Title: Toledo Howler
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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: February 2010
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The Toledo Howler

Newspaper of the Toledo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association



Maya Day 2010


Maya Day 2010

An Evening with
Paul Nabor

Monkey River
Calendar of

Wat's Cookin?


Natural History:
Caribbean Spiny
Map of PG

Birding with Lee

Tour Operator:
Cotton Tree
BTIA Members
tion: Coral
House Inn
Arzu on Medici-
nal Plants
Southern Voices
Interview: Alis-
tair King
Photo Op

Craft Focus

ACES Crocodile
Map of Toledo

Classified Ads

Tumul K'in Center of Learning
in Blue Creek Village will again
E be hosting the Maya Day cele-
brations with an exciting variety
1 of competitions, games and
activities spanning more than a
month. Last year's events were
1 a great success and this year
promises to be even better.

2 Fund raising events prior to
Maya Day will include a barbe-
3 que sale in Central Park in PG
on January 30th. Help support
this cultural event by bringing
3 the whole family to enjoy fin-
ger-licking good chicken and
4 pork. Sale starts at 10am.

There will also be a Maya
4 dance on February 27th from
6pm to midnight. Harp and
marimba artists from across
6 Toledo will be featured, includ-
ing The Tumul K'in Boys. La-
6 dies, take out your traditional
clothes and dancing shoes and
get ready to show off your
7 skills. Although not confirmed
as we go to print, it is antici-
pated this will take place at the
8 Sports Complex in PG. There is
a $10 entrance.
A football marathon is planned
for February 28th at Julian Cho
Technical High School.

11 An Evening with

12 Paul Nabor

On January 29th, the Sports
13 Complex in PG rocked to the
beat of the best traditional
14 Paranda in Belize. The event
was organized by the Battle of
the Drums Secretariat led by
Darius Avila of PG Town. In cele-
16 bration of Paul Nabor's 82nd

16 birthday and a homage to the

Matches kick off at 10am.
Please come and support
these fund raising activities.
On March 16th, the famous

Professional Chaj Chay players from last
year's exciting game

Torch Run begins at Lubaantun
Mayan site with an incense-
filled spiritual ceremony giving
praise for life, earth and well
being. This event should com-
mence around 4:30pm at the
site. Runners will then carry the
torch through San Miguel, Sil-
ver Creek, Big Falls, Dump,
Mafridi and ending at Tumul
K'in in Blue Creek. The torch
signifies the light of the world.
The thrilling Fire Ball Game
takes place on March 16th and
28th at the end of each day's
activities. In this game, young
men compete with hockey

Paranda sound in gene
Battle of the Drums Se
hope to make this an a
event at the end of
each January.

Groups performing on
Friday night included
The Garifuna Collec-
tive, Lirisi Peini Group,
Mario and the Umalali
Group Adrian 'the


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

stick-like clubs attempting to
score goals with a ball blazing
in flame. Be ready to move if
the flaming ball flies in your
Central Park in PG will be the
venue for a Harp & Marimba
Competition on March 20th.
The best district musicians will
be here so don't miss this mu-
sical extravaganza. The top
three bands will then compete
on March 28th at Tumul K'in
for the crown.
The Chaj Chay Ball Game con-
tinues to be a highlight of the
annual Maya Day celebrations.
This is a game of speed,
strength, endurance and accu-
racy which has been played
since ancient times. The re-
enactment of this ancient sport
is truly exciting. The ball game
will once again take place at
the Sports Complex in PG. En-
trance is $5 per adult and $3
per child.
And last but not least, Maya
Day itself on March 28th a
full day of cultural games, com-
petitions, music, food & drink
at Tumul K'in Center of Learn-
ing in Blue Creek Village.
[See Calendar of Events, Pg3]

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cretariat waruguma
annual many mor


a Change Group, Lu-
Peini Group and

Martinez, Nurse
Cayetano and

Contact Toledo BTIA at the Tourism Information Center,
Front St., Punta Gorda Tel. 722-2531
E-mail btiatoledo@btl.net
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 or marta@thelodgeaatbigfalls.com.
Advertising and Production Manager: Rob Hirons 671-7172 or
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Destinations: Monkev River

When it comes to the "forgotten dis-
trict" Monkey River Town may just be
the most forgotten part. In fact many
people forget that Monkey River lies
in Toledo District. Given its proximity
to Placencia, its center of gravity
tends to be to the north. Most tour
operators in Placencia run a Monkey
River tour and two village tour opera-
tors also offer the trip.
When The Howler visited Monkey
River Town just before Christmas, we
took the three hour trip upstream
with Percy Gordon the self-styled

White Ibis at the river mouth

King of the Howlers. Percy is bound
to remember to let you know that he
was featured in an article in Esquire
magazine and also in Jack Hanna's
wildlife show on howler monkeys and
manatees. He will be able to add
The Toledo Howler to that list now.
Like most of the local guides, he has
a wealth of stories about the river
from his childhood growing up there
and living so close to the bush which
has always provided a source of
food, medicine and shelter.
The early morning sun brought out
numerous small crocodiles and slider
turtles to warm themselves on
branches and sandy shoals on the
bends of this deeply meandering wa-
terway. Half a dozen kinds of heron,
osprey and other raptors and king-

fishers flashing low over the
water offered a glimpse of
the endless diversity here.
Going up stream the boat
stops on the left bank
where the local tour guides
association manages a jun-
gle property. Several troops
of howler monkeys live and
forage in the canopy. We
saw two troops and more
than a dozen individuals
including a mother carrying S
a baby on her back as she
hung upside down and
munched leaves and
He points out the me-
dicinal plants and ex-
plains their uses. A sliver
of wood cut from the
gumbo limbo tree brings
instant relief
from a few
annoying ant
bites. Make I
sure you ,, .
look on the
ground so that
you can jump passing
columns of ants that
march restlessly through
the undergrowth and
across the trails.
Visitors will also be of-
fered the chance to drink
water from a vine or suck
the fruit of the hog plum.
And if they are really keen, after
watching all those reality survival
shows, they can plunge a finger into
a termite nest and suck the termites
off it for some free protein. The
Howler decided that discretion was
the better part of valor and settle for
a brownie instead.
There is also a nighttime Croc Watch
tour. The larger crocodiles emerge
from the water and watch motionless

potting wildlife along Monkey River
on the banks. Other animals may
come down to the water's edge to
drink and roosting birds can be
found by their eye-shine in the beam
of a headlamp.
The tour guides of Monkey River are
at home with their environment and
keen to protect it. This is one trip not
to be missed.

Crocs bask on the sandy banks
Bookings can be made directly
Monkey River EcoTours at monkevriv-
erecotours@gmail.com or speak to
the owner Ralph Zuniga on 720-
2029 or Natural Adventure Tours at
sunsetinn@btl.net or speak to Clive
Garbutt on 720-2028
Enquiries can also be made by e-mail
to monkeyriverguides@gmail.com

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Calendar of Events
Date Event Venue /Time Other Info
30 January Maya Day fund raiser:
Barbeque Sale Central Park, PG / 10am-3pm

27 February Maya Day fund raiser: Sports Complex, PG / 6pm- $10 entrance
Maya Dance midnight
27 February Toledo Community College Fair Union Field, PG $1 entrance
Booths, games, football marathon, food & drink, etc
28 February Maya Day fund raiser: Julian Cho Technical High Registration fee for teams.
Football Marathon School / kick off 10am Food & drink available
16 & 28 Fire Ball Game Tumul K'in, Blue Creek Village $2 pp
March Follows Torch Run & Maya Day activities
16 March Torch Run From Lubaantun to Tumul K'in /
Commences with Mayan spiritual ceremony 4:30pm
20 March Harp & Marimba Competition Central Park, PG

27 March Chaj Chay Ball Game Sports Complex, PG Adults $5
Children $3
28 March Maya Day 2010 Tumul K'in, Blue Creek Village/
Cultural games, competitions, music & food all day
21-23 May Toledo Cacao Fest

Wat's Cookin? by hand. If the mixture is too crumbly, add another
egg. If too sticky, add more bread crumbs.
Barracuda Fish Cakes Form the mixture into round cakes about 1/2" thick
with soy sauce dip by 2" in diameter. Spread oil in frying pan and heat
pan on medium high setting. When oil is hot, add fish
cakes and fry about 2 minutes on each side until
1 lb barracuda steaks golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
2 medium potatoes
I cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley 2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 4 tbsp water
i tsp salt i tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground black pepper I tsp sesame seeds
2 eggs I tbsp chopped spring onions
Oil for frying
Mix all ingredients together and place in a small bowl
Boil and mash potatoes. Set aside. Boil the fish until for dipping fish cakes. Enjoy!
it flakes easily. Drain and flake fish with a fork. Be
sure to remove all bones. Mix the flaked fish, the po- Recipe contributed by the kitchen at The Lodge at Big
tatoes, and the rest of the ingredients together well

The Lod e at Big

Fal ls
A eropicalparadise awaits you
just 18 miles from PG!
Phone: 671-7172
Email: info@thelod!eatb6ifalls.comn

Tour Southern Belize with
The Lodge at Big Falls
Air-conditioned 15 seat van Experienced
Mayan guide with onboard PA system *
belts on every seat tinted windows *
out of district transfers See the sights
in comfort & safety



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 9pm [ Reservations Required ]
Machaca Hill Lodge Wilson's Road International 722-0050 Daily: 6am-10pm Reservations
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 668-6540 Mon-Sat: 7am-8pm. Closed Sun-
GroceryShop Village 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 ian/Seafood/ Weekends: 7am-late

The Caribbean Spiny Lobster

The Caribbean spiny lobster,
Panulirus argus, is a com-
mon inhabitant of the Port
Honduras Marine Reserve
(PHMR) but in recent years
numbers have declined.
They get their name from
the small spines that cover
their shell and protect them
from predators, such as oc-
topus, turtles, Nassau grou-
per and sharks. Unlike their
European and American
relatives, spiny lobsters lack
the large pinching claws
used for catching prey. In-
stead, they use chemical sensors and
a complex nervous system to detect
prey. Spiny lobsters inhabit coral reef
areas and hide in protective holes,
crevices and recesses during the day.
At night they come out into the open
to forage, where they feed upon slow
moving animals such as snails, clams,
mussels, small sea urchins, small
crabs, shrimps and worms.
Spiny lobsters are an important com-
mercial species in Belize and to help
protect the population numbers there
is a closed season from February 15th
to June 14th. During this time, it is ille-
gal to catch them. Spiny lobsters mate
between March and June and the

closed season ensures that mating
occurs. Females typically lay 200,000
to 300,000 eggs which are bright
orange in colour and attach to hook-
like hairs on the small legs beneath
her tail. But on average only one or
two will survive to adulthood. Eggs
hatch after approximately three weeks
into larvae which live in the water col-
umn and are transported by oceanic
currents. During this phase they can
grow from 2mm to 34mm in length
and after six to twelve months they
begin their migration back to near
shore areas where they settle in algae
and sea grass beds. Spiny lobsters
reach maturity at around 3 years of
age when they migrate to the reef

where they will spend their
adult life and begin to re-
If you are snorkelling or
diving in PHMR in the next
few months keep your eyes
open for spiny lobsters, you
may see a female carrying
", her bright orange eggs or if
,a, you are really lucky spot a
'. ... small juvenile lobster in the
sea grass. In order to help
S protect the population of
_.. spiny lobsters in PHMR
there are a few rules we
can follow. Please remember: don't
take lobsters during the closed sea-
son, don't take undersized lobsters
(less than 3inch cape length) and
don't take females bearing eggs. If you
would like more information about
spiny lobsters please call into the TIDE
offices or contact us by email or
Contributed by
Dr. Nicola L. Foster, Senior Marine
Toledo Institute for Development and
Environment (TIDE),
Tel: +501 722-2274.

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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 Tropic Air
I Maya Island Air
3 Hospital 722-2026 or 722-2161
K Toledo Travel Centre



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BTIA Members in Punta Gorda
1. Beya Suites
2. Garbutts Marine Investment
3. The Sea Front Inn
4. Toledo Ecotourism Association
5. Requenas Charter Service
6. Maya Bags, Belize Crafts Ltd.
7. Blue Belize Guest House & Tours
8. Coral House Inn
9. Hickatee Cottages im south PG
oa Ex-Servcemen's Road
10. Scotia Bank
11. TIDE 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 pro-
duce your own promo-
tional literature for your
The BTIA membership
year runs from January to
December so apply now to
put your business on the
map from the beginning of

How Do I Join BTIA?
Visit www.btia.org to read
about BTIA and all the
other membership bene-
fits and to download an
application form. Com-
plete the form and hand it
in to Shieba chun at the
Tourism Information Cen-
ter on Front St.
BTIA meets monthly on
Wednesday at the Tour-
ism Information Center on
Front Street. Be a part of
BTIA and make a practical
contribution to the eco-
nomic development of
Toledo District.

Birding with Lee Jones:

Highlights of the PG Christmas Bird Count

H. Lee Jones is an experienced environmental consultant and re-
search biologist based in Punta Gorda, Toledo. He is the author of
"Birds of Belize" the definitive guide to birding in Belize and the An-
notated checklist of the birds of Belize.

A near perfect storm of events almost derailed the count
this year but we prevailed and ended up with a respectable
number of species, everything considered. Some areas had
light rain nearly all day while other areas
were rain free. Aguacaliente Lagoon was
flooded and inaccessible. Added to that,
three of our trusted leaders were unable
to make it for personal reasons. Never-
theless we ended up with 234 species.
Our 27 wet and exhausted participants
enjoyed a warm and cordial rendezvous
at Nature's Way after the count to ex-
change stories of their day's adventures.
In the 3 days that followed, we added
10 more species. These don't actually
count toward the total but get an honor-
able mention.
Perhaps because Aguacaliente was inaccessible, Piedra
Lagoon (the small round pond by the highway about 1/2
mile southeast of the Dump) was teaming with egrets and
herons all week. More than 300 Snowy Egrets blanketing
the trees and swirling low over the pond, were reminiscent
of giant snowflakes.
When I visited the pond three days after the count, a Rose-
ate Spoonbill (missed on count day) added a soft pink ac-

cent to the swirling mass of egrets. It remained perched on
a dead branch beside the highway allowing us to take a
number of close-up photographs.
Highlights on count day included an obliging Ornate Hawk-
Eagle found by Robin Nightingale along Joe Taylor Creek in
November and, remarkably, still present for the count on
January 3rd. Also a pair of Painted Buntings feeding on a
calaloo plant in Steven Choco's yard in Big Falls. The ever-
reliable Black and White Owl, which has been hanging out at
The Lodge at Big Falls for several years now, turned up for
the count.
But the rarest bird of all was not
found until 3 days after the count. At
Cotton Tree Lodge, feeding with Red-
legged Honeycreepers, Yellow-
throated Euphonias and Baltimore
Orioles on oranges beside the dining
hall, were 3 Shining Honeycreepers.
This stunning blue and black species
with bright yellow legs is normally
found high in the Maya Mountains. In
17 years in Belize, I have only seen it
once near Union Camp, a strenuous
two day hike into the mountains from
San Jose village. Seeingthree of
these little jewels at eye level and
only a few feet away was definitely an experience to remem-
Next year's count will be on Sunday 2nd of January 2011.
So start brushing up on your birdingskills and join us. Every-
one, even novices willingto learn, is welcome. Our experi-
enced leaders are always eager to see new faces and share
their knowledge.

SInformation Center

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Tour operator: Cotton Tree Lodge

Cotton Tree Lodge opened its doors Still on the sweet subject of choco-
in 2007. Since then, they have devel- late, Cotton Tree also offers groups a
oped a variety of interesting tours
and activities to entertain and illumi-
nate visitors. -

Located on the banks of the Moho
River, south of Punta Gorda, Cotton
Tree offers kayaking and horseback
riding onsite.
Offsite tours are arranged daily
based on demand and weather con-
ditions. Their 'core' offsite tours in-
clude many well known Toledo desti-
nations such as Blue Creek Cave,
Lubaantun Mayan site and Rio
Blanco national park. Cotton Tree
also focuses on cultural and agricul-
tural tours to local plantations, vil-
lages and homes. These include a
tortilla making workshop with Mayan
women in the village of Santa Ana
and a medicinal plant walk with a
knowledgeable Mayan guide.
Cotton Tree has also become well
known for chocolate. The owners of
the lodge were the founders of Cot-
ton Tree chocolate which is produced
in a quaint little factory on Front St in
PG Although the factory is sepa-
rately owned now, Cotton Tree offers

A ripe cacao pod

a tour of the facilities which allows
for plenty of tasting. This place may
not look quite like Willie Wonka's
factory but the results are just as

Cotton Tree also offer special trips
which can be arranged by request
and generally incur an additional
cost. These include snorkelling at the
Snake Cayes, private fishing or bird-
ing trips, diving on the reef and sail-

Peeling cacao beans

week of workshops and excursions
designed to give guests a fun and
practical chocolate making experi-

Making chocolate takes plenty of elbow

ence 'from bean to bar'. By the end
of the week, participants will know
everything from the optimum condi-
tions for planting cacao seedlings to
roasting, conching, molding and
packaging the final product.

For those guests who want a more
physical challenge (or perhaps just a
chance to walk off all that chocolate!)
Cotton Tree have tours to less acces-
sible destinations such as Tiger Cave
near San Miguel Village and the re-
mote Pusilha archaeological site.
Good walking shoes and plenty of
stamina are required for these excur-

Horseback riding along jungle trails
ing trips in the Bay of Honduras and
the Rio Dulce in Guatemala.

For more information contact
Cotton Tree Lodge directly
on: (501) 670-0557 or email:
Check out their website at:

Rio Blanco National Park
Rio Blanco National Park



Designing and installing solar electric
solutions for schools, farms, parks,
remote homes and other purposes

Phone: 702-2198

Email: solarbelize@gmail.com

Paul Nabor's, King of Paranda's birthday bash
at the PG Sports complex



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
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 mayaantandbee@gmail.com 662-1139 Ofelia Cal
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 tumulkin_tourism@yahoo.com 608-1070 Rosemary Salam

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:

Accommodation: Coral House Inn

Looking up to the Inn from the path that
leads down to the water's edge

When Rick and Darla Mallory set off
from Boise Idaho in their '69 VW
Camper in 2002 PG was in fact their
destination. It was the end of the road
and they are the kind of people who
want to see what's there. Eight years
later the now forty-year-old camper can
still be seen collecting the groceries or
ferrying guests to Coral House Inn back
and forth from the airstrip.

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Darla volunteering about town
for a year. Looking for some-
where to rent they happened
upon a dilapidated two-story
house opposite the hospital and
right next to the cemetery. The
local kids hurried past stopping
only briefly during the season to
pick mangoes from the
branches of the old tree
hanging over the wall.
The jungle was re-taking
the yard between the
house and the sea.
They slowly settled in and
made the place liveable and
began to enjoy the view across
the Gulf of Honduras; so much
so that a year later they were
the owners of what was to
become Coral House Inn.
Between December 2003 and
January 2005 when they opened, Rick
and Darla transformed it into one of the
most elegant guest houses in southern
Belize. They kept the sixty-year-old mar-
bled floor tiles, kept the internal struc-
ture largely intact but otherwise remod-
eled extensively and added new
spaces, like the dining room, keeping
them in harmony with the original archi-
tectural design.
Part of the refurbishment included the
pool that was gathering dust and other
stuff besides. Now there is a large
stone lounging area around the pool, a
bay-leaf palm thatched bar and unre-

stricted views of the sea. The view from
the guests' verandah on the second
floor is even better. Bicycles and wire-
less internet come free. In the ground
floor lounge area there is a small gift
shop with local crafts and a book ex-
change for travelers to renew their
I reading supplies.
The re-modeling included the design
and installation of a waste water gar-
Coral House den along one side of the property. This
now includes thickets of heliconia and
ith an ex- ginger and a passion fruit vine that
SRick and drapes a shady arbor. On the other side

of the property the next lot contains
historic graves of early confederate
settlers in Toledo from the Pierce, Par-
rish and Watson families. In front of
the house a grassy area runs down to
the gate by the sea where a series of
steps give guests access to the water.
They have four rooms with combina-

Elegantly tiled and decorated bedrooms

tions of queen and full-sized beds.
Prices range from BZ$165-200 double
occupancy. They also rent Sea Glass
Cottage next door; a self-cateringsingle
bedroom house with kitchen, bathroom
and living area with prices ranging from
BZ$250 per night to $200 for stays of
eight nights or longer.
Rates at Coral house Inn include a con-
tinental breakfast of bread or toast,
fresh tropical fruit, coffee, tea and
juices. The optional cooked breakfast is
extra. The bar works on an honor sys-
tem after the hosts have retired for the
While being at the far south end of
Main Street Coral House is just a few
hundred yards from shops and restau-
rants; a short walk or bike ride away
from the inn. It is an ideal place to stay
for visitors who want to base them-
selves in Punta Gorda and strike out on
their adventures from there.
Tel: 722-2878
E-mail: coralhousebelize@yahoo.com

The Added Touch

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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

Arzu on Medicinal Plants: Wild Yam

Aside from its jungle habitat, there is
nothing wild about this plant. If
there were ever a misnomer in the
plant medicine kingdom, Wild Yam
would win the prize. The rhizome
root and vine grow slowly and quietly
within the rainforest climate of
southern Belize, and continue to do
so quite peacefully at least we
hope. Increasing popularity has
placed the Wild Yam in great de-
mand, and it is unfortunately being
over-harvested towards possible ex-
tinction. Until recently, the Wild Yam
was the sole source of the hormonal
material used to make pharmaceuti-
cal birth control pills. It was never
replanted, and the population has
not been returned to the rainforest.
The large yam looking root is quite
unlike any other yam you may have
ever seen. It is of wood consistency,
inedible, and non-natives are actu-
ally frightened when they come
across one in their newly purchased
farm or field. Unknowingly, they end
up burning one of nature's most
gentle healers, discarding it as fire-
Wild Yam has a sweet bitter flavor
with very warming energy. Its bio-

chemical constituents are com-
prised of saponins that are pre-
cursors of the female hormone
progesterone. Saponins are
plant components that have a
direct medicinal effect on cer-
tain organs of the human body
when taken internally. The me-
dicinal saponins in Wild Yam
help heal the liver, gallbladder,
kidneys, spleen, and pancreas.
The hormone precursors support
the ovaries, uterus, and fallo-
pian tubes; improving and toning
the entire female reproductive
Wild Yam has anti-inflammatory and
anti-spasmodic properties, and is
known as Colic Root or Rheumatism
Root by native healers. Historically, it
has been used to treat gallstones
pain, menstrual cramps, arthritic
and rheumatic pains, abdominal and
intestinal cramps, and colic. Naturo-
pathically, Wild Yam is used in natu-
ral hormone replacement therapy as
an alternative where progesterone is
the problem. This medicinal plant is
known to balance female hormones
as it stimulates the production of
natural progesterone; making it the

Wild Yam (Dioscorea Villosa)

perfect modern day herb for alleviat-
ing menopausal symptoms, uterine
pains, cramps, PMS, and regulating
the female menstrual cycle.
Traditionally, midwives use Wild Yam
to treat after pains, infertility, threat-
ened miscarriage, and other prob-
lems of childbirth. It is also used ef-
fectively but less frequently for
chronic gas or flatulence problems.
Wild Yam also contains a high
amount of zinc, so it can serve as a
nutritional supplement where
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Alistair King
Alistair King is the owner of
the two Texaco stations in
Big Falls and Punta Gorda
and of Fabrigas which sup-
plies commercial gases
throughout Belize. He has
been a member of the
board of directors of TIDE (Toledo Institute for Develop-
ment & the Environment) since 2000 and chairman
since 2005.

How long have you or your family lived in Belize? I've been
here forty-eight years from the age of twelve. My father was the
managing director of Caribbean tobacco company. But I'm defi-
nitely Belizean. As is my wife Edna and our children.
What are the most significant changes you have seen in
Toledo in your lifetime? Well, the road is now paved and we
also have "city" power and water. Significant investments in tour-
ism have also come along. I have also seen many failed projects
although some of them left their mark. When Esso Ventura and
the British Army were here every available hand was hired. Em-
ployers had trouble finding workers.
What makes you optimistic about the development of tourism in
Toledo? Well the potential may not be as goos as it seemed ten
or fifteen years ago. There has been a lot of environmental deg-
radation as a result of local agricultural practices. Despite this I
think tourism is probably the way to go to achieve development.
What could the government do to promote tourism in
Toledo? The laws are all in place to protect the environment
and fisheries but nobody seems interested in enforcing them.
The government needs to pay special attention to taxes on tour-
ism and help Belize stay competitive and not overtax the industry.
The Bladen Nature Reserve is a great asset for local people and
tourism with pristine primary forest. The government needs to
rethink its co-management agreements because it is not clear
enough who has responsibility and if foreigners can use areas
then local people should also be able to do the same.
What could PG Town council do to support tourism devel-
opment? The town council needs to clean up the dump down
the Water Hole road. It is a complete disgrace with chemicals
leeching into the groundwater. They should construct some pub-
lic WCs and fix the dock so that visitors arriving and departing by
boat can do so safely. They should have a permanent qualified
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If a tourist had time to visit one place only, where would
you recommend they go? The Blue Pool in the Bladen Nature
Reserve. The river makes a right hand bend there and has a
sandy beach just like on the cayes. A beautiful spot which should
be more accessible for locals and visitors alike.
Reef of rainforest? Which do you prefer? Rainforest. I'm
much more of a mountain man. I love to be in the mountains and
to see the game.
What is your favourite season or month of the year? I love
these cool months. In January you are getting out of the rain and
into the dry and it is relatively cool. Projects often start early in
the year because the dry season lies ahead.
What is your favourite village in Toledo? Big Falls because I
have lived here so long and it is a big part of my life.
What was your most memorable encounter with wild ani-
I used to see many animals from this verandah looking west to
the hills. We would sight jaguar and other cats and lots of deer.
Also yellow jaw tommy goffs. And we always saw jabiru (the larg-
est bird in Belize). But not so much these days.
What herbal medicines do you use? I drink serosi sometimes
and I use red mangrove bark on the dogs to treat mange. You
boil the bark in water and then sponge them down with it.
What is your favourite local food? Rice and beans and
stewed chicken. I am a creature of habit.
Is Toledo still the "forgotten district" or just unforgettable?
It is much more accessible but in many ways it is still forgotten.
The government dos not divide resources evenly.
How can the needs of conservation and tourism and eco-
nomic development be reconciled? I know all three can be
reconciled to work for the benefit of the district, however, for this
to happen the politicians, the NGOs and the Government would
have to makes some big changes. Responsible investors are not
exactly knocking down the door to get into the district, so we
need to to be careful in how we handle the "vetting "of them. I
have been on both sides of the fence.
The Government has the ultimate say in most decisions but in
many cases, especially in the co-management areas, they seem to
be afraid to make decisions. Most responsible investors cannot
afford to wait until these quarrels between NGOs and GOB are
sorted out.
The NGOs, not all, but most I would say, need to be much more
diplomatic in their handling of potential investors. Some of them
have become very arrogant, feeding their own egos at the expense
of the communities, running to the press with one sided stories.
Some of the investors are equally arrogant but you can't fight arro-
gance with arrogance.
The politicians, aspiring ones and serving ones need to ask them-
selves, is it about the environment or is it about me and my politi-
cal ambition. So it can work, but people have to change.

Wild Yam continued from page 11

this mineral is lacking. For chronic liver or chronic gas
problems: combine two ounces of wild yam and one-
ounce skunk root or sarsaparilla root in four pints of
boiling water. Add half an ounce of ginger and half an
ounce of anise seeds after it has boiled for twenty min-
utes. Turn off flame and allow steeping for a few min-
utes. Strain and take one cup as a tea after meals. For
gallstones: combine one ounce each of wild yam root,
china root, skunk root, and yellow ginger (turmeric).
Simmer all ingredients in four pints of water for twenty
minutes. Strain and Drink one cup daily until condition
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Craft focus: Maya Ant & Bee Group

Most members of the Toledo
BTIA Chapter are either provid-
ers of accommodation or tours.
Uniquely the Maya Ant & Bee
group is a craft collective based
in Punta Gorda. There are eight
members and they came to-
gether because they thought
they could make more impact as
a group than individually.
Although called the Ant & Bee
group they do not make honey.
The name comes from the fact Mopan Maya embroidery
that both ants and bees are successful co-operative
creatures and the group wanted to emulate that suc-
They make a variety of basket work, woven cuxtals,
purses and headbands, carved rosewood bowls and
salad sets and traditional Mopan Maya blouses, shirts
and skirts with finely embroidered border stitching (see
picture). The stitching can be geometrical but patterns
include embroidered representations of many birds and
They are able to produce to order staff uniforms for ho-
tels and lodges and offer a range of styles and color -
choices. They are able to offer high quality and reliable
delivery times since they are all work together to fulfil
their orders.

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PG Crocodile Sanctuary to the Rescue

On December 23rd, while monitor-
ing the biodiversity of the Rio
Grande River, three TIDE rangers
rescued an injured and starv--
ing American crocodile. The
creature was partially blinded
because one of its eyes had
been slashed. The rangers
brought the young croc to the
ACES* sanctuary where own-
ers Cherie and Vince Rose ad-
ministered antibiotics for the
injuries. They also force-fed the
creature small fish and shrimp. The
The young croc is now eating on amb,
its own and has gained 10
ounces. (* American Crocodile
Education Sanctuary).

The bad news is that because of
the loss of one eye, Cherie
and Vince say the young ani-
mal is unlikely to survive in the
wild. They hope to send the
croc to the Wildlife Discovery
Center near Chicago where it
will be taken care of and also
play a role in raising aware-
ness of Belizean wildlife and
hopefully encourage funding
for crocodile conservation.

Cherie, a Biologist, and Vince, a
crocodile expert, have rescued
36 crocodiles since they opened
their sanctuary in 2006. These
have included both American
crocodiles and the more reclusive


Morelet's crocodiles. So far Vince bergris Caye in northern Belize.
and Cherie have been able to re- Having been used as an attraction
lease ten of these animals back for years and fed by locals and
tourists, these large predators
had come to associate humans
Sfr with food. Protected under the
Belize Wildlife Protection Act, it
i' tis illegal to feed or catch croco-
rdiles. Since these animals had
become accustomed to being
fed (illegally) by humans, they
also ceased to fear them.
When crocodiles no longer fear

-escued baby croc-destined to become an humans, they become a seri-
assador for crocodile conservation? Ous threat to them.
Almost 12 feet in length, these
into the wild in uninhabited areas ambush predators were living un-
of the Sibun National Forest. One derneath homes in Ambergris and
rescued croc now resides at the looking for easy meals. Five local
dogs had been eaten in the
previous few months! ACES
hope to release 'the Ambergris
three' back into the wild soon.
With only 10-20,000 American
crocodiles left in the world, they
are as threatened as polar
bears. The pristine mangrove
shorelines of Belize are one of
their last strongholds.
imum respect: Vince Rose needs to be careful To visit the ACES sanctuary,
of those powerful jaws. or to report croc-human con-
flicts, call 665-CROC (2762).
Belize Zoo. The sanctuary is open to the
Another recent rescue involved public and entrance is
three mature American Crocodiles US$12.50 per person, half
that were going to be shot on Am- price for Belizeans. Help ACES

Toledo Cacao Fest 2010
21-23 May

Contact Sulma Hernandez for
more information about vol-
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sponsorship and advertising
opportunities. Full pro-
gramme details in April's edi-
tion of The Toledo Howler.
BTIA Information Center 722-

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