FYI, here's a review of El Pescador's Toledo branch by in the forthcoming Insight Guide to Belize, updated by my friend Peter Eltringham.

--Lan Sluder


El Pescador
Off the Southern Highway, 3 miles from Punta Gorda
Tel: +501-722-0050
e-mail: [email protected]

The best resort in Toledo District and among the best in the country. As the name suggests El Pescador was originally conceived as a fishing lodge – and in this is unrivalled, with guests boasting record catches of permit, tarpon,
snook and bonefish – but increasingly it’s gaining a reputation for wildlife tours. The hilltop location is simply stunning, with breathtaking views over the Rio Grande valley and Paynes Creek National Park to the ridges of the Maya Mountains in the distance. The spacious wooden cabins, set in beautifully landscaped grounds, are superbly furnished and each has a private deck, allowing you to enjoy the luxuriant forest and abundant birdlife. The octagonal main building, housing the restaurant and bar and overlooking the pool, also has a fully-equipped tackle shop with a fly-tying workshop. A funicular tram leads down through the forest to the river bank, where boats and guides wait to take anglers to the cayes, and kayaks and canoes are available. From the observation deck you could watch dozens of bird species, from toucans to king vultures, and from the trails you might see howler or spider monkeys, or even an ocelot or a jaguar – all live in the grounds here.

Lan Sluder/Belize First