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The Deep South Travel Guide

Plan Your Deep South Vacation

Toledo District in the Deep South has Belize's only extensive, genuine rain forest, and its canopy of trees conceals a plethora of wildlife, including jaguars, tapirs, and loads of tropical birds. The area's rich Mayan heritage is just being unearthed, with archaeologists at work at Pusilha, Nim Li Punit, Uxbenká, and elsewhere. Contemporary Maya—mainly Mopan and Ket’chi—still live

in villages around the district, as they have for centuries, along with the Garífuna, Creoles, East Indians, and others who constitute Toledo’s population of about 31,000.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Rain Forests. The greenest, lushest jungles in Belize are in Toledo, fed by heavy rains and temperatures that stay mostly above 70°F. Red ginger, bright yellow-and-orange lobster claw, masses of pink on mayflower trees, and orchids of all colors splash the emerald-green landscape. Scarlet-rumped tanagers, black-headed trogans, green kingfishers, and roseate spoonbills join hundreds of other birds in the rain-forest cacophony.
  2. Outpost Atmosphere. Punta Gorda has that end-of-the-road feel, as if it's the last outpost on Earth. Yes, the Southern Highway does end here—but it's more than that. Here you get the feeling that even in today's world of 7 billion people there are still places where you could, if you needed to, hide out for a while and not be found.
  3. Fishing. Among serious anglers, Southern Belize has a reputation for having one of the world's great permit fisheries, and for its large populations of tarpon and bonefish. The flats off Punta Ycacos are prime permit and bonefish grounds, and freshwater lagoons near Punta Negra hold snook, small tarpon, and other fish.

When To Go

When to Go

June through September is the peak of the rainy season in Toledo, and when we say rainy we mean it—sometimes up to a foot of precipitation a d...

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