RUM TASTING AND GARIFUNA DANCING
Sightseeing, Cultural, Tasting
Two extraordinary activities in one excursion: a journey into the country's history as seen through the process of rum production, with a final tasting session and a traditional Afro-Amerindian dance performance accompanied by drums.
What we will see
- Belize City, panoramic tour, history of the country
- Traveller's Liquors Heritage Center, museum tour, rum tasting session
- Garifuna traditional dance performance accompanied by drums
What we will do
- We leave in an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic tour of the former capital city of the country. We are impressed by the simple charm of the little streets that are full of old colonial buildings which form the background for the more modern buildings. The guide explains the interesting history of this small country that is marked by an extraordinary blend of British, Scottish, Spanish and Mayan cultural traditions, while we proceed in the direction of the kingdom of the famous One Barrel rum, the Traveller's Liquors Heritage Center, where we learn more about the history of rum production and we have the opportunity to taste many excellent locally produced distillates.
- The history of Belize has been intertwined with that of the famous distillate since the days of the buccaneers and on through the first twenty years of the 19th century, the years of the American prohibition when the so-called rum runners ran a smuggling shuttle with the coast of Louisiana.
- During our visit we have a tasting session in the maturing hall, where the distillates are aged, blended and stored.
- We then go to see a typical Garifuna show, with singing, percussion and dancing. The Garifuna ethnic group is of African and Amerindian descent originating from fugitive slaves who were welcomed into local communities. This dance is a unique tradition, with drummers and dancers merging in a single performance where each single step has a precise meaning.
- At the end of the show we can have a drink and a snack at the bar that has a counter which, according to the legend, comes from an old ship that was used in the days of rum smuggling. Those who are interested can choose from a selection of more than twenty brands of rum at factory prices and choose a special memento from the souvenir shop.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- This excursion does not include a guide. Information will be provided in English.
- Given the large number of excursions and vehicles, we cannot guarantee that a member of the ship’s crew will be available to assist you in your language.
- There will be a 15-20 minute boat transfer from where the ship is anchored to the pier in Belize City from where the vehicles depart.
- Minimum age: 18 years.
- In compliance with the museums' safety regulations, all guests must wear the protective helmet for the entire time spent in the ageing room and when entering the other rooms.
- Bar drinks are subject to a charge.
- We recommend bringing cash with you to make any purchases because not all stores accept credit cards.