Punta Gorda Travel Guide

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Punta Gorda Overview

Punta Gorda - often referred to simply as "PG" - is the southernmost town in Belize, and the capital of the rugged Toledo District. Originally founded as Peini by the Garifuna it is today home to over 5,000 people from the many different ethnic groups found in Toledo. While it remains a fairly sleepy little town except for market days, it gives travellers a genuine taste of the 'real' Belize.

Once viewed by all but the most adventurous travellers only as a gateway to Guatemala, Punta Gorda is now increasingly used as a base for the inland and marine activities in Toledo - from the offshore cayes to the inland Maya sites and villages of their descendents, rainforest hiking, the tiny Garifuna village of Barranco, and all manner of eco and adventure travel.

The Toledo District is an important cacao growing area, supplying organic cocoa for the world-renowned Green & Black's 'Maya Gold' chocolate, and the Maya's ancient and modern-day links with chocolate are celebrated in May each year with the Toledo Cacao Festival.

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I have just returned from a six day stay in Livingston. I did some work at Ak'Tenamit a boarding high school for Maya and Garifuna kids just up the Rio Dulce. It is a terrific program. Yo…
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