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Lodge at Big Falls Packages
Season 2007-2008

Mayan Footprints (3 nights/4 days) | Toledo Explorer (4 nights/5 days)
Rivers and Reef (4 nights/5 days) | Birds of Southern Belize (3 nights/4 days)
Birds of Southern Belize II (4 nights/5 days
Mayan Heritage | Honeymoon Package |
7 Nights Mountain to Mangroves Birding Package

Mayan Heritage

Highlights: Visit an organic cacao (cocoa) plantation; visit a medicinal plant nursery run by local shamans; visit a Mayan harpist and instrument maker in his workshop; visit to Lubaantun Mayan site and Rio Blanco National Park; birding, kayaking and tubing at the Lodge.

The 4-night Mayan Heritage package includes:
Day 1

Arrival at the Lodge in time for cocktails and orientation before you dine in the softly lit ambience of the Lodge’s thatched restaurant.

Day 2

After breakfast you will drive to San Felipe, a Kek’chi Maya village, to meet your host for the day, Juan Cho, who is a trained tour guide as well as running his own organic cocoa plantation.  Juan sells his beans to the Toledo Cacao Growers Association which ships the beans to Green & Black in the UK where they are used to produce their signature Mayan Gold chocolate bars, the very first Fairtrade product.  You will be taken to visit the plantation on the banks of the Moho river where Juan will explain his organic farming methods and guests may help in the tasks of the day.  You will then be taken on a trip in a dory, a local dugout canoe up the Moho towards Santa Ana village before returning to Juan’s home to share a cocoa drink with his family.

Day 3

Begins with an early morning guided bird walk along the river bank and through the orchard and meadows around the Lodge. After breakfast you will betaken to visit the home of Mr Florencio Mes a Kek’chi Mayan harpist and instrument maker.  Visit his workshop, hear him play and tour his kitchen garden.  Then on to Lubaantun Mayan site where the Crystal Skull was discovered in 1926 followed by a visit to Rio Blanco National Park for lunch and a swim beneath the waterfall and to explore the natural history of the riverside with a local Mayan guide.

Day 4

After breakfast guests will be driven the ten miles to the Belize Indigenous Training Institute.  This aid-funded project established a plantation for local “bush doctors” (shamans) to grow many of the most important medicinal plants.  You will enjoy a tour of the plantation and learn about the Mayan approach to medicine from a spiritual healer. After lunch back at the Lodge guests may kayak, go for a guided dory trip, float around the lodge’s river peninsula on inner tubes or take a bike tour of Big Falls village.

Day 5

Breakfast at the Lodge and opportunity to have a last walk around the Lodge or dip in the pool.  If your flight departure from Punta Gorda allows we will drop your luggage off at the air terminal and then leave you on Front Street to explore PG and its market (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday) before boarding your onward flight.






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