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Toledo Ecotourism Association Tours

Punta Gorda, Belize
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About Toledo Ecotourism Association Tours
The Toledo Ecotourism Association is one of the first and most successful Community-Based Ecotourism operators in the region. They propose to discover, taste and live the mayan culture through many typical activities as jungle and farm tour, also craft, cooking, dancing and music lessons, in different Mayan Villages close to Punta Gorda.
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bel1979 wrote a review Feb 2020
England396 contributions37 helpful votes
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I stayed for one night with the Chun family in San Antonio and it was the highlight of my trip to Belize. I did the overnight package (see their website for details) and it included three wonderful meals made by Jenny Chun, and multiple activities. I went on a jungle tour with Reyes Chun, where I learnt about the cocoa bean production and the various fruits and vegetables and medicinal plants the family uses. Jenny showed me how they use the fermented and dried cocoa bean to make a traditional Mayan chocolate drink. I helped with dinner and with making tortillas. We also did a craft lesson, using the jippi japa from their land. You can also buy some lovely items that Jenny and her daughter make (but no pressure). The whole family was so welcoming and I felt very comfortable during my entire stay. The accommodation is adjacent to the family home, and while simple, it was clean and pleasant. Reyes was easy to contact via WhatsApp for any information and can also advise on transport. It’s very easy to get to the village with the bus from Punta Gorda. Likewise, you can easily get to PG with the James Bus from other parts of Belize - the buses run on schedule. I highly recommend incorporating a stay in one of the TEA villages as part of your trip to Belize - it will be one of the most genuine and least touristy things you will do. This is a wonderful programme run by wonderful people - it deserves your support. Go and book your stay today!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Alessio G wrote a review Oct 2019
Prato, Italy12 contributions
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Fantastic way to live the eco tourism in Toledo district, Southern Belize, maybe not so known and advertised but which really deserves to be visited. People are so kind and hospitable that you can stay like in a family! From there you can easily access to Maya ruins and Punta Gorda and participate to farm visit, cave tubing, cooking and chocolate lessons, hiking in the jungle. Don't forget to ask for Mr. Reyes in San Antonio
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Matthew C wrote a review Sep 2019
San Jose, Costa Rica4 contributions3 helpful votes
In August and May of 2019 I had the pleasure of being hosted by TEA in the Toledo District of Belize. This is indigenous land of the Mopan and Q'echqi Mayan people, and I had an amazing experience learning about the culture, food, and history of the Mayan people in Belize. I enjoyed both a home stay with the Chun family in San Antonio as well as the community lodge in the the village of Laguna. In both places the folks associated with TEA showed me around, prepared food for me in their homes, and taught me about life in this part of Central America. If you are looking for an authentic inter-cultural experience off the beaten path you can do no better than visit a TEA lodge or associated family. I run an educational tour company and have traveled all over Central America. The experience I had with TEA in Belize was phenomenal. Thank you!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Ildiko T wrote a review Sep 2019
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We took our 6 and 9yo sons and 17yo goddaughter to Belize in June and our night in San Miguel was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. One of our goals in traveling to Belize was to help them have authentic interactions with people from another culture. Our time at the TEA guest house was perfect for that. The village of San Miguel was comfortable and not hard to access on dirt roads. It's conveniently located just a mile or so from the Lubaquan ruins, which we visited on the way. The guest house is simple but clean and comfortable. You will stay in a house with a thatch roof, 3 bunks to a room, and comfortable mosquito netting. The bathrooms and shower are connected via an outdoor walkway. Reyes, Antonia, Marcus, and Maria were wonderful hosts, warmly and articulately teaching us all how to make tortillas, touring the village, and touring their farm. The craft lesson was wonderful and fun for us all as well. Everyone in the village welcomed us, the kids joined a soccer game and watched a monkey with the village kids, and we felt entirely safe and at home there. We would definitely return whenever we are in Belize, and would strongly encourage anyone looking for a valuable cross-cultural experience to support this wonderful community effort!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Arantxa Alegre wrote a review Sep 2019
Baltimore, Maryland6 contributions2 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I spent two unforgettable days with Reyes family. We arrived by bus from Punta Gorda which is pretty easy if you take the direct bus to San Antonio. Other departures towns or cities may involve bus connections. Reyes shared all his knowledge and many skills to show us around and share with us many cultural aspects. We had the opportunity to be in nature, visit his farm, learn how to grind cocoa and craft coasters, etc. Jenny prepared many delicious dishes based on the local products and her daughter made a fantastic birthday cake for my birthday. It was truly special!!! Everything felt very familiar, as if we had been living there with them for a long time. Even their pets were very friendly. Black, a female cat that had given birth a week before, felt so comfortable that she brought her only kitten to our room to be nursed there. That made me feel like: "Ok, it's like I belong here!" We did many things in two days but at such peaceful pace that I never felt rushed. Now, I am used to travel low budget and to immerse myself into the culture 100%. This is not for people that are not willing to give up their privacy, the comfort of a fabulous mattress and a private bathroom. This is for people that truly want to leave their comfort zone for a while and try to get to know other ways of living and make friends that live very differently and are willing to share that with you. This experience will teach you not to take things for granted ever again in your life. This will teach you that people and the environment is what we need to care for and not material things. We stayed in Belize for more than 3 weeks and these were the most authentic days of our trip. <3 Thank you Reyes and Jenny!!!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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