Jungle Tours

Over thousands of years, the Mayans have developed a deep, symbiotic relationship with their lands. They've found herbs that bush doctors use to treat snake bites, leaves that women artfully weave into baskets and palms that villagers use to cover their huts, keeping out the sweltering heat and heavy of rains southern Belize. They've also discovered a wide variety of succulent fruits, animals and plants to feed and nourish themselves and their families. A TEA tour guide will lead you into the steamy jungle and share this knowledge with you and your fellow travelers.

Farm Tours

Farming is still the primary occupation of most Mayan men. Farms are cultivated according to the ancient Milpa tradition, providing food and a little income for villagers. Your guide will be glad to show you his Milpa farm, where you can appreciate the backbreaking labor and constant dedication that's required to keep food on the table.

 

 

Waterfall Tour

The natural waterfalls are located between San Antonio Village and Santa Cruz Village on the first national park in Belize developed by the local Mayans in collaboration with TEA Belize and the Belize Audubon Society.  This park provides a stunning experience to see and swim in the waterfalls that lay deep in Toledo's virgin forests.   

 

Crafts, Cooking and Village Life

While usually a bit reserved, Mayan women are very friendly and perform essential functions in village life. They cook meals, look after the children, tend livestock and keep their homes in order. They're also master craft makers, adept at weaving baskets, embroidering, and carving bracelets out of locally-sourced materials. They will gladly share their skills and experience with you by giving a tour of their village or sitting down one-on-one to teach you how to cook Mayan meals or weave a Jippy-Jappa basket. You'll also have the chance to support local craftswomen by purchasing jewelery, embroideries, baskets and other small crafts that they've made.

 

 

Mayan Song and Dance

The highlight of many visitors' TEA experiences is an evening of dancing, music and Belizean storytelling. Villagers assemble to share traditional Maya dance, play the Marimba or Kek'chi harp and tell stories passed down from their ancestors. We invite you to take part in this intimate and authentic show of cultural beauty.

When night falls, you will retire to a TEA guesthouse which has been built according to strict standards. All visitors have access to a toilet (in a concrete outbuilding) and running water for washing and showering. The guesthouse is equipped with bunk beds, mosquito nets, furniture and lighting. Since most guesthouses don't have electricity, you'll be provided with kerosene lanterns or battery powered flashlights.

Garifuna Drumming 

Pigskin drums and bongos, turtle shells and seed filled shakers. These are the tools of the trade for Garifuna musicians, who take great pride in performing their traditional punta music for guests at Barranco village. Pure power and energy flow as the performers bang their bongos and rap turtle shells at breakneck speed, saturating the air with their cries and chants.  We promise you'll be absolutely captivated. Click here for a little taste!

The Villages

The Toledo Ecotourism Association has hosted hundred of delighted guests over the years, and we hope to add you to that list. Please navigate to the "TEA Villages" page to learn more about the individual villages that participate in our program.

In addition to offering the award-winning cultural and nature tours described above, each village's TEA program capitalizes on their natural resources, offering cave exploration, kayaking and birdwatching, among many other exciting options.

Groups Welcome!

We welcome groups of all sizes to stay in village Guesthouses and participate in our programs. We have hosted student groups, research teams and tour groups and are ready to accommodate your needs. Please be aware that we must respect the carrying capacity of our villages. If your group exceeds 8 members you may be split among several villages so that everyone is able to receive adequate attention from your hosts without placing undue burdens on the communities. This is done to ensure that we do not overburden the villages with too many visitors. If you're interested in making reservations for your group, please contact us at reservations(at)teabelize.org