My earlier posts (Part 1 & Part 2) about Belize have been about cacao, but I want to share the stunning landscape and culture of southern Belize that I experienced.
I stayed in the southernmost district, which is also the least visited, in Belize—the Toledo District—for a week where a majority of the population is Mayan. Toledo is apparently the least developed district in Belize, and perhaps as a result, still has many breathtaking natural sights.
Once I flew into Belize City’s international airport, I boarded a puddle jumper to fly two hundred miles south to Punta Gorda, the capital of the Toledo District, or “P.G.” as it’s known to locals.
Belize City is at the top of the map (arrow at top) and Punta Gorda is in the south (arrow at bottom of map). Click on the map for a larger version.
After arriving in P.G., I was driven fifteen miles to the lodge where I’d be staying. This short trip took about forty-five minutes because some of that drive is on a paved road but some of it isn’t.
On the way to the lodge
The further you get from P.G. and head west, the less developed the district is and the more natural beauty you see, including green rain forests in the distance. There are also Mayan villages scattered along the way to the lodge.
I stayed at Cotton Tree Lodge, an eco-lodge, which sits on the Moho River and in the jungle. I fell asleep each night to the sound of crickets; occasionally was awakened in the middle of the night by troops of competing howler monkeys, which emit sounds you’d expect from a T-Rex; and awoke each morning to chirping birds and the sun rays slowly flooding my room. I highly recommend staying at Cotton Tree.