"PG Local" Punta Gorda by ruthalice
Punta Gorda Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 17 photos
I've lived in PG for almost 4 years now. I'm a backpacker-style traveller, and I get very sad every time I see backpackers get off the bus/boat in Punta Gorda, and take the next bus/boat out of town. Give PG a chance!
Here are some of the budget things you can do...
Visit Nim Li Punit or Lubaantun Mayan ruins: if you haven't visited any other Mayan ruins yet, or still want to visit more, these ruins are smaller than Xunantunich et al, but you will likely be the only person there! Both can be reached easily using the regular local buses.
Hire a bike and cycle to Boom Creek village from PG: a nice easy 1 hour bike ride each way, along a lovely quiet dirt road, to a very small Mayan village next to the river.
Hire a kayak from Tide Tours and kayak up the river!
Cheap but good local food is available from all the small Belizean places - a huge plate of chicken rice & beans for $5Bz - look for the small places with the plastic tables - don't pay extra for the privilege of a tablecloth and wooden chair!
Take an early morning village bus to any of the following villages: San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Pueblo Viejo, Jalacte (right next to the Guatemalan border - the border crossing is unofficial so don't venture across!). There are small waterfalls and swimming pools just outside San Antonio village (you can ask the bus conductor to drop you by San Antonio falls). There are much larger falls and a beautiful swimming pool in Rio Blanco Falls park just past Santa Cruz village (again, ask the conductor to drop you there). Bol's bus leaves PG at 6am (it circles Main & Jose Maria Nunez Streets before leaving town) and goes to Jalacte, passing through all of the above villages and visitor spots. There are buses that return later in the day, include Bol's making the return trip leaving Jalacte 3pm. Bus fare is about $7Bz each way all the way from Jalacte to PG.
PG is traditionally a Garifuna town, and so if you are lucky enough to be around near 19th November, you may see the Re-enactment of the Garifuna's arrival, the Battle of the Drums international drumming competition, parade and more. Paul Nabor, famous Paranda musician, lives right in town, and an annual birthday concert is now held for him every year. Garifuna drumming lessons are also available from local drummer, Ronald Raymond McDonald, at the Warasa Garifuna Drum School. For those who just can't get enough of ethnic drumming, Creole drummer Emmeth Young is now also based in Cattle Landing village, just outside PG.
- Pros:Off the beaten track, safe, peaceful, very friendly
- Cons:Budget things not advertised, not many other tourists to hang out with
- In a nutshell:Give Peaceful PG a Chance!
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