Mennonite Community Tour
This tour takes you to Spanish Lookout, a town where you can encounter one of the most interesting pockets of culture in Belize. Here, a small Mennonite community runs idyllic dairy farms. They specialize in cheese, and provide the much of the cheese that Belizeans eat. You’ll have lunch (including dessert) at a local restaurant.
- Duration: 6 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 8:00 AM
- Inquire for Transportation
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Besides the cultural tour, you’ll be able to do some bird watching before you visit the Mennonite town. This tour’s first stop takes you to a lagoon where you’ll be able to see water birds. Unlike the tropical jungles and the Caribbean Coast, this part of Belize has wide-open fields and rolling hills. You might see majestic storks and herons wading in the shallows of the lagoon.
Next stop is lunch, followed by an educational look at the town – just a couple of thousand Mennonites live in Spanish Lookout, and they’re nearly all involved in agriculture. Most of Belize’s Mennonite population arrived here in the mid-20th century, after immigrating from Canada to Central America in the 1920s. You’ll hear these Mennonites speaking a language called Plautdietsch, a type of German. Locals are friendly and the population here is somewhat more modernized than other Belizean Mennonite communities.
What to Bring
Comfortable clothing and shoes, mosquito repellent, camera, binoculars (bird watchers)
Includes: tour guide, transportation, lunch, dessert, water & tax
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