There is the new HYDROPONICS Organic, Vegetable Poverty Urban Research Project done on the third floor of FALCONVIEW BACKPACKERS ADVENTURE TOURIST HOSTEL. They are into the fourth week now and planting five vegetables a week, to see what works on a year round basis. Screened with sun shade high up in the air. They are located on the West slope of Green Parrot valley and about a 160 feet higher altitude than the Western Highway. Project is sponsored by volunteers of the Belize Development Trust NGO. They welcome advice and visitors.
The Hostel has cowboy bunkbeds at $9 USA plus tax, a night and a self serve communal kitchen, t.v. room and hammock room. Some camping spots if you have your own tent. Very rural, about a half a mile up hill from the bus stop at EXIT 66 1/2 Western Highway Santa Elena Town entrance. Rural suburb and dirt roads. Cattle on the other side of the green valley. Houses are only on one side.
Tour Operators pick up and deliver guests to the front desk, for the usual trips out in Western Cayo. Rated are ACTUN TUNICHIL MUCKNAL which is number one. A combo special from the hostel to Xununtanich, Clarissa Falls and Cahel Pech pyramids, CARACOL day trip, TIKAL day trip, Caves Branch Tubing, Macal River canoeing, White water canoeing in season, Barton Creek swimming hole and cave, Camping and hiking expeditions in the high BELIZE ALPS, Aquacate Lake for a day trip of bird counting, Mountain Pine Ridge day trip, covering Rio Frio Cave, Rio On Rapids and 1600 ft Falls.