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Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Get inside tips from a local
Ideal choice for families
Explore the Garifuna culture on this full-day tour from Punta Gorda. At 9am, meet your English-speaking guide at a designated place in Punta Gorda. After you travel to the edge of the Belizean jungle with your small group, you'll be met by your local host at an open-air thatched palapa. Step inside and learn about the materials and techniques used to create the various handmade drums and shakas (maracas) you'll see. After taking a break for some fresh fruit and a traditional treat of Garifuna pudding, you can try your hand at instrument making. Make a drum by hollowing out a solid hardwood log, planing it, and sanding it smooth. Or make less labor-intensive maracas by fitting a hollowed gourd with drum skin to create the shakas. Make either traditional instrument completely by hand, as is customary in this culture.
Following the morning's manual work, you'll sit back and savor a traditional Garifuna lunch of hudut, a fresh fish fillet sautéed in handmade coconut milk and lightly seasoned with cilantro and other herbs. Enjoy mashed plantain and fresh vegetables with your hudut. (A vegetarian option can also be selected at the time of booking.)
After lunch is a 90-minute drumming lesson. Learn 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 an hourlong performance by professional musicians, and then a dance lesson. As you spend the day delving into the history, people, music, and food of the Garifuna culture you'll meet your host's family members and hear firsthand accounts of daily life in the Belizean jungle.
At the end of this magical, musical day you'll be driven back to Punta Gorda.
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Dress code: women and girls advised not to wear dresses or skirts. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dusty and sweaty
Vegetarian/non-fish lunch option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund