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's writing and photography have been published in CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, Delta Sky, MorningCalm Magazine (Korea Air), The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. Lily is the author of MOON BELIZE and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides; she is currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (October 2016 release). She is also AFAR’s Jamaica expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, Lily has lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d’Ivoire–Europe and the Americas, 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. Lily has a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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