Punta Gorda, Belize
Punta Gorda, Belize

I just received the newest version of The Toledo Howler, a newsletter dedicated to the promotion of Belize tourism in the southern-most district of the country, based out of Punta Gorda, Belize. It’s been a long time since I received a copy of The Howler, but I am so happy to see they are still publishing. This is always a very comprehensive and varied collection of articles put together by Rob Hirons, the owner of The Lodge at Big Falls, located just outside of Punta Gorda town.

Belize is divided into districts (think states or counties), and Toledo is the least-visited and most-like-the-way-Belize-used-to-be. Those of you who have read this blog in the past know that I am always talking up Toledo. I love Toledo.

This issue has articles on:
-A conclusion of the reminiscences of Don Owen-Lewis who first arrived in Toledo from England in 1953
-The health and healing properties of ginger in Arzu Mountain Spirits
-An introduction to the new zipline canopy course at Blue Creek
-The 9th Annual Chocolate Festival of Belize (May 22-24th)
-Commercial overfishing in Belize, and other threats to the coral reef ecosystem
-An interview with Bruno Kuppinger, owner of Toledo Cave and Adventure Tours
-2014 Belize Christmas bird count results
-Craft markets of Punta Gorda
-Training Toledo tour guides
-Developing local artisans of Toledo

Not to mention these handy documents:
-Recipe: Banana Cream Pie
-Book Review: How to Cook a Tapir
-Detailed maps of Punta Gorda town and of the Toledo district
-Punta Gorda bus schedule table

If you are planning to explore Belize’s most remote district, don’t leave home without it!

I’ve blogged about this wonderful little newsletter previously because it is such a wealth of information about one of my favorite districts in Belize — Toledo. And I was sad when it went out of publication last year. But now, I’m happy to announce that it is back and I just received a copy in my inbox.

Belize is divided into districts (sort of like states), and Toledo is one of the least-visited and most-like-the-way-Belize-used-to-be. I love Toledo. I spent a day there touring many of the local lodges and blogged about the Punta Gorda, Belize hotels I visited right after I got back.

This newsletter is put together by Marta and Rob Hirons, owners of The Lodge at Big Falls, located just outside of Punta Gorda. Follow the link above to download your own copy. The variety of the subjects they cover in each issue is astounding, and I haven’t even found time yet to look at what they have in all of the back issues!

The Toledo Howler, Belize newsletterI just received the latest installment of The Toledo Howler, a newsletter of the southern-most chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, based out of Punta Gorda, Belize.

Those of you who have read this blog for awhile, or who have called me on the phone for Belize travel advice, know that I am always talking up Toledo.

Belize is divided into districts (sort of like states), and Toledo is one of the least-visited and most-like-the-way-Belize-used-to-be. I love Toledo. I spent a day there four months ago touring many of the local lodges. I blogged about the Punta Gorda, Belize hotels I visited right after I got back.

This newsletter is put together by Marta and Rob Hirons, owners of The Lodge at Big Falls, located just outside of Punta Gorda. Follow the link above to download your own copy. The variety of the subjects they cover in each issue is astounding, and I haven’t even found time yet to look at what they have in all of the back issues!

This single issue has articles on:

The Garifuna Settlement Day (Nov. 19) Battle of the Drums competition
An extensive calendar of upcoming events
Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary
A restaurant guide
A recipe for scones from the Coral House Inn in downtown PG (a great bed and breakfast!)
A map of downtown Punta Gorda
An interview with Dennis Garbutt, local fishing guide
And interview with Gary Mathews, an intern guide from Trinidad and Tobago
Yok Balum Cave
Paul Nabor, a Toledo musician
Contact information for local lodges and tour guides
A medicinal plant, Peperonia pellicida
Bus and plane schedules connecting Toledo with the rest of Belize
A map of Toledo with all of the attractions marked

If you are going to visit the most remote part of inland Belize, don’t leave home without it!