Located in the extreme South of Belize, Toledo is sometimes called the forgotten land.
Covered with more than 1700 square miles of tropical forest, the Toledo gifts us with treasures such as the natural pools of Blue Creek Cave, the family-owned cocoa plantation of Maya Cacao as well as the numerous Mayan villages scattered around the city of Punta Gorda.
Toledo has a very diverse population, villages are inhabited by Mopan and Ketchi Mayas, while cities like Punta Gorda provide means of living for populations who come from the East Indian region.
Houses are simple, and it’s common to see Mayan women wash their clothes in the river while men are at work in the fields.
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Spice Farm & Botanical Gardens
The Spice Farm & Botanical Gardens are located at the foot of the Mayan mountains.
It’s one of the biggest black pepper and vanilla farms in the country. It is the result of the tireless work of two passionate men.
When vacationing in Belize, those two friends, who come from the Kerala region in India, realized that the climate and topography of Belize were quite similar to those of Kerala (known for its spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg).
Therefore, in 1990, they created the Golden Stream plantation to cultivate cocoa and citruses but they didn’t forget to import seeds and cuttings from their country, and granted this place its prestige.
Indigenous cocoa plantations
Cocoa farms are for most of them established in the Toledo district.
Cocoa in Belize is more than just chocolate, it’s the way of life for Mayan families in Toledo.
The fabrication process for cocoa didn’t change much with the passing of time. Age-old traditions are still used in its production. We are here to make you discover all the secrets of cocoa.
It’s a village in the Toledo district, 28 km away from Punta Gorda.
Big Falls is a village where Ketchi Mayas live, but it’s also the ideal place to visit all the sites and points of interest in the district.
This, you will be able to discover the area where the scarlet macaw reproduces in Red Bank, as well as the Snake and Sapodilla Cayes.
Blue Creek Cave Natural Pools
Known as Hokeb Ka or where water enters the earth, the cave system of Santa Cruz stretches for over 8 km.
You will be able to enjoy waterfalls and natural pools. Don’t forget your swimsuit. After a hike that will make you discover the beauty of nature, arriving at the natural pools will make you forget all about your tiredness.
Cameras are a must, for a surprise during the walk is always possible.
Archeological Site of Nim Li Punit
The Nim Pi Punit site (meaning Big Hat) is located near Indian Creek village at the foot of the Mayan Mountains.
Its name comes from a carved sculpture on which you can see the face of a man wearing an impressive headdress. It is considered as the biggest one in Belize.
You will be able to wander among the ruins and enjoy the ambient silence and the view on top of the hill overlooking the Cockscomb area.
Archeological Site of Lubantuun
Columbia is located near the village of San Pedro. Its Lubaantun name means “place where rocks fall”
It is the biggest Mayan site in Southern Belize. All the stone structures which are hand-cut are made of limestone blocks without any visible mortar.
The site was the subject of very few digs and was left abandoned for years. It has been throughly looted.
There is a common legend about a crystal skull being discovered there.
Truth or lie, discover it there at our side.
Archeological Site of Uxbenka
Located on the outskirts of the village of Santa Cruz, this site is not open to the public. It was a small ceremony center. It is composed of a main plaza and six structures bordering it. When coming back from Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, we will stop there so that you can get a look at it.
Archeological Site of Pusilha
Located inside the lands in the South of Belize, Pusilha was a small Mayan town with about 7000 inhabitants.
Despite its modest size, this site is second in Belize to Caracol only in terms of number of known inscriptions.
It was discovered in 1926 and was partially searched by the British Museau between 1928 and 1930.
Pusilha was one of the first sites in the country to have professional excavations carried out. There is still a lot to discover about it.
Paynes Creek Reserve
Paynes Creek national park was declared nature reserve in May 1994 and national park in 1999.
The reserve is surrounded by the banks of Monkey River to the North, kilometers of beaches to the East and savanna to the West.
It is unique because it protects a significant number of species on a very small territory. More than 300 species of known birds were identified there. Herds of Virginia deers are present there, as well as howler monkeys and many other animals living there in the wild. A paradise for wildlife and plantlife in Belize, we invite you to follow us to experience it.
Bladen Natural Reserve
The Bladen River nature reserve, covering 97,000 acres of wild nature, is the most preserved tropical forest in Belize. It is difficult to access and not open to visitors. Mostly uncharted, it offers shelter to the country’s wildlife. Around 194 species of birds live there, not to mention the wild animals populating the area. A Mayan site was recently discovered there. Adventure only to look forward to.
Columbia Forest Reserve
Located just north of the Mayan village of San Jose, the forest reserve of Columbia River stretches across 103,000 acres of tropical forest. It’s one of the largest swaths of tropical forests in Central America. A 1993 study revealed that this region was home to one of the most diverse ecosystems on a biological standpoint in Belize. The landscape is littered with caves. There, you can discover Little Quartz Ridge complex, a rock mountain rich in quartz which overlooks the surrounding forest. Access is difficult and a permit delivered by the Forest Department is necessary to enter the reserve.
Sarstoon Temash National Park
It is located between the mouths of the Temash and Sarstonn rivers, in the most southern region of Belize. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a protected area by the government in 1992. It is one of the most remote reserves in Belize. Because of this, it is a very favorable environment for many animals such as the scarlet macaw and the white-faced capuchin monkey.
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