Immerse yourself in the Garifuna culture of southern Belize on this full-day tour. Gain insight into this fascinating culture through its food, music, history and people, by hands-on activities and a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the Belizean jungle.
Explore the Garifuna culture on this full-day tour from Punta Gorda. Meet your English-speaking guide at a designated place for this small-group tour. Travel to the edge of the Belizean jungle. Arrive at an open-air thatched palapa, where you are met by your host. Step inside and see the various handmade drums and shakas (maracas). Learn about the materials and techniques used to create these instruments. Take a break for some fresh fruit and Garifuna pudding, a traditional treat. Try your hand at drum-making by hollowing out a solid hardwood log, planing and sanding it smooth. Choose from a less labor-intensive method and fit your hollowed gourd with drum skin to create a shakas. Make either instrument without the use of power tools, as is the tradition.
Sit back and savor a traditional lunch following the morning's hard work. Feast on hudut, a fresh fish fillet sauteed in handmade coconut milk and lightly seasoned with cilatntro and fresh herbs. Enjoy mashed plantain and fresh vegetables with your hudut.
Begin your drumming lesson (90-minutes) following your lunch. 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. Listen to a 1-hour performance by professional musicians followed by a dance lesson.
Immerse yourself in the Garifuna culture. Spend the day delving into the history, people, music and food of the Garifuna culture. Meet your host's family members and hear first-hand accounts of daily life in the Belizean jungle.
Return to Punta Gorda at the end of your tour.