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T.E.A (Toledo Ecotourism Association)

  • 46 Front St. Map It
  • Punta Gorda


  • True cultural experience
  • Rare opportunity to participate in Mayan village life while having some personal privacy


  • Very, very basic lodgings and facilities
  • Logistics sometimes difficult

Published 01/22/2016

Fodor's Review

The Toledo Ecotourism Association arranges stays in one of several participating Mayan and Ket'chi villages, including San Jose, Santa Elena, San Antonio, San Miguel, and Laguna. (Several other villages have day visit programs only.) You stay in a very simple but clean guesthouse, typically with thatch roof, bunk beds, outside bathroom, and no electricity or running water, then visit Mayan homes in the village for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cost for stay and meals is around BZ$85 per person. During the day there are walks to the nearby ruins or to waterfalls that empty into shimmering pools. Before you book this kind of stay, though, know that the point of it is to get an authentic feel for the region—this can be a rare opportunity to learn about the culture, but if the thought of chickens running in and out of your digs isn't your idea of a nice vacation, this isn't the stay for you. At present, T.E.A. doesn't have a staff person in Punta Gorda, so it's best to check with the BTIA office on Front Street, or email with questions. You will be responsible for arranging your own transport to the villages, and buses don't run every day.

Hotel Information


BTIA Office, 46 Front St., Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize

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Hotel Details:

  • No credit cards
  • 5 village guesthouses
  • Rate includes: All meals

Published 01/22/2016

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