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Adventure Tours

Big Falls Extreme Adventures. Big Falls Extreme Adventures offers zip-lining, river tubing, and hiking over, on, and around Rio Grande. Rates vary, but zip-lining and river tubing are around BZ$80 each, and if you do both there's a combination rate. Food is available at Las Faldas restaurant; lunch is around BZ$20. Southern Hwy., Big Falls, Toledo. 634/6979; bigfallsextremeadventures.com. BZ$80 and up.

Romero's Charter and Tours. Romero's Charters and Tours has a driver service with vans and other vehicles that can take you to any of the inland destinations. Cattle Landing, Forest Home, Toledo. 222/5791.

Toledo Cave & Adventure Tours. Operated by German expat and longtime Toledo resident Bruno Kuppinger, Toledo Cave & Adventure Tours is not for couch potatoes. Kuppinger, who also has a woodworking business in Toledo, offers such high-energy tours as multiday trips to the Maya Divide and to Doyle's Delight, Belize's highest peak. San Antonio Rd., Punta Gorda, Toledo. 604/2124.

Cultural Tours

Chocolate Week. In Toledo, Cotton Tree Lodge has a chocolate-making program in connection with Sustainable Harvest International, which teaches farmers to grow food on a sustainable basis. Chocolate Week, held for a week in the spring, lets you "work your way through the entire practical process [of making chocolate] from scratch, starting with the cacao fruit on the tree and ending with the chocolate in your mouth." Cotton Tree Lodge, Moho River, San Felipe, Toledo. 670/0557; 212/529–8622; www.cottontreelodge.com.

Eladio's Chocolate Adventure. Eladio Pop provides a tour of his Agouti Cacao Farm in San Pedro Columbia village, followed by a chocolate tasting and a traditional Mayan lunch. Cost for this combination is BZ$50 per person, with à la carte tour options starting at BZ$25. Mr. Pop also offers a homestay with meals for BZ$30 per person. Agouti Cacao Farm, San Pedro Columbia Village, San Pedro Columbia, Toledo. 624/0166; www.agouticacaofarm.wordpress.com/.

PG Tours. From her storefront on Front Street, Jo at PG Tours arranges land and sea trips around Punta Gorda, including visits to area Mayan sites, cacao farm tours, cooking lessons, and drumming lessons. 42 Front St., Punta Gorda, Toledo. 636/6162; www.pgtoursbelize.com.

Toledo Cacao Growers Association. During the Chocolate Festival in May, and by advance arrangement at other times, the Toledo Cacao Growers Association (TCGA), which represents more than 1,100 small organic cacao growers in southern Belize, offers tours of working cacao farms. Main Middle St., Punta Gorda, Toledo. 722/2992; www.tcgabelize.com.

Warasa Garifuna Drum School. To learn more about the Garífuna culture, investigate the Warasa Garífuna Drum School, which approaches the Garífuna experience through drumming, drum making, and dance. Master Garifuna drummer and teacher Ronald Raymond McDonald is a self-taught drummer who has been performing since age five with his family group. McDonald gives private lessons in the Garifuna community of PG, with private lessons starting at BZ$25. Call or email to arrange lessons or demonstrations, or you can do so through your hotel or the BTIA Visitor Information Center on Front Street in PG. New Rd., St. Vincent Garifuna Reserve, Punta Gorda, Toledo. 632/7701; www.warasadrumschool.com. Garifuna drumming lessons start at BZ$25 for one-on-one lessons.

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