Title: Toledo Howler
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Title: Toledo Howler
Physical Description: Newspaper
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: October 2009
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The Toledo Howler

Newspaper of the Toledo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association



Make your way to Toledo for

Battle of The Drums and

Toledo Tourism Expo

Battle of the
Drums & TOLTEX

TOLTEX spon-
sors & raffle
Calendar of
Crafts from Big

Damage in Port
Tour Operator:
SFI Tours

TIDE comments
on cruise tour-
tion: The Lodge
at Big Falls
Map of PG

BTIA Members

Sapodilla Cayes
Marine Reserve

Arzu on Medici-
nal Plants

Southern Voices
Birding Hot-
spots with Lee

Wat's Cookin?

Photo Op

Map of Toledo

Classified Ads

The Toledo Tourism Expo and
Battle of the Drums will both
2 take place on Saturday 14th
November this year.
The Tourism Expo (TOLTEX) will
be in Central Park in Punta
Gorda between 10am and 5 pm.
3 Stalls will feature accommoda-
tions and tours, mouth-watering There's no shortage of stalls sellngT-shirts
5 food, locally made crafts and

7 Find out what's going on in Toledo atTOLTEX
tourism related developments
by NGOs in the district.
TOLTEX is organized by the
9 Toledo branch of the Belize
Tourism Industry Association
10 (BTIA). The BTIA, in turn, is very
grateful to all the businesses
who are sponsoring TOLTEX this
11 year. Sponsors logos appear on
Page 2.
12 There will be a raffle towards the
end of the afternoon with some
13 impressive and valuable prizes
to be won. Check out the list of
raffle prizes on page 2. There
will also be live music in the
park during the day. Tickets can
be purchased in advance from
15 the Tourism Information Center
or TIDE Tours office on Front St
or in Central Park on the day.
16 The Battle of the Drums will


once again be in the PG Sports
Complex. Doors open at 6:30
and the event starts at 7:30.
General admission tickets will
be $10 in advance and $15 at
the door.
There will be eight drumming
groups taking part from Belize,
Guatemala and Honduras. The
Honduran band Grupo Guchelo
from Baha Mar plays a distinct
contra style unlike all the others.
Punta Gorda will be represented
by Chucurru and the Tribal
Vibes, the defending champions,

and Luwaruguma Peini who
were previously featured in The
Howler. The Ugundani Dance
Group from Belize City have rep-
resented Belize in music festi-
vals in Europe and the USA.
Wageiali Drummers from Dan-
griga were placed second in
2077 and 2008 and will be aim-
ing to go one better this year.
The Lebeha Boys from Hopkins
have produced an award win-
ning CD and Ligemerie Ubafu
from Seine Bight are well known
from their performances up and
down the Placencia Peninsula.
If you have been to this event in
the past then you know it's not
to be missed. If you haven't,
then it's high time you came!
Listen to Love FM on Sunday 15
November for a live show broad-
cast from Beya Suites featuring
a new event designed to show-
case the best Paranderos.

For a night of intense musical entertainment don't miss the Battle of the Drumsi

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

Contact The Howler Editorial Team
Tel. 722-2531 E-mail btiatoledo@btl.net Features Editor: Marta
Hirons 671-7172 or marta@thelodgeaatbigfalls.com Advertising
and Production Manager: Rob Hirons 671-7172 or



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BTIA would like to thank these organizations for their generous support of TOLTEX 2009



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TOLTEX Raffle Prizes

+ Round Trip Airfare, PG to Municipal for 1- Tropic
+ 2 Book prizes The Added Touch, Belize City
+ 2 Nights' accommodation for 2 -The Holiday Ho-
tel, San Pedro
+ 1 Night's accommodation in seaside room -The
Seaspray Hotel, Placencia
+ 1 Night's B&B for 2 The Lodge at Big Falls
+ MP3 Player Dream Light Computer Center,
Punta Gorda
+ 1 Night's B&B for 2 Coral House Inn, Punta
+ 1 Day Trip to the Port Honduras Marine Reserve
for 5 people TIDE Tours, Punta Gorda
+ 1 Night's B&B for 2 Tranquility Lodge Jacin-
+ A Meal for 2 The Reef Bar, Punta Gorda
+ 1 Tabletop Stove ITVET

+ I free Auto Mechanic Service ITVET


Calendar of Events

Date Event Venue / Time Other Info

6 Nov Toledo Community College Cultural Pageant Multi-purpose Building, PG $5 entrance
starts 6pm
13 Nov St Peter Claver School Annual Cultural Day School property, Main St,
Junior Battle of the Drums, food, performances PG/9am-2:30pm

13 Nov Dellile Academy Drum Corps, Dangriga PG Sports Complex 6.00pm
14 Nov TOLTEX A celebration of Toledo's cultural and eco- Central Park, PG / 10am-5pm
nomic diversity
14 Nov Battle of the Drums Sports Complex, PG / 7:30pm General Admission: $10 in
Live music event advance, $15 at the door
15 Nov Paranda Top Ten on Love FM:
-includes live performances from local paranderos, Live from Beya Suites/ starting
interviews & phone-ins 1pm
16 Nov Annual Primary School Garifuna Translation Contest Father Ring Parish Hall 2pm
18 Nov Cultural Awareness Day
Garifuna Settlement re-enactment PG Wharf/ 7:30am
Parade, Dance & Music TCC Campus/ 8:30am-lpm
19 Nov Garifuna Settlement Day National Holiday
Re-enactment of Garifuna arrival Fisherman's Coop Pier/ 6.30am
Re-enactment Mass Catholic Church, PG/ 7.30am
Parade to Central Park & crowning of Queen followed Central Park, PG /10.00am
by drumming in the park

11 Dec St Peter Claver School Christmas Pageant Parish Hall, Main St, PG / $5 entrance
starts 7pm
27 Feb Toledo Community College Fair
2010 Booths, games, football marathon, etc Union Field, PG $1 entrance

The Crafts People of Big Falls Village

With a population of around 1200 Big Falls is one
of the largest villages in Toledo District. Perhaps
because it is situated right on the southern highway
at the gateway to Toledo the people are more en-
trepreneurial than in some more remote villages. A
number of craftspeople make crafts and sell them
further north in the resorts of Placencia and Hop-
kins village.
Carmen Sanchez (on the right in picture) has been
making cuxtals and jippi jappa baskets for some
years now and is joined in this enterprise by her
daughter Nolberta who sells the crafts in Hopkins
once a week. Nolberta's daughter Lelanie has not
yet started but is keen to learn the family skills.
Cuxtals range in price from $15-25 and baskets
from $4-10.
To order call 661-9681 or
e-mail snolberta@yahoo.com
Continued on page 8

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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
HangCheong Main St, PG Chinese 722-2064 Daily: 10am-2pm & 5pm-midnight
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
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-
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 SnackShack 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 dianeafood/ Weekends: 7am-late
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

Earthquake Damage in Port Honduras Marine Reserve

The Port Honduras Marine Reserve Toledo Institute for Development metres long, 12 cm wide and 25 cm
lies off the coast of Southern Belize and Environment (TIDE) in the days deep) and triggered landslides on
and extends north from Punta following the earthquake revealed the reef walls, where the reef edge
Gorda Town to Monkey River, broke away and slipped down the
and 25 km east to include the wall. These areas were home to
Snake Cayes. The Marine Re- many species of hard coral, sea
serve covers an area of over fans and sponges, and were known
400 km2 and contains a number for their high numbers of Caribbean
of important ecosystems, includ- Spiny Lobster. Hundreds of coral
ing mangroves, seagrass beds colonies and sponges were also
and coral reefs, which are home damaged, with many falling over or
to a myriad of animals and breaking apart during the tremors.
plants. These organisms live in a
delicate balance with one an- The Marine Biologists at TIDE are
other and their surrounding envi- closely monitoring the damaged
ronments. Changes to their envi- areas and are hoping that they will
ronment can have a dramatic recover over time. If you are snor-
impact on their lives. One such killing out at the Snake Cayes over
incident occurred in the Port the next few months, keep your
Honduras Marine Reserve this eyes open for any cracks or land-
year. slides and let TIDE know where you

On May 28, 2009, a 7.3 magni-
tude earthquake occurred 10
km underwater, 125 km NNE of
La Ceiba, Honduras. Many people
across Belize felt the tremors from
the earthquake, and so did the
coral reefs in the Marine Reserve.
SCUBA diving surveys by the Marine
Biologists and Rangers from the

significant damage to the coral
reefs on the outer banks and sur-
rounding the Snake Cayes. The
earthquake caused the seabed to
shake and these vibrations created
cracks across the reef (up to 10

see these and if you see any new
corals or sponges growing in these
Contributed by
Dr. Nicola L. Foster, Senior Marine Bi-
Toledo Institute for Development and
Environment (TIDE),
Tel: +501 722-2274.

Tour operator: SFI Tours

SFI's boat Wild Thing lies at anchor off the Sapodilla Cayes

in the blue off the
Sapodilla Cayes.
His sea tours in-
clude trolling, spin
casting and bot-
tom fishingfor
species like barra-
cuda, kingfish,
tuna, jacks and
wahoo (a kind of
mackerel). SFI's
marine tours also
include a beach
barbeque which
can include grilling
the "fish of the

Then there are SFI's Belize and Guate-
mala overnight adventures. Roberto will
take the guests down to the Sarstoon
river on the Belize/Guatemala border
where they stay in Sarstoon village at the
FundaEco facility which is a community-
based organization similar to the Toledo
Ecotourism Association. Tours can also
go straight to Livingston and up the Rio
Dulce to Lake Izabal. The Guatemalan
tours include beaches, culture and food
as well as waterfalls fed from hot springs
like the one at Finca Paraiso on the Rio
Dulce. These tours start from US$95 per

The Sea Front Inn's tour operations are
now being marketed as SFI Tours and
managed by Roberto Echeverria one of
Toledo's most experienced guides. The
business is currently specializing in ma-
rine tours and multi-sport adventure
tours and mainly for groups with a mini-
mum of nine and maximum of fifteen
These include semi-white water rafting
on the upper reaches of the Moho river
from San Benito Poite down to Boom
Creek village near the mouth of the
Moho and inland spelunking.
At sea guests can snorkel on the reef's
edge or in open water looking for whale
sharks. While Belize is best known for
whale sharks off Gladden Spit during the

day" caught by guests. SFI is partnering
with Reef Cl to offer diving adventures
from the Sapodillas.
What, no fly fishing, you ask? Roberto
says "no", unapologetically. There are
plenty of fly fishing guides around, he
says and he does not want SFI to simply
duplicate existing offerings but to create
new and different adventures for visitors.
"SFI wants to go off the beaten path",
says Roberto.
So why choose SFI? I frankly believe
that if you book with SFI then you will get
a professional pioneer who will take care
of every detail in a safe environment and
offer an experience you won't forget."
"It is important to be able to read your
client and understand their adventure
level, their fit-
ness and how
far they want to
be stretched."

So what are
SFI's flag-
ship tours?

Roberto sin-
gles out sea
tours overnight-
ing on Tom
Owens Caye at
the northern end
of the Sapodilla
The water fed from a hot springs falls at around 100 degrees Fahr- range at the
Cuxlin Ha facility
enheit into the cold pool below there. The adventure

spawning periods from March to May
each year Roberto believes that they
remain in the seas around Belize
throughout the year and at the end of
September 2009 spotted whale sharks

TIDE Director Warns of

Risks from Cruise Tour-


The 3rd International conference on Rep-
sonsible tourism took place at the Uni-
versity of Belmopan from October 19-23.
Presentations were made by a number
of prominent international speakers.
Mrs Celia Ma hung the Executive Director
of TIDE who attended the conference
was shocked by information on Cruise
Tourism in Belize. Statistics shared dem-
onstrated that income from cruise tour-

can include snorkelling, diving, fishing or
just doing nothing at all. This tour starts
at US$130 per person.

ism is four times less than overnight
stays despite the fact that there are four
times as many cruise passengers as
overnight stays. That means, for every
dollar spent by a cruise ship passenger
sixteen dollars come into the economy
from an overnight visitor. In addition to
the average $45 per day that cruise pas-
sengers spend, there is minimal income
to locals and cruise passengers rarely
want to return to Belize. Obviously they
do not get the time to experience what
Belize has to offer during their short time
off the ships and the large numbers that
travel to the few destinations near the

Roberto Echeverria surrounded by maps and in-
formation at his office in front of the Snack Shack
in PG

person and like the others are group
tours for from 9-15 guests.
Tours for couples and smaller groups are
in preparation.

Contact SFI Tours
Tel: 663-4559 or 702-0020
E-mail seatoledobelize@gmail.com

city make traveling less rewarding. Mrs
Mahung said "We should all be ex-
tremely concerned about the environ-
mental damage right off our coastline
from cruise ships as sewage waste emp-
tied into the ocean affects the marine
life that our economy depends on. It was
alarmingto hear that cruise tourism may
extend to the southern part of Belize and
I wish that our residents could become
more aware of the minimal benefits of
cruise tourism. I believe that we should
not expand cruise tourism, but promote
stay-over tours that contribute more
positively to our economy."

Accommodation: The Lodge at Big Falls

The Lodge at Big Falls is nestled
along the banks of the Rio Grande
near the village of Big Falls. Only 18
miles from PG along the Southern
Highway, this is an easy to reach
tropical getaway.

Mayan culture, archaeology, tropical
plants, etc. which can be borrowed
during the guests' stay. Internet ac-


The Lodge offers six luxury
thatched cabanas, all with river .
views. Each cabana has a private
bathroom featuring a separate
shower room with large window
overlooking a private garden The largest pool in the district the Lodge pool has a seven
area. W ith saltillo tiled floors, high footdeep end and built-in pool seatalong the side, per-
fect for relaxing with a chilled cocktail after a day out
performance ceiling fans and large
screened windows, the cabanas cess is also available.
stay cool and comfortable year The restaurant serves a full buffet
round. Each cabana sleeps up to 4 breakfast or a la carte breakfast
people. Guests can enjoy the early menu. Breads, sweet rolls, yogurt
morning birdlife and evening sun- and juices are all homemade. The
lunch menu offers homemade piz-

into the river and where you get out
are only 150 yards apart but, by
river, will take 30 to 40 minutes.
The float takes you past a riverside
pool where local hot springs empty
into the Rio Grande. Stop here for a
dip in the warm, soothing water on
your way downstream. You will also
pass the Big Falls 'laudromat' where
local Mayan women wash their
clothes and bathe their children...
as well as catching up on village
Other onsite activities include kay-

Elegant riverside cabana with private bathroom and se-
cluded verandah Some cabanas have a queen and single
bed, others a queen and bunk beds

sets from the privacy of their own
verandah complete with hammocks
and chairs.
The Lodge at Big Falls is a full ser-
vice resort. The main building in-
cludes a bar and restaurant, gift
shop, tour desk and resource room.
The resource room offers guests a
library of books on Belize's wildlife,

zas as well as sandwiches, salads
and burgers. Kitchen staff prepare
packed lunches for day tours. Din-
ner is a 3 course meal using local
ingredients creatively and introduc-
ing numerous Mediterranean and
Middle Eastern dishes to tickle your
taste buds.
The Lodge's 40 foot swimming pool
is a big attraction for guests and a
great way to cool off after a day ex-
ploring the district. There's a pool-
side barbeque area which is avail-
able for private hire when not in use
by the Lodge. The pool is also open
to the public in the low season.
The Lodge is uniquely positioned on
a large meander of the Rio Grande
and river tubing is a popular pas-
time with guests. Where you get

The coolest way to enjoy the jungle Riverside wildlife
includes kingfishers, otter, toucans, coatimundi, etc

making, guided bird walks, ping pong,
badminton and horseshoes.
When not busy with the Lodge, own-
ers Rob and Marta Hirons also write
and edit The Toledo Howler newspa-
per on behalf of the local branch of
the Belize Tourism Industry Associa-
tion and enjoy sharing the knowl-
edge with guests.
For more information and reser-
vations: Phone 011-501-671-
7172 or Email:
See the website at:

The Added Touch

New Items and New Stock with expanded lines in ho-
tel supplies
Linens: Blankets, mattress protectors, pillow protectors, single and dou-
ble sheets.
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-
Plasticware for poolside...margarita, hurricane, martini, rocks!
Coffee: In-room coffee now available in decaf!
Now distributing Papagayo postcards 30 newpostcard scenes

7155 Cleghorn St., Belize City, TeVFax 223-1461, E-mail rrobin@btl.net or addedtouchbz@gmail.com

Punta Gorda

A Texaco filling station
B James Bus Line
C Police Station 722-2022
D BTl office Public phones
E Post Office
F Customs & Immigration
G Belize Bank
H Trapic Air
I Maya Island Air
I Hospital 722-2026 or 722-2161
K Toledo Travel Centre

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BTIA Members in Purta Gorda
1. Beya Sutes
2. Garbutts arine Investent
3.The Sea Front Inn
4. Toledo Ecototism Associon
5. Requenas Charter Service
6. Ma Bags, Belize Cralts Ld.
7. Blue Belize Guest House & Tours
a. Coral House Inn
9. Hlckte Cottages Im Sui of P
10. Scota Ban&
11. TIE Tours

Join BTIA and Put
Your 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 produce your own
promotional literature
for your business.
The BTIA membership
year runs from January
to December so apply
now to put your busi-
ness 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
benefits and to
download an application
form. Complete the
form and hand it in to
Shieba chun at the Tour-
ism Information Center
on Front St.
BTIA meets monthly on
Wednesday at the
Tourism Information
Center on Front Street.
Be a part of BTIA and
make a practical contri-
bution to the economic
development of Toledo

The Crafts People of Big Falls Village continued

Continued from page 3

Next door to Carmen and Nolberta, their neighbors and
relatives Santa and Linda Sanchez make baskets, cuxtals
and embroidery work. When Santa's daughter-in-law Ofelia
is not sculpting doughnuts for local sale she gets involved
in the family business by hand carving calabash gourds.
Husband Jose Sanchez also
uses his own craft skills to
make fine rosewood bowls
and salad spoons and forks.

They travel each week to sell
to tourists and resorts in
Hopkins village in Stann
Creek District. Linda Sanchez and her mother Santa Sanchez display baskets and rose-
-r wood bowls
To order or visit call 669-

At left, Sylveria Cholom holds a rosewood bowl and spoon and fork set made by her husband
Juan. Sylveria also makes weekly sales trips to Hopkins and Placencia.


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

Tumul K'in Center of Learning

tumulkindevelopment@yahoo.com 608-1070

Esther Sanchez Sho

Where to get your copy of

The Toledo Howler

* BTIA Tourist Information Center,
Front St in Punta Gorda
* Tropic Air and Maya Island Air
terminals throughout Belize
* Business premises of BTIA
members in Toledo (see list
* Tropic Air office in Puerto Bar-
rios, Guatemala.
* Requena's Charters office in
Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.
* Placencia Tourist information
Center, Placencia Village
* Gas stations on Southern and
Western Highway
* Online at


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

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.

www.coralhouseinn.net 722-2878

Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve

Most visitors to Belize miss out on the
chance to visit the Sapodilla Cayes Ma-
rine Reserve (SCMR), however, this site
is truly one of the hidden treasures in
Toledo. The SCMR is located about 35
miles from Punta Gorda town and con-
sists of seven unique
cayes, each with a dis-
tinct personality and at-
tractions. The seventh
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west of Lime Caye, but J" !
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While the majority of the uL oUfn
visitors to the SCMR IMVkral
come from neighboring ,b c.1
Guatemala and Hondu- a "d C
ras, a number of local MEaCa
tour guides from Toledo Farn C*q
and Placencia use the ''"*
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islands and the beautiful unlM...
blue waters as a dive,
snorkel and fly fishing
The SCMR was declared
a marine reserve in 1996
and protects the J-
shaped hook of the
southern terminus of the
Belize Barrier Reef. The L
SCMR is co-managed by
the Fisheries Department
and the Southern Envi-
ronmental Association
(SEA) who are responsible for on-site
management and enforcement. Al-
though the reserve was declared in
1996 there was no on-site management
until 2001 and SEA took responsibility
for the day-to-day management of the
park in March 2009 from the Fisheries
Most visitors to the SCMR start off their
visit at Hunting Caye, the administrative
center for the reserve and all visitors
should check in with the rangers at the
caye. Hunting Caye is home to the Be-

lize Fisheries Department/Southern En-
vironmental Association, Belize Coast
Guard, Port Authority and the University
of Belize's Living Reef Center Station.
The island also has a series of public
buildings including showers and toilets.

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Hawksbill Coolspot (Bar and Restaurant)
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the SCMR is Lime Caye. The Garbutt
M3 C K"Cl .

The small number of island residents
can often be found lounging under the
shade of the large strangler fig, playing
basketball, walkingthe beach or listen-
ingto music in a hammock atthe
Hawksbill Coolspot (Barand Restaurant)
run by the Toledo Tour Guide Associa-
The other popular tourist destination in
the SCMR is Lime Caye. The Garbutt
family has built a small kitchen and se-
ries of guesthouses perfect for an over-
night getaway on the island. Lime Caye

also hosts excursions from Guatemala
especially duringthe holiday season.
The caye has beautiful white sand
beaches perfect for soaking up the rays.
Visitors can also explore the northeast-
ern section of the caye which is home to
a large number of green
iguanas. If you are lucky
enough to be out when Miss
Sanny (Sandra Williams) is
in kitchen, a sunset meal on
Lime Caye is the perfect way
to end a longday in the sun.
Atrip to the SCMR would not
be complete without a dip in
the beautiful blue waters.
Numerous unique SCUBA
and snorkel sites are easy to
access in the SCMR, some
boasting gorgeous coral
reefs. Many visitors also
enjoy a snorkel trip to the
sunken metal steam ship
home to a vibrant array of
reef fish like blue tang,
French grunt and stoplight
parrotfish. The waters of the
SCMR are also a fly-fishers
dream home to the grand-
S slam of Tarpon, Permit and
The unique location and
beautiful scenery make a
visit to the SCMR a memora-
ble experience to any visitor. Call the
SEA office in Placencia for more informa-
tion about the reserve at 523-3377 or
talk to the BTIA office in PG or contact
your hotel for more information about
how you can experience this beautiful
and rarely visited part of Toledo.
Contributed by
Jocelyn Rae Finch, Science Coordinator,
Southern Environmental Association,
Placencia Village 523-3377 & Punta
Gorda Town 722-0125

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Arzu on Medicinal Plants: Sorosi

Sorosi, Momordica Charantia

Sorosi grows all year long, easily and
abundantly in the tropical climate of
Belize. The plant is a delicately green
slender, climbing annual vine with
long-stalked leaves and yellow, soli-
tary male and female flowers. The
fruit looks like a warty gourd, some-
times round like a melon but usually
oblong and cucumber like depending
on the variety. The young fruit starts
out emerald green, and turns orange-

yellow as it ripens. Once the
oblong fruit matures, it splits
into three valves that curl
backwards, exposing rows of
bright red seeds. The plant
looks sweet but do not let it
fool you; every single parts of
it, including the colorful fruit,
taste very bitter.
Belizeans take their Sorosi
very seriously. Local and in-
digenous people grow it in
their homes, farms, and gar-
dens to use as food and medi-
cine. The fruit/and or leaves
are stewed in a spicy sauce or
added to beans, soups, and
other dishes (try parboiling it
first with a dash of salt to re-
move some of the bitter taste).
It is served in some local res-
taurants and is actually quite
Medicinally, the plant is a "catch
all" "heal-all" panacea, with a long
history of use by indigenous healers.
Sorosi tea is used to cleanse the
blood of bacteria, viruses, parasites,
poisons, cholesterol and sugar. The
tea made from the whole plant is
used against digestive disorders, for
measles, hepatitis, and to relieve
feverish conditions. It is used as a
poultice topically for sores, wounds,
skin infections, and external worms

and parasites. The Sorosi fruit,
known as Bitter Melon, Bitter Gourd
or Karela is used to treat tumors,
diabetes, rheumatism, malaria, in-
flammation, menstrual problems,
fevers, worms, and to induce labor.
The root is a reputed aphrodisiac.
Recent scientific investigations have
established that the fruit of the
Sorosi (Bitter Melon/Gourd) is highly
beneficial in the treatment of diabe-
tes. It contains an insulin-like princi-
ple, known as plant-insulin, which
has been found effective in lowering
the blood and urine sugar levels.
Garifuna people have always used
Sorosi to treat "sweet blood". Native
people include Sorosi liberally in the
diet of diabetics, and of anyone heal-
ing from a chronic disease. The
Sorosi fruit can be prepared by boil-
ing the cut up pieces in water. The
best way to use it is to take the juice
of about four or five Sorosi fruits
every morning on an empty stomach.
You can also grind the seeds of the
fruit into a powder and sprinkle on
your food. Before you do so however,
take a few seeds of this magical
plant and return them to the earth
for growth and prosperity.
Listen to Ana Arzu's "Mountain Spirit
Speaks" on Wamalali Radio 106.3FM
Tuesday & Thursdays at 6.30pm
Contact 600-3873



Darius Avila is a business
consultant and, with his wife
Lisa, the owner of Beya
Suites guest house. He is
also the president of the
Battle of the Drums Secre-
tariat and the new president
of the Toledo Association of

How long have you or your
ancestors lived in Belize?
I'm a descendant of the Garifuna who first arrived in a small group
from Honduras in 1823. They were followed by a larger contingent in
1832. I'm a Palacio on my mother's side of the family and they ar-
rived here in the mid-1800s.
What are the most significant changes you have seen in Toledo in
your lifetime?
Transportation. We went from having only boat access to the rest of
the country to now having paved roads and airlines. Secondly, there
has been the racial transformation among ethnic groups. As a child
there was little intermarrying and the different groups kept to them-
selves. Now we have learnt to bridge our differences and pursue
common interest together.
What makes you optimistic about the development of tourism in
I recognize as an accountant that the tourism business is cyclical but
I am very optimistic that tourism in Toledo will boom in the years to
come, the main reason being that in Toledo we have so much to of-
What could the government do to promote tourism in Toledo?
They could assist us in building the infrastructure in different tourism
sites. For example in the marine reserves things like tent platforms
and palapas on isolated cayes. Inland improvements to visitor cen-
tres to accommodate larger groups and proper bathroom facilities.
Co-managers of protected areas need more financial and other sup-
port so that carrying capacity levels can be adhered to.
What could PG Town council do to support tourism development?
The town council needs to put in place a plan for the development of
tourism in PG town. A big part of that should be to improve the face
of PG?
If a tourist had time to visit one place only, where would you recom-
mend they go?
I'd say West Snake Caye. It is just breathtaking and I've seen the
reaction of tourist and Belizeans after visiting it for the first time.
Reef of rainforest? Which do you prefer?
That's a hard one but I think I prefer the reef. I was born and raised
right here in PG so I'm a coastal town boy and grew up fishing and
swimming and enjoying the sea.
What is your favourite season or month of the year?
February. It has a particular significance being the peak of the tour-
ism season and besides it's the month of St. Valentine which means
love and sharing.
What is your favourite village in Toledo?
Barranco definitely. My mum's from there so I have a particular af-
finity for Barranco. My mum would take us there for holidays as a
kid It was a time when I could eat all the fruits I wanted without
bothering to buy them.
What was your most memorable encounter with wild animals?
I've really never had a bad experience with wild creatures except for
the occasional jellyfish sting..
What herbal medicines do you use?
My wife sometimes boils sorosi to make a drink. The plant is well
known to help build blood and and protect the body against infec-
What is your favourite local food?
It's a garifuna dish hudutu.
Red beans or black beans?
Red beans. I just can't handle those black beans but my real favour-
ite is pinto beans which are also grown in the villages.

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Punta Gorda & Big Falls

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King's welcomes all visitors to the beautiful

Fuels, lubricants, tyres, batteries &c.
Tyre repair, oil changes, vehicle & engine wash
Snacks & beverages
Maps & tourist information
Clean rest rooms

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Is Toledo still the "forgotten district" or just unforgettable?
Speaking about Toledo as "forgotten" is a philosophical kind of thing.
If you are forgotten it is because you have contributed to that.
Toledo is certainly unforgettable but if it is in some way forgotten
then it is partly because we as a people have allowed others to forget
What's new in the Battle of the Drums this year, Darius?
We felt that last year's nine bands was too many. This year we are
restricting it to just seven bands and have re-organized the show to
allow more interaction between the MCs and the audience and allow
for more creativity in the performances. The bands are being asked
to focus a large portion of their presentation on jankunu and
chumba. Chumba is a like a pantomime, a a play without words and
that is where they can be more creative.
Thanks, Darius.
You're welcome, Howler.

Punta Gorda: The Ultimate Birding Hot Spot by Lee Jones

Since this column has been dubbed
"Birding Hotspots in Toledo District",
I suppose it is only appropriate to
write a column about the ultimate
Toledo birding hotspot-Punta Gorda.
Consider this, on the annual Christ-
mas Bird Count, more birds are re-
corded in Punta Gorda than on any
of the other three
counts in Belize and
any of the more than
2000 Christmas Bird
Counts in North Amer-
ica north of Costa
Rica. Now, that's
what I call ultimate!
So, what is a Christ-
mas Bird Count? The
Christmas Bird
Countwas the brain-
child of Frank M.
Chapman who organ-
ized the first CBC in
1900 as an alterna-
tive to a sport at the
time called the "Side
Hunt". The objective
of the Side Hunt was
to see who could
shoot the most kinds
of birds during a tra-
ditional Christmas A Bay-Breastec
Day hunt. The objec-
tive of the more eco-
friendly CBC was to record as many
birds as possible without shooting
them. So, on Christmas Day 1900,
27 intrepid souls across the United
States and southern Canada re-
corded 90 species of birds and
about 18,500 individuals on 25
counts. One hundred and nine years
later, in 2008, more than 60,000
participants on 2124 counts from
Alaska to the Amazon and Hawaii to
the West Indies recorded an incredi-
ble 65,600,000 individuals of nearly
2300 species. Mr. Chapman surely
never envisioned his bird count be-
coming the immensely popular event
that it is today.
Organized by the Belize Audubon
Society, the first count in Belize was
conducted in 1972 near Belize City.
Belmopan joined Belize City with its
first count in 1975. The third count
was begun in Gallon Jug, Orange
Walk District, in 1990. With the addi-
tion of Punta Gorda in 2000, four of

the six districts in Belize are now rep-
resented. Since its inception, the PG
count has consistently recorded
more birds than the other three Be-
lize counts, tallying more than 250
species on average. The results of all
2000+ CBCs are published each
year online at http://audubon.org/

W arbler in winter plumage is a regular fall migra
southern Belize

bird/cbc/ and in a special issue of
the National Audubon Society called
American Birds.
Why should you care? Information
from the CBC has been used by orni-
thologists and ecologists to assess
long-term trends in early winter bird
populations. These trends have been
correlated with changes in the local
and regional environment, including
the effects of deforestation, develop-
ment, and climate change. CBCs
over the years have also reflected
the increases in local bird popula-
tions following the creation of wildlife
reserves, parks, and other protected
areas. While the counts in Belize are
more recent, we are already begin-
ning to see some trends, both posi-
tive and negative, from changes in
the Belize landscape on local bird
Christmas Bird Counts, despite their
name, do not have to be conducted
on Christmas Day; in fact they sel-

dom are. The rules state that they
can be conducted anytime between
14 December and 5 January. The
Punta Gorda count this year will be
on 3 January. In addition to Punta
Gorda Town, the 15-mile diameter
count circle extends north to Big
Falls, west to Aguacaliente Lagoon,
and east to the Rio
Grande. Cotton Tree
Lodge, which is conven-
iently located near the
center of the circle, has
agreed to host the count
his year, with the tally of
the count's results and
the traditional post-count
dinner to be held at the
lodge at the end of the
day. For more informa-
tion about the Christmas
Bird Count, you may con-
tact me at
lee iones@att.net.
The CBC is strictly volun-
tary. No one is paid to
participate, not even the
person responsible for
organizing the count and
compiling the results.
People participate be-
nt through cause it is fun, enjoy-
able, and for many a
learning experience. It is
an opportunity for the amateur to
make a contribution to the science of
Ornithology while having a good time
in the process. So, please join us on
this year's count-even if you don't
know a pelican from a Belikin. We
will hook you up with someone who
does. More eyes + more ears = more
birds. It's that simple. We certainly
don't want the Belize City gang to
beat us out this year like they did last
year for the first time ever! Only you
can help PG regain its claim as the
ultimate birding spot!

H. Lee Jones is an experienced envi-
ronmental consultant and research
biologist based in Punta Gorda,
Toledo. He is the author of" Birds of
Belize" the definitive guide to birding
in Belize and the Annotated checklist
of the birds of Belize.

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Wat's Cookin ?

Two dishes, poached snapper in coconut milk (sere) and mashed
plantains are served together to make hudutu, a delicately-flavored
fish dish, a Garifuna specialty which traces its roots to the South
America and Africa.
5 or 6 green plantains
1 ripe plantain
1 coconut
black pepper
basil (bay leaf)
For the Sere: scale and clean the fish; slice each fish in half from
ribs down. Use the bottom (tail half) of the fish for this dish (keep
the top half to make fish stock or soup). Score the skin, set aside.
Put coconut milk into a 4-quart pot, add sugar, salt, chicken stock
and shredded coconut. Bringto simmer, remove from heat, allow to
cool a bit then strain (pressing through strainer to extract all of juice
discard rest.)
Put the snapper into a shallow pot, cover it three-quarters of the wa}
with the coconut milk and simmer the fish for 15 minutes, basting
the top (exposed portion of the fish) as it cooks. After 15 minutes,
gently turn the fish over and remove the pot from the heat. Let sit
for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
Serve the fish in a soup bowl with a portion of the broth, along with
bowl of Foo Foo (see below) which is added to the broth as the dish
is eaten.
For the Hudutu: peel and cut the plantains into 3-inch pieces; place
into a medium-sized pot; cover with water and add a tablespoon of
salt. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer; cover the pot and
cook for 20 minutes until the green plantains are tender. Remove
from heat, drain, cool enough to handle. Mash the plantains to the
consistency of mashed potatoes.
Serve with the sere. Mix the mashed plantains into the coconut
broth as you eat the fish. Scrumptious!

Toledo Tour Guide Association

The TTGA has finally found a permanent home occupying
space alongside BTIA in the Tourism Information Center on
Front Street. The association will act as a collection center for
guides' documentation before sending it up to BTB for re-
newal. They will also be disseminating information about
training available for guides and get the guides involved in
conservation projects, such as clean up campaigns and edu-
cational projects in schools. The TTGA desk is staffed by Eve-
lyn Neiro who will be there on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
from Sam until noon. Evelyn can be contacted on 660-3974


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Photo Op: The Northern Potoo

ine Nortnern Hotoo is a nocturnal Dird that is so well camounfaged, it
can sleep with confidence on dead branches and stumps in the open
during the daytime. This one was spotted by Julie Puryear on Front
Street in Punta Gorda. The picture was taken by Roberto Echeverria of
SFI Tours. So well spotted, Julie. You get five points and Roberto an-
other five points for this great photo. The camera was as close to the
bird as it appears.

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8 ounces of hot water, soy milk or cow's milk
1 tablespoon of sugar or honey, more or less to your taste
2ut 2 tablespoons of cocoa in a cup,
Carefully add hot water or milk and stir mixing well,
add sweetener to taste,
Try adding a little vanilla extract or cinnamon for fancy hot cocoa,
Adults try a shot of rum for real treat

Hot Mocha
ingredients --same as above, substitute hot water for hot coffee,
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body work and tires. Needs new transmission. BZ$2500 o.n.o. Call
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Acupuncturist US certified, oriental diagnosis, pain problems, tune-
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Sharane Palley Whole Body Healing Services 1. Deep relaxation
and stress reduction 2. Chinese acupressure and reflexology 3.
Personal health consultation 4. Therapeutic massage and pranic
whole body work. 668-0314 or 604-4261 or email: sha-
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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.
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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

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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



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