Read The Toledo Howler paper online or download the pdf.
The first edition of The Toledo Howler was published in September 2007. It aims to promote the immense diversity and richness of Toledo as a new and still not widely known tourism destination. It focuses on nature, culture and adventure: the three main offerings and attractions for visitors.
The Howler is designed, written and distributed by Rob and Marta Hirons, the owners of the Lodge at Big Falls. All the research and leg work they do for this makes them a pretty good source of information about the area and they enjoy sharing their experiences with guests in the evenings at the lodge. They do this work on a voluntary basis on behalf of the Belize Tourism Industry Association the local body which represents businesses in the tourism sector.
There are regular features on places to stay and the tour operators who can organize your trips. Also highlighted are local crafts people, musicians, archaeological digs and places to visit. New columnists in the past year include H Lee Jones, the author of the Birds of Belize, ana Arzu who writes and broadcasts on medicianal plants of the Garifuna healing tradition and Nicola Foster, marine biologist at TIDE who writes on the reef and marine life of the Gulf of Honduras.
The list below includes a few of the main features but does not include every article. A full listing of contents can be found on the first page of each issue.
- September 2007 - Rio Blanco National Park, Payne's Creek Archaeological dig, Laguna village, the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary and vanilla orchid cultivation.
- November 2007 - First Toledo Tourism expo, the Battle of the Drums, Martha Weatherburn, musician, sharks and the reef ecology, Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary, the Toledo Travel Center and Tumul K'in Center of Learning.
- February 2008 - Andy Palacio, Joyce Cal masseuse, San Jose village craft group, Blue Creek, the Maya Homestay Network.
- April 2008 - The Toledo Cacao Festival, The Sea Front Inn,Maya Bags , Requena's Charter Service,
- August 2008 - The Fajina Craft Center, Doyle's Delight, the Toledo Eco-Tourism Association, Florencio Mes and the San Antonio deer dance.
- October 2008 - Neem, TOLTEX and the Battle of the Drums, Blue Belize Guest House and The Lodge at Big Falls tour operations, Leela Vernon musician and organic cacao farming in Silver Creek.
- February 2009 - Maya Day celebrations, Ana Arzu, Garifuna healer, focus on Barranco village, TIDE Tours and Hickatee Cottages.
- April 2009 - Toledo Cacao Festival 2009, the drumming of the Punta Gorda Stars, the Itzama Ethnobotqnical garden, Sun Creek Lodge and Cuxlin Ha tours.
- August 2009 - New digs at Lubaantun, Micaela Wewe craftswoman, West Snake Caye, Cotton Tree Lodge and Machaca Hill tours, Arzu on soursop.
- October 2009 - TOLTEX and the Battle of the Drums 2009, Big Falls crafts people, The Lodge at Big Falls, SFI Tours, Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Birding Hotspots.
- February 2010 - Maya Day 2010, Destination: Monkey River, Birding with Lee Jones, Cotton Tree Lodge, Southern Voices Interview: Alistair King.
- April 2010 - Toledo Cacao Fest: The Three Kings, Wild Cane Caye, The Whale Shark, Bladen Nature Reserve, Blue Belize Tours, Machaca Hill Lodge, Ixchel Women's Group.
- August - September 2010 - National Tourism Awards, Toledo Cacao Fest Update, Queen Conch, Tranquility Lodge, Punta Gorda Humane Society, Armando Choco.
- November 2010 - November Celebrations in PG, Coral Reefs, Kayaking in Toledo, Gomier Longville,Paynes Creek update,Birding with Lee Jones.
- February - March 2011 - Zip Line Coming to Toledo, Belize Honeymoons, Botanical research in Bladen, Flo Johnson.
- May 2011 - Cacao Fest 2011, Lee Jones on Birding, Cacao Fest Schedule, Making Chocolate in Toledo.