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  • travaholic96
    1 contribution
    So I decided to stop by southern belize as part of my Central America tour and I was recommended to go visit this little art gallery /museum. And I must commend the extraordinary effort and time the owners put into their little place. Very interesting pieces of art and old tools that were around since slavery days. It's really cool I highly recommend you visit this place. Oh and before I forget the owners told me that the gallery use to be their apartment that they then renovated into a gallery because of all the things they had and their friends would joke around and tell them their home is better off being on display. They took that advise literally and that's where their at now. Very interesting.
    Written May 25, 2016
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  • Younique Gibbons
    6 contributions
    Just stunning, this is what I dreamt of a coral reef. Went with my cousin local friend and we snorkeled all day. Paradise
    Written December 22, 2019
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  • Darrel Ng
    Sacramento, CA4 contributions
    We visited Nim Li Punit because it was the closest substantial ruins we could find to Hopkins (where we were staying).

    It had rained in the days before our visit, and we were worried about the dirt road required to visit the site. Despite our concern, the road was adequate for our regular non-SUV to make it through the half mile drive without incident.

    The site itself was delightful. We drove 1.5 hours to get there, and decided to hire a guide to maximize the value of our visit. When purchasing our admission ticket, I inquired about a guide and we were able to hire Anselmo, a ranger at the site who had experience as a tour guide. Because of his expertise, patience and welcoming demeanor, the visit was great. The tour lasted about 75 minutes, and he walked us through the exhibits in the initial visitor center followed by a walking tour of the site. He charged us $20 for the tour (not including the required admission).

    The site is suitable for seniors and others who can walk for medium distances with some stairs.
    Written July 20, 2022
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  • Andrew M
    3 contributions
    I highly highly highly recommend this tour. If you can, ask for Mark to be your guide. Mark was very kind, fun, and interesting, when talking about the tour or anything else. He was also extremely knowledgeable about everything in the process, and great at describing each step in detail. He included plenty of fun facts about Belizean culture and things that are involved in or relate to the rum making process. I won’t give away the entire experience (because you have to go!!) but I will say that I really really enjoyed interacting with all the ingridents, and of course the finished product as well. In addition, they will not skimp you on the pours when you do try the drinks, they make sure you have a enough of each. There are many different types as well. I recommend this tour to everyone, even if you aren’t a huge rum drinker. Again, ask for Mark! He really made the experience special and I am SO GLAD that I decided to take the tour. This is a MUST DO if you have the chance. Thank you again Mark!!
    Written March 24, 2022
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  • 85dylanl
    Serfaus, Austria142 contributions
    We hired a taxi to bring us from Placencia to Punta Gorda. We left at 07.00 a.m. and arrived in Punta Gorda just prior to 09.00 a.m. The taxi costs us 300 quetzals. We, then, took the 09:30 a.m. boat from Punta Gorda to Puerto Barrios. You need to be there at least half an hour prior to departure because you need to get through customs. At ticket for the boat is US$ 25 per person (age <8 years is free) and getting through customs is also quite expensive. We paid US$ 30 plus US$ 7.50 per person to get trough customs and for some nature/wildlife conservation fees, respectively. Our boat was full but fortunately we had made reservations for places on this boat two days before. We just send them an email and they were quite quick to respond. Another way to ensure a reservation is to call them (or, as we did, had some call them fir us because our Spanish is not good enough for a phone call).

    The boat itself is quite small (imagine a boat with which you would go on an excursion up a small river and that's the size of the boat). The crossing to Puerto Barrios takes roughly an hour but is quite bumpy. You get life jackets but the smartest thing to do with those is to use them as cushions. You'll end up with quite a sore butt. Yet, the crossing to Guatemala is rather quick compared to doing it by buss. We tried to get a direct boat from Placencia to Puerto Barrios but there were no official ferries. This probably has to do with the fact that you are leaving Belize and you have to get through customs.

    Once you arrive in Puerto Barrios things get quite hectic. Touts trying to sell trips to Livingston or trying to get you into taxis. The port itself is not a place you would like to stay so if you are passing trough, like we did, you will probably want to pass time in a hotel or a restaurant. We continued onwards to the airport and flew back to Guatemala City (the TAG 5.00 p.m. flight). This is a very small plain which can transport only 19-20 passengers so it is an "interesting" flight (some would say "scary" or "bumpy"). Finally we landed in Guatemala City around 6.00 p.m.

    Obviously this is not the cheapest way to get from Placencia to Guatemala City but undoubtedly the fastest and you do not spend hours in a bus.
    Written August 5, 2018
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  • Darrel Ng
    Sacramento, CA4 contributions
    I didn't know what to expect. We went following a visit to
    Nim Li Punit (nearby Mayan ruins) and decided to go last minute since we had already driven there.

    The trip was definitely worth it. We are food enthusiasts, but our understanding of food and ingredients usually started with their appearance at the store. We learned so much about spices -- including tasting raw pepper off the vine (not that spicy!), allspice, turmeric, lotus seeds, cocoa seeds, etc. Definitely worth the $20 USD admission.

    If I can offer one suggestion -- decline their offer to use essential oils as bug spray during the tour. I wish we would have used deet to keep the insects from biting.
    Written July 20, 2022
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  • BKinIthacaNY
    Ithaca, New York, United States57 contributions
    Akeem Williams, Cultural Experience Belize, brought us to Blue Creek, to meet Yona (at her Mayan restaurant) and Vince Ical to guide us on a hike and then a swim through the cave on Blue Creek, to a waterfall. We turned off our headlamps and experience total darkness. After the hike and cave swim, we headed back to Vince & Yona's place where Yona taught us how to grind roasted cacao beans into chocolate, shape and grill corn tortillas, and fed us a scrumptious traditional lunch. We purchased some of Yona's freshly made chocolate bars and are still enjoying them ... best chocolate ever! Akeem then took us to a Mayan ruin and shared more storied about local history, culture, peoples, and traditions.
    Written March 2, 2020
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  • liefehhmii
    29 contributions
    Farm tour: amazing experience with eladio showing his farm. Farm full of plants And trees, not only cacao plants. We tasted a lot of fruity And veggies. It was so cool! Learned a lot about nature, Maya And Eladios life And vision of the world.

    Chocolate demo: Nice to see how chocolate is Made by hand without using any machine. Very cool to drink the chocolate drink which we just Made from the roasted bean

    Lunch: Very tasty lunch (chicken caldo) And also a bit of chocolate to taste
    Written June 15, 2019
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  • Lisa F
    Oboriste, Czech Republic115 contributions
    My husband, kids (two teens ages 13 and 16), and I loved the waterfall and the flora we saw around the river itself. If you are expecting awe-inspiring, history book making falls and attractions, this is not the place. However, we had a wonderful couple of hours exploring the short trail and ending at the falls. My son and I jumped the high rocks and the lower ones, while my husband and daughter watched. The host didn't have much to do, as we were the only visitors, so he came out and swept the rocks clean for us. We had our own car, so it was an easy trip for us.
    Written March 26, 2021
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  • Bill H
    2 contributions
    We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide Francisco was very knowledgeable and had grown up in the area. He was very knowledgeable about the history, culture, and plant life of the area.
    Written August 19, 2018
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  • NickB-0001
    United States38 contributions
    Take a Snake Keys snorkel tour with TIDE. It’s not the reef, but there’re some remarkable coral gardens and unlike the areas around Caye Caulker and Ambergis, there isn’t much wear or damage to the coral here. The area is a protected marine reserve and is home to an impressive array of fish. Most snorkel trips visit the ranger stations and stop to rest on cayes between swims. We saw manatee on our trip, which apparently is very rare, as they seldom venture so far from fresh water. There were no other boats in the area while we snorkeled, which is unheard of in the north.
    Written February 12, 2016
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  • sferd
    Fort Collins, CO67 contributions
    Thanks to Marie and other early reviewers, we were able to book a last-minute Scarlet Macaw viewing trip with Raul this morning. As we are staying in Placencia, we raced to arrive at his place in Red Bank as early as possible as the birds are active in the mornings and late afternoons. Raul even helped us by lending us binoculars. We saw a lot of various birds: Scarlet Macaws, Green Parrots, Summer Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and others. It had rained yesterday, so there was A LOT of mud.

    TIP: If you have a car, you can save a lot of money by driving yourself to Red Bank. We paid $35US/each for the tour. If Raul had picked us up, the cost would have been $100US/each.

    You can email Raul at: tecraul22@gmail.com
    Written February 16, 2022
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  • Keith P
    Albuquerque, NM8 contributions
    Uxbenka is a beautiful ruin in the most incredible landscape in Toledo. The community based organization a local non-profit, Uchben'kaj Kin Ajaw Association (UKAA) recently completed work on an Indigenous built and managed museum that houses several ancient carved monuments and lots of interesting artifacts. The ruin is perfect for a 1-2 hour hike as the core sprawls over a couple kilometers. The architecture is clean and trails well marked. Ask for a self tour booklet at the museum. Along the way is a plant trail with economic and medicinal plants marked in English and Maya languages. For a more in depth experience hire one of the tour guides (there are six licensed guides in Santa Cruz) to explain the ruins, plants, and living landscape. The ruins are surrounded by traditional farms (no tractors or machines) and there is a great balance of subsistence agriculture (corn, beans, squash, cacao) and nature. Amazing birding! You can also arrange a traditional lunch of caldo (soup) with the freshest corn tortillas in the world, and home made cacao drink, all food coming from the community. You can also arrange tours sustainable working farms. There are also two amazing caves that require a bit of a hike (3-4 hours total trip time) and even longer treks for the adventurous. You will need a guide for the cave visit. Call them first or look for the UKAA page on FB. No matter what, if you book through the community this is the best experience for the money. This is also located within 3 km of the Rio Blanco national park, which is a great place to swim and cool down after a ruin or jungle hike.
    Written October 21, 2018
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  • Lucas W
    27 contributions
    Staying here was one of the best experiences of my life. Alissa and the rest of her family are so generous and hardworking, and it shows in the friendliness of all their animals and the people they’re around. If anyone wants an authentic experience of the jungle while being part of a super cool project, you have to stay here. Food was 10/10, and Mayan ruins in the backyard. Wishing I could go back was the only downside!
    Written May 23, 2021
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  • SabalBeach
    Punta Negra159 contributions
    If you are looking to get out in nature where few others venture the two Lagoons behind Punta Negra offer fishing, birding and nature watching in an environment almost totally undisturbed by humanity. You will almost certainly have the place to yourself and that is part of the charm of exploring this area.

    The larger lagoon has a path and boardwalk leading from the coast approximately 200' back to the lagoon. This has become a bit rickety over the years but as of November 2012 the Punta Negra Village Council is undertaking a project to rebuild the boardwalk making lagoon access much easier.

    Bring a fishing line and a bit of bait and you can keep yourself entertained all day on the lagoon. It is also a nice spot for a dip in fresh water after a snorkel at the Snake Cayes.
    Written November 7, 2012
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