Laguna is a quaint village surrounded by hills only 12 miles from Punta Gorda. It nestles on the edge of an extensive wetland area which harbours a large variety of bird, plant and animal life. Most of these wetlands are now protected under the laws of Belize as the “Aquacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary”. This low wetland is only accessible in the dry season during the months of January to May. The adjacent village population is around 300 – 400 people.
The village was founded in 1959 when three families moved from San Miguel village. The first settlers were Francisco Shal, Vicente Coc and Petrona Choc. They came to avoid a dispute that was brewing with San Pedro Columbia about some pigs which were destroying neighbouring farmer's crops.
The village of Laguna has access to 24 hour electricity, a safe water system, a guesthouse for visitors and maximum security by the elected Alcalde (Chief) and his appointed village policemen.
Main Attractions in Laguna
- Jungle tour
- Village tour
- Craft lessons
- Milpa (farm) tour
- Cooking lessons
- Aquacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary (birdwatching)
- Cave exploration
Mr. Faustino Cucul or Mrs. Rosa Mis
Market buses leave Punta Gorda Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 12:00 noon.
Market buses leave Laguna Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 6 AM.
Visitors hoping to visit on Tuesdays and Thursdays can catch the daily “James Bus Line” in Punta Gorda at 6am, 8am, 10am, 12noon or 3pm, then get dropped off at Laguna Junction. From there visitors can walk the three miles or a taxi pick-up at the junction can be arranged.