Garifuna Cultural & Culinary Immersion

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Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Cultural | Educational, Food Tour, Inland
Departs From
Hopkins
Intensity Level
Easy
$
74
-
$
99
/ Person
Trusted Provider
Belize CA T
Response rate: 
89%
Response time:
3 hours
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Location Details
Departure:
Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge
About Listing
Features:
Cultural Cuisine, Local Products, Customs | Music | Traditions
Highlights
  • Garifuna cultural & historical display
  • Dressing in cultural outfit
  • Coconut harvesting, husking & milk extraction
  • Food & drink tasting
  • Traditional cooking of cultural meal
  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Garifuna Drumming
  • Garifuna Dessert
  • Herbal Walk
Description
Come visit Kalipuna Island located at the north-end of Hopkins Village Belize where you get to be immersed in our rich Garifuna Culture, parts of which has been proclaimed an oral and intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO.   The historic island is home to Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco Cultural & Fishing Institute where the Martinez Family welcomes you to learn and have fun all in an effort to serve to preserve a rich indigenous cultural heritage. Join us on our authentic Garifuna Cultural & Culinary Adventure Journey offering an enriching vacation experience to all our guests.  This tour is ideal for families, honeymooners, couples, solo travelers, students and mixed groups as it is very interactive and hands on.    As our Cultural Guests, you get the beautiful opportunity to:

Dress in our Garifuna Traditional handmade & uniquely designed clothing that is best for the subtropical climate for the duration of your Garifuna Experience. 

Explore the rich legacy of the Garifuna People via our Cultural Display Centers furnished with historical art pieces some of which are over 100 years old. 

Get to uplift your spirit with the enchanting paintings of Isiah Nicholas as you explore our Spiritual Centre.  We are blessed to house his largest art collection depicting a varying aspect of the Garifuna Cultural inclusive of the historical journey of our Garifuna People, our spirituality, music, and many of our indigenous art forms, all displayed in their rich & vibrant colors.

Learn about the many magical & beneficial properties of coconut trees & coconuts and the art of traditional coconut harvesting, husking, grating & milk extraction.   

Walk with us  through our herbal garden and cassava patch harvesting fresh food and herbs for our fresh, organic, healthy and deliciously made meal that is just awesome medicine to uplift your soul.

Master the heat in our traditional kitchen preparing a Garifuna meal over an open fire-heart.  Your great reward will be the labor of your culinary love - Delicious HUDUT which is our coconut base chowder/ broth flavored with fresh herbs & sea fish of the day with pounded plantains & well flavorful seasoned fried fish; or any other Garifuna Dish of choice based on dietary preference!

Culminate your Garifuna Cultural & Culinary experience with sensational drum rolls learning the basic techniques of Garifuna drumming & Music & revitalizing your souls ultimately earning your delicious cultural dessert by way of participating in 45 minutes mesmerizing drum session.

Come enjoy a day full of learning, laughter and fun..  One worth sharing with the world!!!
 
Suitable for:
Kids
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Seniors
Recommended Age Range:
Under 10
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
Over 50
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Tourguide, meal, water, coconut
  • boat ride, drumming lessons, dessert,
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Great spirit & repellant, sunscreen
  • cameras
Rates
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
Capacity:
30 people
Minimum:
2 people
Minimum number of people.
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Per
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Description
Person
$
99
2 -4 pax
Person
$
74
10 plus
Person
$
89
5-9 pax
Special Instructions for Rates
Price USD  
1-4 pax - USD99.00
5-9 pax - USD89.00
10+ pax - USD74.00
 
Itinerary
Activity
Description
Duration
Garifuna Cultural & Culinary TourFull Garifuna Cultural Immersion3 -4 hours
Activities
Cooking
Dancing
Drumming
Learning
Singing
History, Coconut Harvesting & Processing
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
Yes
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
Hotel pickups available from Hopkins and Sittee Point area.
 
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Start Time
Duration
Daily9:30 AM3.5 - 4 hours
Daily2:30 PM3.5-4 hours
Provider
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Belize Cultural Adventure Travel Services is not your typical travel services company. Unlike other firms which focus primarily on selling packaged adventures or transportation services, ... moreBelize Cultural Adventure Travel Services is geared towards promoting indigenous cultures in the country and empowering them through a shared experience of traditional and legacy knowledge, music, culture, food, and dance.

Belize Cultural Adventure Travel Services works with all of the indigenous cultures of Belize, including Creole, Mestizo, Maya, and Garifuna in an effort to improve cross-cultural awareness and improved understanding. Instead of drive-by visits or tourist trap-style fake cultural performances, Belize Cultural Adventure Travel Services works directly with the indigenous cultures to help them preserve and protect their ancient traditions.

Activities offered by Belize Cultural Adventure Travel Services include workshops on making traditional foods from scratch, village home stays, and music and dance performances.

At Belize Cultural Adventure Travel Services, the empowerment of local communities comes first. That's why a portion of all proceeds goes towards funding an annual cultural entrepreneurship and indigenous cultural preservation summer camp.

Belize Cultural Adventure Travel Services is a sister company of the Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge located in Hopkins, Belize, which is a Garifuna community that actively works to protect and promote traditional Garifuna culture.
Account Type:
Tour Operator
Tagline:
Tourism that empowers all!!
Languages:
Creole, English, Garifuna
Tour Operator License:
05-105
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
Strict
  • Cancellations made 90 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 45 days before will be refunded 25% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties
 
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Garifuna cultural experience
This tour was the most enjoyable activity we had in our 3 weeks in Belize. The history and customs were amazing to learn about, as I had no background knowledge of the Garifuna people at all. My husband and I bought out tickets online, and were the only 2 people on our tour, so we had lots of opportunities to ask questions and get expert help during our cooking activities. Our guide was quick to laugh ... more and she was a joy to work with. After learning about coconuts and how to open them up, we made a coconut based soup with fish, pounded plantains, and ate a delicious lunch, and along the way learned how to get coconut oil from the coconut milk. Then we had a drumming lesson which was hilarious as my husband couldn't handle having his hands doing 2 different rhythms :) This is a wonderful tour that should really take off once word gets out. They grow their own herbs and vegetables on site, and catch their own fish. It was an amazing experience, and well worth the money. I recommend it to anyone who is a lifelong learner :)
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Amazing Garifuna cultural experience
I had an amazing time learning about the history and culture of Garifuna through this tour. Our tour guide and the host kept us entertained throughout the tour. My favorite part of this tour was entire process of making hudut and learning how to play the drums. We were also surprised with a Kayaking trip which made this tour even more spectacular. Amazing hospitality!
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