Immerse yourself in the Garifuna people and traditions of southern Belize on this half-day cultural tour. Gain insight into the fascinating Garifuna culture through its food, music, history, and people as you participate in various hands-on activities. You'll also enjoy a traditional lunch in the Belizean jungle in the company of your friendly, knowledgeable guide and hosts.
Explore the Garifuna culture on this half-day tour from Punta Gorda. At 9am, you'll be met by your local host at an open-air thatched palapa. Step inside and begin your musical cultural immersion. Learn about the materials and techniques used to create the various handmade drums and shakas (maracas) you'll see. You'll learn both the traditional and more modern methods of drum-making, and get a chance to try for yourself. You will get to experience the hollowing out a solid hardwood log, planing it, and sanding it smooth, stringing the rope, using jungle vines to affix the deerskin hide and more. After your drum-making lesson, you will experience a one hour drumming lesson. Learn up to six different Garifuna rhythms as you master the basic beat on the segunda drum. Play alongside your host, who will introduce you to the faster-paced primero drum. Drum lessons are followed by a 30 minute performance by professional musicians. Throughout all of these experiences, your host will share details of the history and culture of the indigenous Garifuna people.