An authentic and interactive Garifuna drumming lesson for all ages. Join a whirlwind introduction to the fascinating and unique culture and music of the Garifuna people of southern Belize. Fun for all ages, abilities, backgrounds, even if you've never touched a drum in your life. Everyone loves learning to play the Garifuna drums. Your instructor will give you a brief history of the unique UNESCO recognized Garifuna people, music and culture. He will then launch straight into your drumming lesson, teaching you a simple beat on your own large "segunda" bass drum before joining in on his own drum with dynamic and fast rhythms and songs.
• 1 hour
The perfect way to dive into local culture! Come and experience a two-hour Garifuna drumming, dancing and dinner extravaganza. Under a beautiful traditional Thatch Palapa on the edge of Punta Gorda town, you will be given a brief overview of the fascinating Garifuna people and culture of southern Belize. You will then be treated to a professional group performance in a number of traditional rhythms and songs. If your feet start to tap along, then don't despair, as you'll be given the opportunity to join an impromptu traditional dancing lesson. Once you have worked up a slight sweat and earned your dinner, it's time to sit down, relax and enjoy a traditional Garifuna meal.
• 2 hours
Spend the day delving into the history, people, music & food of the Garifuna culture on this full day tour. At 10am, meet your guide at Warasa Garifuna Drum School in Punta Gorda. Step inside our open-air thatched palapa and learn about the materials and techniques used to create our handmade drums. Learn some of the steps of drum-making by hollowing out a solid hardwood log, planing it, and sanding it smooth.Following the morning's work, sit back & savor a traditional Garifuna lunch of hudut - fresh fish sautéed in handmade coconut milk and lightly seasoned with cilantro and other herbs, served with mashed plantain.After lunch is a 90-minute drumming lesson. Learn up to 6 rhythms on the segunda drum. Play with your host, who will play the faster-paced primero drum while singing traditional songs. Finally, enjoy a 45 minute professional performance, followed by a dance lesson with your host and his talented, welcoming family group.Please note min. 4 persons are required to book.
• 1 day
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.
• 3.5 hours
Explore Eladio's Organic Cacao Farm in beautiful San Pedro Columbia, a real highlight of Toledo! Walk the farm learning about harvesting, fermenting, storing and making chocolate with fun hands-on chocolate making demonstration (and plenty of tasting!)Enjoy a delicious lunch in traditional home setting before a guided tour of Lubaantun Mayan ruins, famous for the legendary crystal skull
• 7 hours
Explore the beautiful Port Honduras Marine Reserve. Snorkel crystal clear water and enjoy a delicious beach bbq on a remote pristine desert island. Depart Punta Gorda 8.30am returning around 3pm.
• 7 hours
Walk the garden collecting fresh produce for the firehearth. Enjoy an interactive, traditional and tasty Creole cooking lesson. Work up an appetite with a high energy Creole drum lesson, Dine on a delicious family style buffet of your own making!
• 4 hours
One of Toledo's most impressive natural sites, Hokeb Ha Cave is a "must see"! It is a wet cave, with unique rock formations. The water is cool and clear, and the inside is stunning with crystal clear mineral pools! Once completed we enjoy a traditional Belizean meal with the tour guide and his family.
• 5 hours