antonio is the largest Mopan Maya
village in Toledo and the Mopan women
wear traditional blouses with black and
white embroidered borders (see picture).
The embroidery incorporates traditional
designs and representations of birds
such as the great curassow. The curas-
sow is a bird of the high bush which nor-
mally avoids inhabited areas but it is
said that these birds, along with the
crested guan and animals such as the
warrie( a kind of wild boar), will approach
villages at the feasts of Christmas and
Easter. Mrs Wewe herself testifies to
having been visited by a curassow in her
garden in the middle of the village on
one of these occasions.
Contact: Order products from the Much
Nalil women' group by calling Luisa
Wewe 660-4105








Punta Gorda


Services ,
A Texaco filling station
B James Bus Une Jo. Tay
C Police Station 722-2022 Crek
D BTL office Public phones
E Post Office
F Customs & Immigration
G Belize Bank
H Tropic Air
I Maya Island Air
3 Hospital 722-2026 or 722-2161
K Toledo Travel Centre

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Business on the Map
BTIA is businesses work-
ing together to promote
Toledo district as a tour-
ism destination.
Join now and get a FREE
blank copy of the PG town
map. Use the map to pro-
duce your own promo-
tional literature for your
business.
The BTIA membership year
runs from January to De-
cember so apply now to
put your business on the
map from the beginning of
2010.

How Do I Join BTIA?
Visit www.btia.org to read
about BTIA and all the
other membership bene-
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in to Shieba chun at the


s Tourism Information Cen-
/1 ter on Front St.
/ BTIA Members in Punta Gorda BTIA meets monthly on
l. eaSultes Wednesdays at the Tour-
2. Garbwuts Marne investment
S3. arbs Frlne nnt ism Information Center on
3. Toe So Fnmt Inn
4. Toledo EcotourismAssocaton Front Street. Be a part of
5. Requenas CharterServce BTIA and make a practical
Maya Bags, Bele Crat LUd. contribution to the eco-
/I y^ 7. Blue Belte Guest House & Tours n c dt
8. Coal House Inn nomc development of
9. Hickatee Cottages imua or P Toledo District.
on Ex-Serawwnt Road
10. Scotia Bank
11. TIDE Tours










West Snake Caye: Better Than Ever picnic tables. A toilet and changing
room are also in the planning stage.
West Snake Caye is truly a gem of a servation tower which is just visible
The cleanliness of the beach has
destination. With its crystal clear above the tree line. Both are open
sometimes been an issue in the
turquoise bay, coral gardens and
white sand beach, this two acre past. Mr Chan tells us that the
white sand beach, this two acre
rangers are now cleaning both
island is one of the most visitedranr ar ing
the beach and interior of the
destinations in Toledo. And be- the beach and interior of the
ing only ten miles from PG, the island every week. This should
add to the delightful feeling of
island is an easy day trip from
any part of the district, being on an idyllic Caribbean
any part of the district.
hideaway.
Recent improvements have
West Snake Caye is a must for
made the island even better.
TIDE (Toledo Institute for Devel- any visitor to the district and the
TIDE (Toledo Institute for Devel-
Howler team supports TIDE's
opment and the Environment) -.-.
efforts to keep this jewel pristine
manages the Port Honduras Ma-
.- for the future of eco-tourism in
rine Reserve of which West
e e -- Toledo. Talk to your hotel or con-
Snake Caye is a part TIDE's
The new observation tower at West Snake Caye tact the BTIA office in PG for more
current park manager is Seleem
information about visiting West
Chan. Mr Chan told the Howler they
han. Mr Chan told the Howler they to visitors. They have also built a Snake Caye.
now have a ranger sub-station on
large palapa and are constructing
the island along with a 40 foot ob-







BTIA TOLEDO MEMBERS 2009

Business Name Email Phone Contact Person
Belize Crafts Ltd, Maya Bags belizeexecutivedirector@mayabags.org 722-2175 Desiree Arnold
Beya Suites info@beyasuites.com 722-2188 Lisa Avila
Blue Belize Guest House & Tours info@bluebelize.com 722-2678 Dan Castellanos & Rachel Graham
Carlo Wagner stcharlespg@btl.net 722-0193 Carlo Wagner
Coral House Inn coralhousebelize@yahoo.com 722-2878 Rick & Darla Mallory
Cotton Tree Lodge chris@cottontreelodge.com 670-0557 Chris Crowell
Cuxlin Ha Retirement Village cuxlinha@hotmail.com 501-614-2518 Dona Lee Scafe
Dem Dats Doin demdatsdoin@btl.net 501-722-2470 Yvonne Villoria
Garbutt's Marine Investment Co. garbuttsmarine@yahoo.com 604-3548 Dennis Garbutt
Hickatee Cottages cottages@hickatee.com 662-4475 lan & Kate Morton

The Lodge at Big Falls info@thelodgeatbigfalls.com 671-7172 / 614-2888 Marta & Rob Hirons
Machaca Hill Lodge info@machacahill.com 722-0050 Brian Gardiner
Maya Ant and Bee Group Loctn. Indianville, Punta Gorda Agapito Shal
Requena's Charter Service watertaxi@btl.net 722-2070 Julio Requena
Romero's Charter Service rcharters@btl.net 722-2625/2924 Frances Romero
Scotia Bank elvis.perez@scotiabank.com 722-0098/0099 Elvis Perez
The Sea Front Inn larry@seafrontinn.com 722-2300 Larry & Carol Smith
Sun Creek Lodge suncreek@hughes.net 600-8773/614-2080 Bruno & Melissa Kuppinger
TIDE Tours info@tidetour.org 722-2129 Karel Kuran
Toledo Eco-Tourism Association teabelize@yahoo.com 722-2531 Vicente Sackul / Reyes Chun
Toledo Tour Guides Association info@toledotourguides.org 665-6778 Bruno Kuppinger
Tranquility Lodge info@tranquility-lodge.com 677-9921 Sheila & Rusty Nale


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Where to get your copy of

The Toledo Howler:


* BTIA Tourist Information Center,
Front St in Punta Gorda
* Tropic Air and Maya Island Air ter-
minals throughout Belize
* Business premises of BTIA mem-
bers in Toledo (see list above).
* Tropic Air office in Puerto Barrios,
Guatemala.
* Requena's Charters office in
Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.
* Placencia Tourist information Cen-
ter, Placencia Village
* Gas stations on Southern and
Western Highway
* Online at
www.belizefirst.com;
www.ecoclub.com;
www.ambergriscaye.com and
www.expatbelize.com






TRANSPORT SCHEDULES

Schedule of Flights from Punta Gorda To Belize City and from Belize City To Punta Gorda

Flights stop at Placencia & Dangriga
Depart Punta Gorda Arrive In Belize City Service Provider Depart Belize City Arrive In Punta Gorda Service Provider
6:45am 7:45am Maya Island Air 8:00am 9:00am Maya Island Air
7:00am 8:10am Tropic Air 8:30am 9:30am Tropic Air
9:30am 10:30am Maya Island Air 10:00am 11:00am Maya Island Air

9:40am 10:50am Tropic Air 10:30am 11:30am Tropic Air
11:30am 12:30pm Maya Island Air 12:30pm 1:30pm Tropic Air

11:35am 12:40pm Tropic Air 2:30pm 3:30pm Tropic Air

1:35pm 2:45pm Tropic Air 2:30pm 3:50pm Maya Island Air

4:00pm 5:00pm Maya Island Air 4:30pm 5:30pm Maya Island Air

4:00pm 5:00pm Tropic Air 4:50am 6:00pm Tropic Air

Schedule of Buses leaving Punta Gorda
Departs from Punta Gorda Arrives in Belize City Service Provider Type of Service
4:00am 10:00am James Bus Une Regular
5:00am 11:00am James Bus and Usher's Bus Une Regular

6:00am 11:00am James Bus Une Express
6:00am 12:30pm James Bus Une Regular
8:00am 2:30pm James Bus Une Regular
10:00am 4:30pm James Bus line Regular
12noon 6:30pm James Bus Une Regular

1:30pm 7:30pm Usher's Bus Une Regular
2:00pm 7:30pm James Bus Une Regular
3:00pm 8:30pm James Bus Une Regular
5:00pm To Dangriga El Buen Pastor Daily

Boats To Puerto Barrios and Livingston, Guatemala
Service Provider Dep. Punta Gorda Arrive in Puerto Barrios Dep. Puerto Barrios Arrive in Punta Gorda

Requena's Charter Service 9:30am 10:30am 2:00pm 3:00pm

Pichilingo 2:00pm 3:00pm 10:00am 11L00am

Marisol 4:00pm 5:00pm 1:00pm 3:00pm

Boats to Livingston depart on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.


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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Accommodation: Cotton Tree Lodge


Cotton Tree Lodge opened its doors
on the 1st of January 2007. Chris
Crowell, who manages the lodge,
bought the land with his partner,
Jeff Pzena and several other inves-
tors in 1991. The grounds are com-
prised of 100 acres along the Moho
River, with about 1500 yards of
river frontage (or 3 football fields as
Chris puts it). Access to the lodge is
via the San Felipe Road. There is a
sign on the highway at the turning,
near the village of Jacintoville (see
Toledo map on back page).
The reason for the name becomes
obvious as you reach the car park
and see a magnificent cotton tree
(also known as ceiba) towering in
front of you. Chris figures the tree is
over 100 years old.
Chris, originally from the U.S., is a
long time resident of Toledo. Before
going into the lodging business, he
owned a charter boat company
which operated out of PG.


Raised walkways at Cotton Tree Lodge


Given their riverside location and
Toledo's annual rainfall, Cotton
Tree Lodge wisely built raised walk-
ways between all buildings, most of
which are also on raised platforms.
The main lodge building, the heart
of the property, is a spectacular 16-


sided structure with a high,
rounded thatched roof. Inside,
guests enter a large dining area
with locally made wood furniture
and decor. The bar, gift shop and
tour desk are also here.
Cotton Tree Lodge has 11 cabanas.
Deluxe cabanas have private veran-
dahs and riverfront view. Most
standard cabanas also have river
views but no verandah. Family ca-


Enjoy the wildlife from your pnvate verandah

banas are delightfully laid out with
a mezzanine bedroom for the kids
above and parent's bedroom be-
low. There is also a honeymoon ca-
bana which boasts its own jacuzzi
looking down on the river. It's invit-
ing enough to make you want to get
married again! Cotton Tree has also
added a jungle cabana, which is off
down a short trail into the forest.
The more rustic jungle cabana sits
high off the ground and feels like a
tree house a must for more ad-
venturous visitors who don't mind
being woken up by howler monkeys
outside their windows in the morn-
ing. Each cabana is beautifully
decorated with polished tropical
hardwoods and ethnic design de-
tails and each bed has a hanging
mosquito net draped above it.


SLuxurious rverside jacuzzi in the Honeymoon suite


SCotton Tree's restaurant is full ser-
vice and uses mostly local, fresh
ingredients. In fact, they have their
I own organic vegetable garden on
Sthe property which guests can visit.
The lodge also has fresh eggs for
breakfast each morning from their
own chickens.
Onsite activities include horseback
riding, river swimming & kayaking.
This year, the lodge purchased a
Mennonite style cart pulled by a
horse which Chris says is a big hit
with visitors.
Cotton Tree chocolate was the
brain child of Chris's US-based part-
ner, Jeff Pzena, and is now manu-
factured in PG and sold throughout
the district The lodge encourages
guests to plant a cacao seed during
their visit, which will then be cared
for and planted out when ready.
Guests are kept updated on their
tree's progress.


For more information
and reservations:
Phone: 670-0557
Email: info@cottontreelodge.com.
And check out their website at:
www.cottontreelodge.com


The Added Touch

New Items and New Stock with expanded lines in ho-
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Linens: Blankets, mattress protectors, pillow protectors, single and dou-
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Amenities: Mini sizes, dispensers & gallon sizes in body wash, shampoo NEW ITEMS
and conditioner
Libbey Glassware 45 styles inc. mojito glass and a 15oz. Hurricane perfect for a rum punch or pina co-
lada!
Plasticware for poolside...margarita, hurricane, martini, rocks!
Coffee: In-room coffee now available in decaf!
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Arzu on Medicinal Plants: Soursop, Graviola, Guanabana


Graviola produces a large, heart- The tea made from the leaves of
shaped, edible fruit, yellow-green in this tree is not only delicious and
color, with a white tasty flesh inside, nutritious, but is most effective for
This small evergreen tree with large, soothing the nerves and related
glossy, dark green leaves has a long nervous conditions. For blood sugar
and rich history of use in traditional imbalances like diabetes, the bark,
medicine. Graviola, more com-
monly known as soursop, is in-
digenous to Central America and
grows easily in the warm tropical
climate of southern Belize.
Though Graviola's claim to fame
comes from making delicious
drinks, shakes, sherbets, and ice 4
creams, this oddly shaped,
prickle faced, strange looking
fruit has many known medicinal
uses.


Traditional medicine people util-
ize every part of the graviola tree.
The fruit and fruit juice are more
commonly used for de-worming,
and for getting rid of intestinal para-
sites. Among the Garifuna people,
the fruit juice is used as a lac-
tagogue, to increase mother's milk
after childbirth, (we really believe it
makes the milk taste better). My
grandmother used a pulpy un-
strained version of soursop juice to
treat dysentery and other digestive
maladies. The crushed seeds are
used to treat internal and external
parasites, head lice, and ringworms.


Fruit of the graviola (Annona muricata)

roots, and leaves can be taken daily
in the form of a strong tea decoc-
tion, without any threat of toxicity,
contraindications, or side effects.

Native medicine traditions have
been using graviola for centuries,
and continue to use it with positive
results. Science has only recently
become aware of this powerful me-


dicinal plant. Many of its traditional
medicinal uses have been verified
since 1940. Several scientific stud-
ies have found the graviola leaf,
bark, root, stem and seed to contain
natural antibiotics against many
pathogens. The bark was found
to contain antifungal properties.

A National Cancer Institute spon-
sored study in 1976 found that
the leaves and stems of the
graviola tree contained cancer-
killing properties targeting spe-
cific types of cancer cells. The
Plant appears to have a higher
Intelligence where it targets only
the cancer cells and leaves
healthy cells alone.

SA more recent study found
graviola leaf extract to be an ef-
fective remedy against ma-
laria. As scientific studies con-
tinue, more uses for the powerful
medicine contained in this tree be-
come manifest, further deepening
our appreciation for yet another me-
dicinal plant growing in our midst.


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Southern Voices
Ms Pulcheria Teul was a
founding member of the
Toledo Mayan Women's
Council which exists to
promote leadership and
community development.
She is presently the
Senator for Toledo ap-
pointed by the UDP gov-
ernment j

How long have you or your
ancestors lived in Belize?
I'm from the Aleman family
who were the pioneers who
founded Big Falls village
more than 60 years ago. They arrived from Honduras.
What are the most significant changes you have seen in
Toledo in your lifetime?
The highway and better road accessibility is a major change
along with worldwide communication through the internet.
Is there anything that makes you optimistic about the devel-
opment of tourism in Toledo?
I'm very optimistic about our ability to develop sustainable
tourism but we need a strategic plan for tourism. People
know how to manage resources sustainably.
What is the single most important thing the government could
do to promote tourism in Toledo?
We need the government to adopt and support a strategy but
of course BTIA and other organizations would have to play a
role.
If the Town Council had the resources to improve one thing
for tourism development in Punta Gorda town what would it
be?
The Council needs to put in infrastructure like signage and
docks and piers...But there is not one thing. They need to do a
lot of things and start working with the people who know what
tourism is all about.
If a tourist had time to visit one place only, where would you
recommend they go?
Lubaantun, It has a unique history and it is also a place
where people can relax and play. It is a wonderful place to
host a wedding.
Reef or rainforest? Which do you prefer?
It's rainforest for me. The forest is full of energy. Nature itself
is healing for the mind and body and walking in the rainforest
is all we need if we are looking to balance ourselves and find
energy.
What is your favorite season or month of the year?


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Birding Hotspots with Lee Jones


Cattle Landing


One of my favorite spots for observ-
ing migrants is Cattle Landing, only
one mile from my house in Punta
Gorda. Migrants tend to concentrate
along the immediate coast and off-
shore cayes. Remarkably, most mi-
grate at night and use the stars in
the northern sky to navigate. While
these nocturnal migrants cannot eas-
ily be observed in the "act" of migrat-
ing, diurnal migrants can. These in-
clude hawks, swifts, swallows, mar-
tins, and kingbirds. The football field
at "Cat" Landing is right on the coast
and offers a 3600 view of the sky, an
ideal setting for observing birds as
they migrate past in fall on their way
south.
The first migrants to arrive at Cat
Landing are Purple Martins in early
July on their way to South America
from breeding grounds in the United
States and southern Canada. Along
with their close cousin, the locally
breeding Gray-breasted Martin, they
are the earliest fall migrants in Be-


Butterflies Galore

Summer and early autumn are the
high season for these brightly col-
ored insects and Toledo offers visi-
tors a mind-boggling array of colors,
sizes and shapes. From the large
and flashy Blue Morpho moving ma-


Is that a dry leaf or Historis Odius?


jestically along a riverside to the
'clouds' of pastel-colored Phoebis


Purple Martin at Cattle Landing Dark glossy
blue black body

lize. By early August, both species
have begun congregating in huge
flocks, wheeling about low overhead
while fattening up on insects, and
resting on power lines and dead tree
limbs as they pause during their long
southward journey. By late July the


along dirt roads, there is something
almost magical about these crea-
tures.
Few humans have any fear of butter-
flies because they are harmless, non-
threatening and at the same time
exquisitely beautiful. However being
harmless can be a problem for but-
terflies after all, it's a jungle out
there! Each species has had to
evolve some way of avoiding preda-
tors, and these techniques are fasci-
nating to observe. The two main
types of self-preservation used are
protective resemblance and mimicry.
Protective resemblance simply
means a form of camouflage which
allows the butterfly to blend in with
its surroundings when at rest. Many
species in Toledo are masters of dis-
guise. For example, the intricately
detailed Hamadryas which will come
to rest on a tree trunk with its wings
open and immediately disappear as
it blends into the bark.
Mimicry is another clever method of
avoiding being eaten in which the
butterfly has evolved to look like an-
other creature which is poisonous or
bad tasting. Birds and other preda-


martins are joined by
southbound swallows. First are
the Barn Swallows, followed by Cliff
Swallows and Bank Swallows. Their
numbers build up gradually, and by
September hundreds of Cliff and
Barn and dozens of Bank Swallows
can be counted streaming past every
hour, flying low to the ground, con-
stantly hawking insects as they go.
By the end of September most of the
martins are gone, but the ragged
lines of migrating swallows continue
well into October. In early November,
Tree Swallows, Belize's latest fall
migrant, begin showing up, often in
very impressive numbers.
Eastern Kingbirds begin arriving in
mid-August, and by the third week of
September as many as 1,000 an
hour can be observed passing over-
head. As the numbers of kingbirds,
martins, and most swallows subside,
another phenomenon begins to un-
fold. Much higher up, sometimes
above the clouds, several species of
hawks slip by largely unnoticed.
(Continued bottom page 14)


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tors will remember those insects
they should not eat and thus avoid
the otherwise harmless (and proba-
bly tasty) butterfly.
Mid morning is often the best time of
day to observe active butterflies
though you can see them any time
while the sun is hot.
This is also the best time of year for
moths, most of which are nocturnal.
A bright outdoor light will attract an
enormous selection of weird and
wonderful varieties over the course
of one night. And moths are often
accommodating enough to stay in
the same spot through the next day
so they can be observed in daylight.








Tour operator: Machaca Hill Lodge

Brian and Jane Gardiner the co- as open-sided tour vehicles (see pic- vision goggles and spotlights with red
managers at Machaca Hill Lodge ture). They employ their own full-time filters to avoid disturbing the animal
brought with them a wealth of experi- guides and when the guides take life, guests have seen jaguar, mar-
ence from twelve years managing guests on tours they are accompa- gay, tapir, peccary and deer drinking
lodges and safari at the river bank.
camps in Botswana, While the lodge finds
Kenya and Tanzania for
world renowned travel o as much as pos
Ssible about guests'
company Abercrombie interests and needs
interests and needs
and Kent. Brian says before their arrival
that they are "enjoying they can still tailor
they can still tailor
the challenge of creattheir adventures
ing and developing a
new product and at- a in o
sultation with the
tempting to combine guis who as act
the best elements of as eening hosts
the safari industry with Ac-s-veing
Activities include
all the things that Belize talks y local snake
talks by local snake
has to offer". .doctors and healers,
The Machaca Hill property Picnic laid out with Polaris ATV in background archaeological visits
now includes the original nied by an assistant who will be to Wild Cane Caye and
350 acres of Big Hill Farm as well as to the rusting remains of the old
there to set up picnics etc and leave
a further 12,000 acres to ther o what they d sugar mill on the Seven Hills. Guests
of the Rio Grande. That property em- th have been able to visit the Mennon-
braces all of the Seven Hills near the est. In action t te Toyotas ey ite community at Pine Hill and see
coast, abuts the Mennonite land at n tee their cheese production, wood work-
Pine Hill and extends ing facilities and lum-
westward to include the ber mill powered by
citrus plantation along teams of horses.
the Southern Highway Future plans on the
at Big Falls. Within that Machaca hill property
broad area is land itself include coffee
owned and managed by p and chocolate pro-
TIDE with whom they duction for demon-
maintain positive work- station purposes as
ing relationships and a well as small scale
shared interest in con- production of goat's
servation and bio- cheese.
diversity. In addition the
While these tours are
company also owns only available to
Nicholas Caye on the
guests at Machaca
Sapodillas and Man o'
WSapodillas and Man o' Hill their diverse of-
War Caye closer to the
Machaca's landing pier and lounge area on the Rio Grande fering presents a
coast. challenge to all tour op-
Since Brian and Jane's arrival they (All Terrain Vehicles). These are used erators. The challenge being to look
have put a lot of resources into re- to explore the new trail system that at ways in which they can use their
vamping the tours on offer, trying as meanders through the extensive ingenuity and the enormous human
Brian says to "think outside the box" coastal forest on the north bank. and natural resources in Toledo to
to create new offerings. Guests can take a night time safari create a tourism product that will
Visitors and residents in Toledo may trip up the Rio Grande. The boat has
have spotted their two Toyota Land been converted so that guests dine tract more visitors.
Cruisers which have been converted on board and, equipped with night

Birding Hotspots (continued are going is anybody's guess. This tirely as they migrated by the tens of
from page 13) species is not even supposed to mi- thousands down the spine of Central
They congregate in kettles, using the grate! Solving this uniquely Belizean America. Most records have come
rising thermals for lift. These circling mystery of bird migration would be from our tiny little corner of southern
hawks, sometimes numbering well an ideal topic of some future Mas- Belize, especially in the skies above
over a hundred birds per kettle, ter's thesis. Occasionally, maybe only Cat Landing.
gradually drift to the south, following once or twice a season, the diligent
the coast. observer may spot a small group of H. Lee Jones is an experienced environ-
Mississippi Kites, Broad-winged mental consultant and research biologist
From mid-October to mid-November, Hawks or Swainson's Hawks, or even based in Punta Gorda, Toledo. He is the
author of Birds of Belize" the definitive
several thousand Hook-billed Kites a stray Sharp-shinned or Cooper's guide to birding in Belize and the Anno-
pass through Punta Gorda. Where Hawk. Until a few years ago these tated checklist of the birds of Belize.
they are coming from and where they were thought to bypass Belize en-







Wat's Cookin ?

Plantain Soup with Tamarind

This recipe makes a wonderful thick soup using ripe plantains
flavored with tamarind and cilantro


Ingredients
Sesame oil
Garlic
Finely chopped chili pepper/habanero
Ground cumin seeds
Coriander (cilantro) seeds (optional)
Brown or red onion sliced
Ripe plantains


1 tablespoon
4 cloves
1
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1 teaspoon
2 medium
2 large


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Method
Heat the sesame oil and fry the onions, chili pepper, seeds
and garlic for a few minutes on a low flame in large deep pan.
Stir and check regularly to avoid burning.
Slice the plantain and add to the fried onion mixture.
Add the stock and simmer over the fl;ame until the plantains
are soft enough to put in a blender of food processor.
Add the coconut milk .
Add the tamarind juice and other ingredients a little at a time
tasting regularly until you get the flavor you want.
Blend the mixture in a food processor.
Return to the heat to warm before serving but do not bring
back to the boil.
Serve with hot buttered toast, rolls or garlic bread.

This recipe was kindly donated by Anne Holland who
with her husband Brian has managed the Belize Miner-
als Ltd in Forest Home since their arrival in January
1992.


WHITE CHOCOLATE
WITH VANILLA BEAN


Southern Voices (Continued from page 12)

August because I get to spend more time with my children
who are on vacation and we can travel and do things to-
gether. (Continued on page 15)
What is your favorite village or town in Toledo?
Big Falls because I have my navel string (umbilical cord) bur-
ied there.
What was your most memorable encounter with wild animals?
Catching a gibnut many years ago way down the Rio Grande.
The gibnut burrow has two holes. One to enter and another to
escape. You have to cover one hole and then prod or smoke
out the gibnut and catch it in a champa (string bag). Half way
home the gibnut escaped through a hole in the bag.
What herbal medicines do you use?
Noni. It is a fruit that heals almost any ailment.. It has a
strong unpleasant smell. A man in San Ignacio makes a drink
from the pulp of the fruit that keeps for six months so that it is
like an aged wine.
What is your favorite local food?
Flour tortillas and beans flavored with cilantro, garlic, onions
and habaneros when I feel I can take the heat.
Is Toledo still the "Forgotten" district or just unforgettable?
It's unforgettable. Everybody who comes here always wants
to return and Toledo sells itself. When you are marketing
Toledo there is no need to exaggerate.
Thanks, senator

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morinda, Indian mulberry, beach mulberry, Tahitian noni, cheese
fruit_or noni (from Hawaian) is a tree in the coffee family

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Guatemala 6. Romero's Charters, Forest Home
7. Cotton Tree Lodge
8. Cuxlin Ha
9. Tranquility Lodge


Classified Ads


Casa Placencia Garden Rooms, A/C, Cable, Refrigerator. $90BZ
Beautiful Oceanview Apt., Furnished, kitchen. Monthly $595US
San Francisco-style bakery, a must in Placencia.
669-4842/ casaplacencia@live.com


International Medical Insurance US$5,000,000 worldwide cover, "A"
rated underwriter, 4700 US hospitals in network. Age 30-34 as low as
$35 monthly. www.protexplan.com, info@protexplan.com, +1-604-724-
7384


Acupuncturist US certified, oriental diagnosis, pain problems,
tune-up stress. Classical Guitar- Private lessons ( Guitar Rental)
Tai Chi Club Starting Ted Berlin- 600-0740 Hopeville, Toledo


Therapeutic Massage and Health Clinic Acupressure, Deep Re-
laxation, Injury Treatment, Stress Reduction, Chinese Reflexology,
Transformative & Pranic Body Work. Call Sharane Palley on 668-
0314 or 604-4261 or email: sharane@pacific net Appointments
only.

Dream Light Computer Center internet for only 100 a minute,
student and volunteer discounts. Printing & Faxing services, cool
a/c, dvd's, computer repairs, sales, rentals, hardware, software.
International phone calls. Located on the corner of North & Main
Streets in PG.
dreamlightpg@vahoo com. 702-0113 / 607-0033

Jungle Kayaking The Lodge at Big Falls offers kayaking trips on
the Rio Grande, both guided and unguided. Our Hobie sit-on-top
kayaks are easy to maneuver and very stable. By far the best way
to stay cool while enjoying Toledo's wildlife! For more information
and reservations call the Lodge on 671-7172

Plants & Shrubs for Sale
The Lodge at Big Falls offers a variety of palms, cycads, heliconia,
mussaenda, ixora and other flowering plants and shrubs. Call
671-7172 or visit the Lodge.

Great Value Advertising in The Howler! Promote your busi-
ness or sale items in our classified section for just BZ$25
for up to 21 words. Make sure your message gets to the
people who need to see it! Phone 722-2531


Emergency Numbers

PG Police station: 722-2022

PG Hospital: 722-2026 / 722-2161/ 722-2145

PG Fire Department: 722-2032

National Emergencies (NEMO): 822-0153

Belize Tourism Board: 227-2420 / 227-2417

BTIA Main Office Belize City: 227-1144




RIQUP'S CRUMARITO SBKVICK


Watertaxi


Punta Gorda

To

Puerto Barrios




Tel/Fax:(501)722-2070
Tel/Fax: (501)722-2070


"Responsibility is our Motto.'


Charters to Fulfill Your
Needs
Contact Julio Requena


Email:watertaxi@btl.net

Site:www.belizenet.com/


Daily Runs

Leaves 9am

Returns 2pm


12 Front Street

Punta Gorda Town

Toledo, Belize,
C.A.


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