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!