Learn about climate-smart agriculture

EcoFarm Tour

  • Minimum: 3 guests per tour
  • Maximum: 16 guests per tour
  • Duration: 4.5 Hours
  • Price: $60 USD per person (includes lunch)
  • Booking: 3 days in advance required

Transportation:

  • If traveling by bus from Punta Gorda, the cost is $5 USD round trip.
  • Inquire about private transportation. We will gladly assist. 

Discount is available for Groups of 10 or more.

Join a Maya farmer on an EcoFarm tour, learn about climate-smart agriculture being pioneered in the Maya Golden Landscape of southern Belize. See how a farmer produces organic food hand in hand with nature to sustain his family. You will interact with a Maya farmer and you will get your hands dirty.

Learn about an alternative method of farming promoted by Ya’axché Conservation Trust to ensure long-term sustainability for the environment and communities. Climate-smart farming techniques like Inga Alley Cropping make soils richer, give higher yields and provide healthier food for farmers who implement this practice. Depending on the timing of your visit, you may get the opportunity to prune Inga trees!

As you walk around the farm you will learn about agroforestry – an integrated farming approach that combines trees and shrubs with crops, where vegetables and spices are grown alongside cacao and fruit trees. Get the chance to pick and enjoy the taste of healthy farm produce. Visit a demonstration farm, where climate-smart farming techniques are being implemented to ensure food sovereignty in indigenous communities.

This is a behind-the-scenes look that few tourists get the chance to experience leading to a deeper understanding of how people and the environment are interconnected. After your visit to the farm you will enjoy a lunch prepared by one of the local Maya women’s groups of Indian Creek, where you will sample even more of the locally and sustainably grown produce.

If time permits, you can visit Ya’axché Conservation Trust’s nursery located at the field station. The nursery is continuously supplying a variety of top quality, organic native fruit and timber seedlings. 

Fitness level: Moderate to Intermediate

We are more than happy to amend the itinerary to meet your needs based on your time and length of stay in the Toledo District, southern Belize.

  • 8:15am – Arrive at Ya’axché Field Station, Golden Stream Corridor Preserve
  • 8:30am – Depart for tour
  • 8:45am – Arrive at destination and begin tour
  • 12:00pm – Lunch at local Maya women’s group
  • 1:00pm – Ecotour concludes

Click this link for directions to the Field Center at Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

  • Sturdy walking shoes/boots with a good tread. Expect them to get muddy and wet, depending on the season.
  • Non-aerosol bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Lightweight, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt with the option of a t-shirt or other quick drying shirt. 
  • Hat with rim and/or bandana
  • Binoculars and a camera if you care to get a closer look and record some of your sightings.
  • Water and a snack for the trail.

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