Monkey River Town south as far as the eye could reach below me,
a pristine bright green rainforest sparkled, an obvious lingering
reminder of a passing morning shower. Below me miles and miles
of seemingly endless white sand beach twisted its way southward,
occasionally split in two by rivers curling their way back into
the jungle and towards the hillsides of the western Mayan Mountains.
The freshwater flows its way down eventually draining out into
the emerald waters of the Bay of Honduras.
doubt it was a flight to another point in time. And then just
as suddenly as I had decided to take the simple fifteen minute
Maya Air flight from the Placencia Airport, the pilot was now
looking back over his shoulder winking an eye as he took the
plane into a banked left turn and down onto the tarmac servicing
the seaside village of Punta Gorda.
a reservation or a map or any idea of what PG had to offer much
less what I had come looking for, moments after the plane landed
into Punta Gorda, I observed my surroundings and focused my
attention upon finding some immediate shelter as well as cool
libation to protect me from the possibility of an unlikely storm.
The option that first presented itself was just across the pavement
some 10 meters from where the plane had just rumbled to a stop.
And so without a cab ride or even breaking a sweat, I negotiated
myself into the Airport Hotel.
settling in to a room complete with a hot shower, air conditioning
and cable television for under BZ$50 per night, I decided to
take the advise of the hotel manager and head down towards the
waterfront in search of a place called Emery's. There I was
told would be my best chances for fresh fish and cold beverage
to wipe away the trail dust from that fifteen minute flight
minutes later I was leaning over a hardy plate of fresh red
snapper, tomatoes, slaw, rice and beans and home made hot salsa,
listening intently to Carl the owner of Emery's explaining the
adventure options that are readily available for the adventure
traveller assuming your base camp perspective is the town of
Carl to me to you, the inside story in PG, if you are looking
for archaeological wonders, the Toledo District offers many
sites including the Maya city of Nim Li Punit, Lubaantun, and
Uxbentun. For the truly adventuresome, the remote site of Pusilha
lies a mile or so shy of the Guatemalan border on the upper
Moho River. It should also be noted that there are three sites
to date in all of Belize where pictographs that have been reportedly
found. One of these locations is known as Roberto's Cave, accessible
from the village of Laguna.
fishing, Permit, Snook, and Tarpon are abundant. Flats to the
rivers to the cayes, some of the best fishing in Belize can
be found offshore Toledo. For natural beauty, canoeing and kayaking
the Moho, the Rio Grande and the Golden Stream puts you deep
in the Belizean bush country. The Port Honduras Marine Reserve,
Moho Caye and the Snake Cayes to the Sapodilla Cayes at the
southern end of the barrier reef, Southern Belize is paradise
found. Don't wait to hear about it in a guidebook, adventure
now or never.