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: November 2010
Edition: Rev.
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Volume ID: VID00014
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The Toledo Howler

Newspaper of the Toledo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association



November Cele-

Calendar of


Wat's Cookin?

Coral Reefs

Map of PG



Coral Reefs

Kayaking in

Kayaking in


Arzu on Medici-
nal Plants

Southern Voices
Interview: Gom-
ier Longville

Archaeology in
Toledo: Paynes
Creek update

Birding with Lee

Taste of Belize

Map of Toledo



November in Peini

We have come to that time of
year again when Punta Gorda
E (Peini in the Garifuna lan-
guage) becomes the centre
for activities surrounding the
November Garifuna celebra-
tions. While the weekend of
Friday 19 celebrates the re-
enactment of the arrival of
the Garinagu on the coast of
Belize, the previous weekend
3 is the focus of musical cele-
brations with the fifth annual
3 Battle of the Drums.
There is a new element
added this year for the Battle
5 of the Drums' fifth anniver-
sary. Friday night at the PG
Sports Bar will offer Garifuna
food and music. The food will
be prepared by chefs from
6 Machac Hill Lodge and the
Radisson Fort George in Be-
lize City using traditional Gari-

Au funa cuisine and adapting it
to a contemporary style.
16 Live music performance will
feature Paul Nabor, Mario
16 and the Umalali Group, Lloyd,
Nuru, Adrian the Doc and

Ana Arzu sells herbal remedies at

Lascelle Martinez.
The drumming contest on
Saturday will take place on
the Punta Gorda Football
field, weather permitting.
This year the contestants are
back up to nine bands.
Georgetown is a new entrant
From Belize and the interna-
tional bands are from
Livingston across the pond in
Guatemala and Baja Mar in
This year in addition to the
drumming prizes there will be
awards for the best chumba
performance, wanaragua
dancer and the best costume
for a band.
On Sunday the Parandero
Top Ten will be part of a live
music broadcast from the
sunset terrace at Beya
During the daytime on Satur-
day BTIA will be hosting the
fourth Toledo Tourism Expo
(TOLTEX) in Central Park.
TOLTEX coincides with World

Responsible Tourism Day
which takes place in London
at the same time as the
World Travel Mart trade
Responsible tourism is about
inclusion of the local popula-
tion in tourism and its bene-
fits. This means valuing tradi-
tions and cultures and rein-
forcing them through inclu-
sion in tourism offerings. It
extends to craftspeople, local
ethnic cuisines, music and
So come to PG town on Satur-
day 13th November. Enjoy
different foods, music and
cultures and win a prize in
the grand raffle, like an all
inclusive trip for two to Am-

Paul Nabor; Legendary
bergris Caye staying in the
Mayan Princess Hotel.
Transport is offered by Tropic
Air and the Caye Caulker Wa-
ter Taxi Association. There is
a meal out offered by the
Caramba Restaurant and a
day tour generously don-
mated by SEAduced by Be-
See the Calendar of Events
page 2 for more details.

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: Rob Hirons
Secretary. Yvonne Villoria 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 671-7172/610-
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Calendar of Events

Date Event Venue / Time Other Info

7th Nov Wanaragua (John Canoe) Dance Contest For more information
Showcase of talent from which judges will decide who Venue to be confirmed / 7pm about all Battle of the
start Drums events, phone 621-
performs at Battle of the Drums 0140
11th Nov Ms. Yurumein Contest Adults $5
Garifuna women display their creative talents Parish Hall/ 7m Children $3

12th Nov Battle of the Drums Anniversary Food & Rooftop, PG Sports Bar/ $25 per person
Fete Celebration of Garifuna food and music 7pm-2am

13 Nov Toledo Tourism Expo TOLTEX Displays of crafts, Central Park, Punta Gorda/ Free event
food, music and other tourism related products and 9am-5pm
services in Toledo
13 Nov Battle of the Drums Adults: $12 in advance,
Punta Gorda Football Field/ $15 at the door. Students:
Exciting evening of entertainment as drumming $7. Reserve seating: $20
groups from around the region compete for top prizes 7:30pm start

14th Nov Paranda Top 10 Live radio broadcast focusing
on local Paranda music with live performances Sunset Terrace, Beya Suites, PG

19th Nov Garifuna Settlement Day

20th-22nd Toledo Cacao Fest
May 2011 Oening night Wine & Chocolate evening More information to follow
in next Howler

21st May Cacao Fest
Taste of Toledo cookery and craft fair. Cacao for Kids, Central Park, PG
Sea Toledo and Cacao Trail tours, evening entertain-
22nd May Cacao Fest
Mayan traditional dance, food and music Lubaantun Mayan site

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,, Toledo Cacao Festival 2011
iI Next year's Cacao Festival will be held from 20th to 22nd May, with its winning blend of cacao and culture, including inland II
i and marine tours, arts and crafts, archaeology and music. The Festival opens with its signature Wine & Chocolate evening,
II featuring chocolate delights from Belizean chocolatiers. Mark your diary now, and check outwww.ToledoChocolate for infor-
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im mation, or contact the Toledo Tourism Information Centre. Cacao Fest is callingyou! The Cacao Festival Committee in- m1
c ludes volunteers from BTIA Toledo, Ya'axche Conservation Trust, the Toledo Cacao Growers Association, and other com-
iN munity groups and individuals. If you would like to be a part of Cacao Festival 2011, volunteering time and skills, please "
1i contact Sulma Hernandez at the Toledo Tourism Information Centre. 722-2531 m
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The Lodge at Big Falls

Winner "Best Small Hotel of the Year'

Fall Specials now available!

Phone: 671-7172

Email: info@thelodgeatdbigfa Is.com
Relax Refresh Rediscover Renew


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
Fajina Firehearth Food Front St, PG Local Mayan Food 666-6144 Mon-Sat: 7am-7:30pm. Closed on
Gomier's Restaurant and Alejandro Vernon St, near Local & international 722-2929 Mon-Sat: 8am-2pm & 6-9pm.
Soy Centre PG Welcome sign vegetarian / Seafood 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 Pan Central Ameri- 722-0050 Lunch: noon-2:30pm. Dinner: 7:30-
can and International 10pm. [Reservations preferred]
Mangrove Restaurant Cattle Landing, by the Belizean/ Interna- 722-2270 Daily: 5pm-10pm. [Reservations
curve 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
Rainbow Cafe Queen St, PG, by the park Belizean 631-2309 Mon-Sat: 7am-2pm. Closed on
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-
Village days. Group reservations required
The Snack Shack BTL parking lot, PG Breakfast& lunch/ 702-0020 Mon-Sat: 7am 3pm. Closed Sun-
Snacks, shakes, days
juices & pastries
Waluco's Opposite TIDE pier in Belizean/East In- 670-3672 Mon-Thurs: 7am-2pm & 5-10pm.
Hopeville dian/Seafood/ Weekends: 7am-late

Wat's Cookin? Method

Coco Yam Fritters 1. Finely chop the onions, sweet pepper, celery and
spring onion (scallion) and place in a mixing bowl
Ingredients Quantity with the spices;
Grated coco yam 1/2 b 2. Grate the coco yam and add to the spice, herb and
White flour 1/4 cup vegetable mixture;
Whole wheat flour 14 cup 3. Add the flour and baking powder last and mix Well
Baking powder I tsp 4. Slowly add the water and mix with the other ingre-
Onion 1 medium dients to make a stiff doughy mixture;
Garlic cloves 3 5. Deep fry for two to three minutes. Test to make
Sweet pepper 1/2 sure that the fritter is cooked through
Celery 1/2 stick
Cilantro 4 leaves
Fresh basil 5 leaves Recipe contributed by Gomier Longville. Gomier's
Spring onion 1 vegetarian restaurant is located to the right of the PG
Curry powder 1 tsp Welcome sign as you enter PG after crossing Joe Tay-
Garlic powder I tsp lor Bridge.
Oregano 1/4 tsp See The Howler's interview with Gomier in Southern
Coriander powder 4 tsp Voices on page 12.
Salt 11/4 tsp
Yellow ginger 14 tsp
Water 11/4 cup

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P.O. Box 135. Punts Gardi),
Toledo District, Belfz, C.A

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(500-722-0650 or 672-050
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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 Toledo Welcomes

New Members in 2010
Membership in BTIA
Toledo has grown in the
past year and during that
time we have welcomed:

* The Maya Ant and Bee
craft group
* The Fajina Craft Centre
* SeikoVieira and
* Chrisbel Perez as indi-
vidual members


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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 sout of PG
on Ex-Sercemerns Road
10. Scotia Bank
11. TIDE Tours


How Do I Join BTIA?
Visit www.btia.org to read
about BTIA and all the
membership benefits and
to download an applica-
tion form. Complete the
form and hand it in to
Sulma Hernandez 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.

Natural History of Toledo: Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are one of the most diverse
marine ecosystems and they have fre-
quently been described as the rainfor-
ests of the sea because of this high
level of biodiversity. Thousands of spe-
cies of fish, molluscs, sponges,
echinoderms, and other inver-
tebrates (animals without a
backbone) live in close asso-
ciation with coral reefs, making
them very complex ecosys-
tems. Coral reefs occupy less
than 0.001% of world's ocean
surface yet they are home to
over 25% of all marine spe-
cies. In the Caribbean alone
there are over 500 fish species
and over 70 hard coral species
associated with reefs. But
what are coral reefs and how
are they formed?

Coral reefs are large, under- The b
water, wave-resistant struc- rainfoi
tures made from the calcium
carbonate skeletons of corals. Corals
are actually living animals (not rocks or
plants) and there are two types soft
corals (with no hard skeleton) and
hard corals or reef-builders (with a
hard skeleton). It is the skeletons of
hard corals that build the reefs. Each

individual animal is called a polyp,
which looks similar to a small sea
anemone, and these polyps create
hard carbonate cups or skeletons
around their base for support and pro-

o-diversity of the coral reef matches the diversity it
rest on land

tection. Polyps often live together in
groups and the skeletons of the polyps
fuse together to form colonies. Coral
reefs are the result of hundreds of
coral colonies growing next to, and on
top of, each other for thousands of
years. Corals are very slow growing

animals with some species growing up
to 10cm a year, but other species
growing less than 1cm a year. As a
result, the large coral colonies seen on
reefs could be over 100 years old.

Reef-building corals are only
found within shallow water, usu-
ally less than 50m deep, due to a
special relationship between the
individual coral polyps and tiny
plants called zooxanthellae. Each
coral polyp contains zooxanthel-
lae within its tissues and these
tiny, single-celled plants use
sunlight to photosynthesise and
produce excess nutrients which
are used as a food source by the
coral polyp. Corals can receive up
to 90% of their food supply from
the zooxanthellae within their
tissues; the remaining 10% is
Sthe obtained by catching tiny ani-
mals from the water using their
tentacles. Zooxanthellae also
give corals their colour; without these
plants, corals would appear white as
the coral skeleton would be visible
through the clear coral tissue.

Continued on page 7



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Business Name Email Phone Contact Person

American Crocodile acesnpo@hughes.net 665-2762 Vince & Cherie Rose
Education Sanctuary
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
Chrisbel Perez cuxlinha@live.com 630-7673 Chris Perez
Cuxlin Ha Retirement Village cuxlinha@hotmail.com 501-614-2518 Dona Lee Scafe
Dem Dats Doin demdatsdoin@btl.net 501-722-2470 Yvonne Villoria
Fajina Craft Center of Belize fajina.craft.center@gmail.com 666-6141 Candelaria Pop
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 Francis Romero
Scotia Bank elvis.perez@scotiabank.com 722-0098/0099 Elvis Perez
The Sea Front Inn larry@seafrontinn.com 722-2300 Larry & Carol Smith
Seiko Vieira seikovieira7@gmail com 665-5394 Seiko Vieira
Sun Creek Lodge suncreek@hughes.net 600-8773/614-2080 Bruno & Melissa Kuppinger
TIDE Tours info@tidetours.org 722-2129 Karel Kuran
Toledo Eco-Tourism Association teabelize@googlemail.com 702-2119 Vicente Sackul / Reyes Chun
Toledo Tour Guides Association ttgabze@gmail.com 660-3974 Dennis Garbutt
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

TOLTEX Raffle Prizes

+ Vacation Package for Two
Round trip flights from PG to Belize City Tropic Air
Round trip water taxi from Belize City to San Pedro
Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association
2 night's accommodation at the Mayan Princess Ho-
1 day sailing to Caye Culker SEAduced by Belize
$100 gift certificate Caramba's Restaurant
+ 2 Night's B&B for 2 The Lodge at Big Falls
+ 2 Night's B&B for 2 Coral House Inn
+ Guided kayaking on Joe Taylor Creek for 2 TIDE Tours
+ Gift package Dreamlight Computer Center, PG
+ 1 Return Ticket PG-Puerto Barrios Requena's Water Taxi
+ $100 Gift Certificate Mirage International Ltd.
+ Basket of Tumul K'in Products Tumul K'in
+ I mixed case of 12 bottles: red wine, ginger wine and cam-
pari Premium Wines and Spirits, Belize City
+ 1 Smart Phone package SMARTSpeednet
+ $150 Gift Certificate Chateau Caribbean Hotel, Belize City
Raffle to be drawn November 13 at TOLTEX

Library Lecture Series
Welcomes Visitors
A great way to find out what's on local
people's minds is to attend one of the
monthly lecture events organized by the
PG library.
Each month, the library invites speakers
to explore topics ranging from the mean-
ing of Belizean celebrations, the impor-
tance of Belizean holidays, and contem-
porary issues of concern to the people of
In September, Dr. Joseph Palacio dis-
cussed the significance of the Independ-
ence Day celebrations. In October, high
school teams debated the relevance of
studying the "discoveries" of Christopher
Columbus. On November 28th, the youth
and elders of the Garifuna community will
discuss what it means to be Garifuna in
the 21st century.

Sunday, November 28, 4 pm
Old Doctors' Quarters, Front Street (next
door to the Tourism Information Centre).

TOLTEX Sponsorship BTIA Toledo would like to thank the following businesses and or-

ganizations for their generous sponsorship of TOLTEX 2010

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Coral Reefs
Continued from page 5

In return for the food source, coral pol-

yps provide zooxanthellae
with protection and food
(waste products from the
Coral reefs are extremely
important ecosystems for a
variety of reasons and they
provide a number of func-
tions and services. Coral
reefs provide habi-
tat and food source
for thousands of
species of fish,
plants and inverte-
brates, including
commercial spe-
cies such as the Caribbean

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nappers and
eefs also pro-
nd communi-
ties from
the im-
pacts of

and hurricanes by
providing an off-
shore barrier that
absorbs the en-
ergy from the
waves. Coral
reefs are also
very important in
generating eco-
nomic benefits
through tourism
by attracting
SCUBA divers,
snorkelers, fly-
fishers, etc. The

value of reef-related fisheries, tourism,
and shoreline protection services in
Belize is estimated to be US$221-
$310 million per year (Cooper et al.
2009). However, coral reefs are fragile
ecosystems due to their sensitivity to
environmental conditions, and many
coral reefs are under threat from cli-
mate change, overfishing, pollution and

Coral polyps (Courtesy www.noaa.gov)

nutrient run-off from the land.

Cooper E, Burke L, Bood N (2009) Coastal
Capital: Belize. The Economic contribution
of Belize's coral reefs and mangroves. WRI
Working Paper, World Resources Institute,
Washington DC

Contributed by Dr Nicola Foster,
formerly of TIDE
Contact info@tidebelize.org




Kayaking in Toledo

Toledo District offers a variety of kayak-
ing opportunities both inland and at
In this feature the Howler brings to-
gether for the first time the trips on
offer by tour operators around the dis-
Kayaking is one of the best ways to
explore the Toledo District, which is rich
with rivers and waterways. Not only are
kayaks an easy way to travel through
the jungle, they also have little to no
environmental impact.
A number of important rivers empty into
the Gulf of Honduras. These are from
south to north, the Sarstoon river on
the Guatemalan border, the Temash,
Moho, Rio Grande, Golden Stream and

Kayaking on Joe Taylor Creek
Deep River.
For reasons of accessibility most inland
kayakingtrips run the Rio Grande or
Moho or closer to town Joe Taylor Creek
over which you pass on the single lane
bridge as you arrive in Punta Gorda.
Visitors to Punta Gorda town may hire
kayaks from TIDE Tours on Front Street
opposite the Tourism Information Cen-
tre to explore Joe Taylor Creek. This
same trip is also offered by Garbutt's
Marine whose office and equipment
are right on Joe Taylor Creek itself.
This creek flows down out of the hills
into the ocean right in the middle of
town. Leave civilization behind after
paddlingjust a quarter of a mile up-
stream. The creek constricts down to a
mangrove tunnel then plunges into high
bush where it feels like miles from any-
where and magic is possible. Keep an
eye out for black howler monkeys in the
trees and gibnut on the ground. This
trip can be extended by paddling out of
the river mouth and following the coast
in either direction.
TIDE Tours also offer full-day trips on
the lower reaches of the Rio Grande.
The kayaks are launched at Wilson's
Landingjust down stream from
Machaca Hill Lodge. Guests can enjoy
an hour of tranquil early morning pad-

dling listening to and ob-
serving wildlife such as
kingfishers, howler mon-
keys, coatimundi and
TIDE owns and conserves
many acres on the banks
of the Rio Grande and
guests can stop and stroll
through one of TIDE's
mahogany plantations
and learn about sustain-
able re-forestation pro-
jects that are going on
around the area. Spend
some time at the Water
Hole Ranger Station's Visitor
Here you can check out reconstructed
manatee and dolphin skeletons, learn
how to identify poisonous snakes, feel
the slick shell of a hawksbill and green
sea turtles and learn about local croco-
Walk the Dan Campbell nature trail.
Remember to take binoculars! This
well maintained trail is an excellent
place to view wildlife.
From the Ranger Station guests may
paddle the river out to sea.
Experience the change of eco-system
as you continue paddling down river
into mangroves. Keep a lookout for
egrets, manatee, or the giant goliath
grouper. Watch local fisherman cast
their lines at the mouth of the river in
hopes of a red snapper or a barracuda.
Turn south and follow the coast back to
Machaca Hill's prime location on the
Rio Grande provides the perfect setting
for a scenic kayak tour. The river gently
winds through the rainforest providing
a leisurely paddle either up or down-
stream as guides
point out a vari-
ety of flora and
fauna. The di-
verse vegetation
flanking both
sides of the Rio
Grande is home
to a variety of
wildlife igua-
nas, monkeys,
tapir and jaguar
to name a
few. Paddlers
often see fish,
such as tarpon
rolling alongside
their boats as
well. However,
the numerous
birds are always
one of the high-
lights of a kayak tour, from herons on
the riverbanks to hawks in the highest
trees, there is always something inter-
estingto watch. Machaca Hill provides
all top-of-the-line equipment single
and double Ocean Kayak brand kayaks
with back rests, life jackets in multiple
sizes and comfortable paddles. The

Near the mouth of the Rio Grande

guides will also provide paddling in-
struction if needed.
The Lodge at Big Falls offers kayaking
tours on the upper reaches of the same
Rio Grande. The Lodge has eight sit-on-
top kayaks, both singles and doubles.
Their most popular half-day kayaking
tour begins with a put in at the bridge
in the village of San Miguel and is then
a float downstream back to the Lodge
at Big Falls. Even this far upstream
there is no real white water so novices
can relax and enjoy the scenery. The
river meanders through gallery forest
that line the banks for most of the way.
A large variety of birds like kingfishers,
herons, sungrebe, hawks and wood
storks can be seen and occasionally
white-tailed deer, coatimundi and cats
as well as numerous large iguana that
dive from the trees into the river at the
sound of the approaching boats and
people. This belly flop into the water is
the iguana's natural flight mechanism.
From there they can stay still on the
river bed for as long as twenty minutes,
makingthem vulnerable to being
caught by locals for bush meat.

The upper Rio Grande

Further south on the Moho river Cotton
Tree Lodge offers kayaking trips for
overnight guests or day visitors.
Kayakingon the Moho River is an ap-
pealingway to spend an hour or a full
day. The river is clean and gentle, and
even first-time kayakers will enjoy pad-
dling upstream and floating back to

Kayak The Rivers & Cayes

Cotton Tree, or just staying around the
docks and observing birds, turtles, and
iguanas along the river banks. They
have seven complimentary kayaks
available, six single and one double, for
guests to use anytime. Traditional
wooden dugout canoes are also avail-
able. They will drive guests with kayaks
to different access points along the
Moho River and let them paddle back.
A five mile float downstream takes visi-
tors to the small village of Boom Creek
on the banks of the Moho.
Kayak downstream approximately five
miles, enjoying the wildlife along the
riverbanks and passing Mayan
neighbors in dugout canoes along the
way. The lodge arranges collection
from boom Creek village. Another trip
will take guests and their kayaks up to
the village of Santa Ana from where
they can float back down to the lodge.
The route passes Mayan women doing
their laundry in the river and hand-line
fisherman catchingthe family's dinner.
About half a mile upstream from Cotton
Tree, large rows of submerged
stones cross the river in several
places. Some think these are ruins
from an ancient Mayan bridge, but
no one knows for sure. Guests
may borrow a snorkel and mask
from the lodge, explore the site,
and draw their own conclusions.
Paddle a half-mile further up-
stream and tie your kayaks to the
base of Kite's Hill. This land used
to be owned by Kite Powell an ex-
patriate who taught jungle survival
skills to British clients on his prop-
erty. It is now abandoned but visi-
tors might find some traces from
his past as they climb the steep La
hillside. It takes approximately riv
twenty minutes to reach the sum-
mit, where there are views of the Carib-
bean, the Belizean countryside, and the
hills of Guatemala.

The clear blue water flowingfrom Blue
Creek Cave is one of the sources of the
Moho River. After explor-
ing Blue Creek cave or
completingthe Blue Creek
hike guests may paddle
the fifteen miles back to
Cotton Tree. Cotton Tree
dopes not say how many
guests choose that option.
SFI Tours offers semi-
white water kayaking on
the Moho river from the
remote village of Aguacate
about three miles beyond
Blue Creek village down to -
Jordan. The Aguacate-
Jordan stretch is a half
day which can be extended Guide
to a full day by continuing
downstream past the Jordan bridge to
the village of Santa Ana. The road to
Barranco and Crique Sarco crosses the
river here. Depending upon the volume
of water in the river SFI will use either
hard kayaks or inflatables.

Irge male iguanas are a common sight alongToled
'ers, both in the trees and on the ground.
Out on the cayes Garbutt's Marine offer
kayaking on the Sapodilla Cayes. They
are based on Lime Caye and have half
a dozen kayaks, both doubles and sin-
gles. Guests on packages have the

free use of the kayaks but day visitors
may also hire them. They can be used

d kayaking from San Miguel to Big Falls

to explore the cayes from Lime Caye to
Hunting Caye and Nicholas Caye or
used to fish on the flats around those
same cayes.
Cuxlin Ha also has kayaks available for
guests at their facility on Tom Owen's
Caye just at the northern end of
the Sapodilla Range. They offer
free sit-inside kayaks to their
guests who can use them to
paddle between their two island
which lie about five hundred
yards apart.
Safety is an important starting
point for all enjoyable kayaking
adventures. Licensed tour op-
erators and guides are trained
in first aid and provide buoyancy
vests for each guest. Only ex-
perienced kayaking guides are
able to accurately judge when
weather and water conditions
o's are safe for a trip. Always make
sure the company or individual
you choose is properly licensed.
For more information contact the Tour-
ism Information Office in PG on 722-

Toledo Kayaking Options

Cotton Tree Lodge
Kayaking Locations Along the length of the Moho river
from Blue Creek village to Boom Creek village

Cuxlin Ha
Kayaking Locations Tom Owen's Caye in the Sapodilla
Kayaks Sit-inside

Garbutt's Marine
Kayaking Locations The Sapodilla Cayes and Joe Taylor
Kayaks Sit-on-top and sit-inside, singles and doubles

The Lodge at Big Falls
Kayaking locations Upper Rio Grande and Joe Taylor

Kayaks Hobie sit-on-top, singles and doubles

Machaca Hill Lodge
Kayaking Locations Lower Rio Grande
Kayaks Ocean Kayaks, singles and doubles

SFI Tours (Sea Front Inn Tours)
Kayaking Locations Moho river from Aguacate
to Santa Ana
Kayaks Sit-on-top and inflatables

TIDE Tours
Kayaking Locations Joe Taylor Creek, the lower Rio
Grande and coast
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Flights stop at Placencia & Dangriga
Arrive In Belize
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Arzu on Medicinal Plants: Neem

Even though Neem is not indige-
nous to Belize, it's here, its queer,
and its wonderful! Science has yet
to identify a botanical that meets
the definition of a true panacea
other than the Neem tree. Many
medicinal plants have been tried
and tested throughout time. But
few have withstood modern scien-
tific scrutiny like the sacred Neem.
For this and all the reasons stated
below, this medicinal plant war-
rants more than honorable men-
The Neem tree is native to tropical
South-East Asia, where it is recog-
nized as a sacred medicinal plant.
Neem is a broad leaved tropical
evergreen related to mahogany. It is
fast growing, extremely drought re-
sistant, and has been cultivated for
a longtime in arid zones of Asia,
Africa, and Central America for tim-
ber, among other uses.
From ancient to modern times,
every part of this fascinating tree
has been used to treat hundreds of
different maladies and dis-eases.
Neem is used medicinally to de-
stroy viruses, kill bacteria and fungi;
alleviate fever, reduce inflamma-
tion, reduce tumors, alleviate pain,
kill and expel parasites, support
digestion, and as a natural form of
birth control FOR MEN.
Neem is a powerful blood purifier
and detoxifier that works by de-
stroying the growth of disease-
causing organisms in the blood,
and has the added intelligence of
allowing friendly bacteria to remain
unaffected. The chemical constitu-
ents of Neem boost the immune
system on all levels while helping
the body fight infection. It is so ef-
fective that it is now being used to
treat HIV infections and AIDS.
Healthy cells require a more alka-
line environment. The alkaline na-
ture of Neem helps change the

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Unlike synthetic antibi-
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by the human body.
Irritating skin condi-
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Neem leaves added to
bath water or by apply-
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affected area.
Taking a mild Neem
leaf tea will enhance
antibody production and the body's
immune response, helping to pre-
vent infection.
In cases of fever, Neem is used tra-
ditionally to lower body tempera-
ture, and to reduce inflammation in
the case of swelling. Traditional
healers use it as an anti-tumor rem-
edy to reduce tumors. It is also
used to relieve pain, and for expel-
ling or destroying parasitic worms.
Midwives use it to clear the uterus
after a difficult birth.
Even though Neem is used to pre-
vent nausea and vomiting, it also
induces abortion and for this rea-
son is not to be used by pregnant
women or by women wishing to be-
come pregnant. At no time during a
pregnancy should Neem be used.
Because Neem prevents implanta-
tion it is used in some countries as
a form of birth control, and is taken
mostly by men as the male birth
control pill.
Preparing Neem is really easy. You
just dry the harvested leaves and
store for later use. Alternatively, the
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The neem leaves and flowers

capsule is equal to one cup of tea.
The best way to use Neem is to
take as a nutritional supplement
While there are herbs that are far
better known, comprehensive sci-
entific research has proven that
Neem has a wider range of uses
than any other herb known to man.
Before there were doctors, hospi-
tals, and clinics; over 5000 years
ago, native medicine people were
using Neem. Ongoing scientific re-
search is validating what indige-
nous healers have known for thou-
sands of years; that medicinal
plants work just fine, and their
properties address the many health
problems of the human body.
This brief overview shows that
Neem has been of great medicinal
value to humankind for thousands
of years. Science continues to dem-
onstrate uses that will certainly in-
crease overtime balancing the
thousands of years of Neem's help-
fulness to humanity.
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Gomier Longville

Gomier Longville owns and
runs Gomier's Restaurant in
Punta Gorda offeringvege-
tarian and seafood cuisine.

Have you always lived in
Toledo, Gomier? I came to
PG in January of 1996 and 4
opened the restaurant in ""
December 1997. I was born in St Lucia. I had read about the
ancient Maya healing and I wanted to become a healer and
to do practice traditional medicine. I came with my wife Mi-
chelle who had been teaching art in a girl's centre where I
had been teaching agriculture.
What are the most significant changes you have seen in
Toledo in your time here? There have not been too many.
There are more people arriving from our Central American
neighbours, there is the new customs building and the high-
way of course. There seem to be some small changes in atti-
Are you optimistic about the development of tourism in
Toledo? We have so many natural resources from the sea, to
Mayan ruins and waterfalls. I think it is just a matter of mar-
keting Toledo and making it happen.
Reef or rainforest, Gomier? Rainforest because without the
rainforest I believe we would not have a reef. There would be
a lot of erosion and with so much soil leaching into the sea
the fish and corals would be messed up.
Life comes from the rainforest and everything originates from
it. Without that we would have nothing. There would be less
water in the rivers and that in turn would have a negative
effect on the reef.
And if a tourist can only visit one place in Toledo which would
it be? First I would send people to the Rio Blanco park and
waterfall there and if I had a second choice I would recom-
mend Blue Creek.
Which is your favourite month or season? I like August be-
cause it is my birthday on the twelfth and it is like a re-birth
and November because that is the month when much of the
fruit starts to get sweet and the oranges, grapefruit and pine-

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Toledo Howler
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Tropic Air and Maya Island Air terminals throughout
Business premises of BTIA members in Toledo (see
list page 6).
Tropic Air office in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.
Requena's Charters office in Puerto Barrios, Guate-
Placencia Tourist information Center, Placencia Vil-
Gas stations on Southern and Western Highway
Online at: www.belizefirst.com;

apples are coming in.
What is your favourite Belizean dish? Hudut and fish serre.
Why do you recommend a vegetarian diet? I think many peo-
ple around here think that if you don't eat meat you are going
to die. We don't understand how rich a vegetarian diet can
be when it includes fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains
and legumes like lentils.
In that case, why do you eatfish? Well there was a time when
I was completely vegan but I grew up in a small fishing village
in St Lucia and fish was an important part of the diet. Fish
contains omega oils which are helpful in preventing arterio-
schlerosis and heart attacks.
How can you change people's attitudes to their diet?
I think you have to start by educating the children at school
about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables. Many
people do not have enough fibre and roughage in their
meals; just starch and meats.
Since people are unlikely to completely change their diets
overnight what would be a first step you would recommend
for a healthier diet?
Adding at least one serving of fruit and vegetables a day to
the diet would be a good start. We have plenty of fruit and
vegetables here but people don't eat them.
Do you have any plans to develop the restaurant? My most
recent innovation is the introduction of vegetarian cookery
classes which can be individual tuition or in small groups of
up to a maximum of eight.
Thanks, Gomier, I feel in need of a fruit smoothie.
You're Welcome, Howler.
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Archaeology in Toledo:

New Three Year Project for Paynes Creek

The ancient Maya wooden buildings preserved below the seafloor
in Paynes Creek National Park are a great discovery for archae-
ology and have unrealized potential for education and archaeologi-
cal tourism in the nearby communities in southern Belize. With
funding from the National Science Foundation, National Geo-
graphic Society, and FAMSI (http'//www famsi org/
reports/05032/), archaeologists found and mapped some 4000
wooden posts defining buildings, and tons of briquetage-salt mak-
ing artifacts. The Underwater Maya sites in Paynes Creek National
Park were part of a massive ancient Maya salt industry supplying
salt to the inland cities of the Classic period where this basic bio-
logical necessity was scarce (http'//www ga Isu edu/
mckilloppdfs.html). The Paynes Creek sites are contemporary with
Maya cities in southern Belize such as Lubaantun, Uxbenka, and
Nim Li Punit-places where salt was in short supply.
Beginning in spring of 2011, archaeologists from Louisiana State
University, led by Heather McKillop, will carry out a three-year pro-
gram of
public out-
reach to
share infor-
about the
Creek dis-
(locally in
Belize and
PhD student Bretton Somers at Total Station to map posts and to en-
gage the
local communities in preservation of the Paynes Creek sites
through archaeological tourism. The project is funded by a Site
Preservation Grant from the Archaeological Institute of America
and has received approval from the Belize government Institute of
Archaeology, with whom Mckillop will continue to consult closely

throughout the three year
project. She has consulted
with TIDE and will continue
to work closely with TIDE,
who co-manages both
Paynes Creek National Park
and Port Honduras Marine
In the first phase of the
project, beginning in spring
2011, the team will have
workshops and talks tar-
geted to schools, tour
guides, tour operators, and
other interested groups. In
the second phase of the
project, they will develop a
display in Punta Gorda fea-
turing some of the Paynes Local guide Jackie Young holds prism pole
Creek archaeological dis-
coveries. For those wantingto see the underwater sites, the ar-
chaeologists will be working with TIDE in the third phase of the
project to construct an observation platform, where small boats
can moor and visitors can view artifacts through Plexiglas. Tour
guides will be able to take visitors to displays at the TIDE ranger
stations in Paynes Creek National Park and Port Honduras Marine
The idea for the Observation Platform comes from McKillop's previ-
ous excavations at Wild Cane Cay and Frenchman's Cay. Tour
guides knew that when they brought visitors by boat to the islands,
the archaeologists would tour them around the excavations. That
enhanced the tourism experience and put money in the pockets of
the local tour guides. Tour guides taking people for fishing, snorkel-
ing, or birding could add archaeological sites to their destination.
But the guides also knew that when the team left the sites, that
tourism experience was gone. The excavations had been back-filled
and there was no archaeological tour.
Continued on page 15

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Toledo's Changing Birdscape Part 2 by Lee Jones

In the last issue of The Howler, I
wrote about "invasions" of certain
species into southern Belize primar-
ily from Mexico and Guatemala. All
the birds mentioned in the last is-
sue are native North American spe-
cies that have expanded their range
on their own as the landscape of the
continent has been altered by man
over the years. Other species have
been purposely introduced by man
to regions where they never oc-
curred naturally. The Tricolored Mu-
nia, an agricultural pest from South-
east Asia with an insatiable appetite
for rice, was introduced into the
New World (most notably, Puerto
Rico), probably through the pet
trade, and has now spread appar-
ently without the aid of man west-
ward into Central America. In Costa
Rica, three individuals were found in

the Guanacaste region in 1995.
This "seed" population grew rapidly,
and by 2003 had spread northward
into commercial rice-growing areas
where it has the potential to be-
come an agricultural pest. In Belize,
a small group showed up on Caye
Caulker on 4 August 2003, and they
are now being seen with increasing
frequency on the mainland in Or-
ange Walk and Corozal districts.
Luckily, they have not yet invaded in
large numbers and their impact on
rice cultivation has been nil.
One interesting foreigner that
should have little impact on the na-
tive flora and fauna is the Eurasian

Collared-Dove. Originally from
Europe and Asia, it was intro-
duced by the pet trade to the
Bahamas in the mid-1970s. A
pet burglar released some of
the birds shortly thereafter,
and they spread rapidly to
other islands and eventually to
Florida on the U.S. mainland.
Once they reached the
mainland they spread like
wildfire across the continent,
making it all the way to Califoi-
nia in less than two decades.
However, it has not yet colo-
nized Central America in sig-
nificant numbers, perhaps be-
cause it does not favor the tropical
heat, but a few have recently
reached Costa Rica and Belize, a
pair even breeding in Belize City last
SCloser to home, the
' House Sparrow, another
,' Eurasian species that
Swas introduced into the
' New World by man, can
be found at and within a
few blocks of the Punta
,. Gorda police station. It
Reached P.G. in the early
S or mid-1980s, perhaps
arriving on a barge from
Puerto Barrios, but it has
never spread very far.
Thought to be limited to
nest sites that cannot be reached by
grackles, such as under the eaves
of the police station, it has re-
mained strictly within this two-block
section of town. More recently, it
has made it independently to Dan-
griga, again most likely by boat from
Guatemala or Honduras. Interest-
ingly, the few birds in Dangriga are
also found only around the police
station. It has not colonized Belize
City or other urban areas in Belize;
however, a small population per-
sisted around the citrus processing
plant in the Stann Creek Valley for a
few years.
So, all these recent additions, ex-

cept maybe the munia, must be a

Eurasian Collared Dove

good thing, right? Well, it certainly
means more species to add to your
"life list". But remember, most of
these species would not be here if
the rainforests had not been re-
placed by expanding urban and agri-
cultural corridors along the North-
ern, Western, and Southern high-
ways. But because much tropical
forest remains in Belize, most rain-
forest birds are still doing reasona-
bly well. The most obvious excep-
tions are game birds such as Great
Curassow, Crested Guan (quam),
and Ocellated Turkey. All three still
thrive in protected areas, but unsus-
tainable and largely unregulated
hunting has seriously reduced their
numbers in many other areas. The
most recent, and perhaps most at-
tractive species to take a hit due to
anthropogenic intervention is the
Scarlet Macaw. The subspecies in
Belize is globally endangered. The
flooding of the lower Raspaculo
drainage in western Cayo District by
hydroelectric projects, most recently
the Chalillo Dam, has inundated
most of its nesting habitat. Whether
or not it will survive in what is left of
its habitat has yet to be determined
but scientists are closely monitoring
the macaw population.
H. Lee Jones is 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 Be-

Paynes Creek Continued from page 13
Having discussed the idea of a town display and observation plat-
form for several years with tour guides, tour operators, various
NGOs, and citizens, McKillop received much enthusiasm about the
project, but needed funds. The AIA Site Preservation Grant provides
needed funding to carry out the project-although additional finan-
cial and "in-kind" support will be sought.
The AIA Site preservation grant program is intended to instill in
local communities reasons to preserve significant archaeological
sites. By educational outreach the team hopes to educate students
and others in the community about the value of the Underwater
Maya sites. By the Punta Gorda Town display, as well as other dis-
plays and the observation platform, they hope to provide tourist
destinations that enhance tourism experience, thereby making the
sites economically valuable for the citizens of southern Belize to
protect and preserve. By integrating archaeology with other tourism

experiences such as fishing, birding, and visits to the cays, they
hope the citizens of southern Belize will further efforts to preserve
and protect the important cultural and natural resources of Paynes
Creek and Port Honduras.

Grad student Mark
Robinson and
Project Director
Heather McKillop
hold ancient wood
post at Paynes
Creek archaeologi-
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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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Taste of Belize 2010

Taste of Belize celebrated its ninth anniversary in Oc-
tober this year.

The all-day event, organized by the Belize Tourism
Board, brings together participants who compete in
categories that include professional chefs, amateur
chefs, bartenders, cake decorators and this year for
the first the Best of Belize competition which asked for
a team of two or more restaurants to offer a menu
representative of its district.

The Orange Walk food stall at Taste of Belize 2010
The Best of Belize regional cooking competition was won
by a team of three establishments from Orange Walk fol-
lowed by Dangriga and then its neighbour Hopkins in third
place. Toledo was represented by Gomier Longville ( see
"Wat's Cookin" and "Southern Voices" in this issue.) who
teamed up with the Lodge at Big Falls represented by
Leona Cholom and Cordelia Choco who presented a variety
of menu items usingvegetarian and fish recipes and local






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