Postcard of the Week: Friday Morning Market in Punta Gorda

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Belize’s deep south – Punta Gorda and the Toledo District — sees fewer tourists than the rest of the country. Only the most intrepid of explorers venture here — for off-track caving and rainforest adventures — or the culture enthusiasts who love stepping back in time and want to experience authentic village life. But even downtown Punta Gorda — the district’s main town — makes you feel like the clock has turned back. It’s one of my favorite places in Belize, old but graceful, full of character and yet mellow.  For more on Punta Gorda, read about my experiences there last year.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma has contributed writing and photography to CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, The Guardian, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. She is the author of MOON BELIZE, and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides. Lily is also currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (release Fall 2016). Lily is also AFAR's Jamaica Expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, she's lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d'Ivoire–and Europe, and is fluent in four languages. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, she favors all things culture, adventure and storytelling, and escapes Washington DC’s winters every year.

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