I came to Belize for one week, ten years ago, and never left!!! I fell in love with Punta Gorda, the laid back friendly attitude of the locals, the rustic nature of the town, the melting pot of cultures and the abundance of natural beauty in the Toledo District.
There is so much to see and do in the area but I found it was not always easily accessible for tourists. I wanted to create a company which would allow visitors to experience the “Real” Toledo and see the richness that we have here without breaking the bank! If you are like me, you want to interact with the locals, learn through their experiences and see firsthand how life is for the variety of cultures living here past and present. The tour guides we use at PG Tours have all been born and raised in this area. They have played in the creeks and rivers as youngsters, they have run wild in the Belizean jungle and they have learnt their trades, stories and activities from their ancestors. Our marine guides know these waters like the back of their hands, having fished and free dived the area from young.
So, if you want to experience the “Real Belize” and be inspired by its people and natural beauty, let PG Tours help you create your own wonderful memories.
About Punta Gorda and Toledo District
Often referred to as the Hidden Gem of Belize, Toledo is an adventure waiting to happen! With the reef on our doorstep and the jungle as our back yard, Toledo is still a relatively unvisited area, with the more adventurous
We are Belize’s best kept secret!!
Punta Gorda, lovingly named PG by the locals, is the Capital of Toledo and the head of commerce and business in the region. On market day PG comes to life as the villagers pile into town to sell their produce, the ladies in their original Maya dress and the Mennonites on their horse-drawn carriages. The original settlers in PG were the Garifuna, arriving in the late 18th Century. Every November PG celebrates the Garifuna people. Drums can be heard on every street corner, their arrival is re-enacted on the wharf and PG hosts the International Battle of the Drums competition. Now, PG is a proper melting pot of cultures with Garifuna, East Indian, Creole, Maya, Chinese and Mennonites living harmoniously side by side, whilst maintaining their own cultures! Locals are friendly and enjoy talking to visitors. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars in town, a variety of accommodations to suit every budget, and easy transport links (bus or plane) to take you up North and ferries across to Guatemala.