Enhance your visit to Toledo, Southern Belize by getting first-hand experience of hiking in a protected area with a local Ranger. We have spent a decent amount of time in Toledo and perhaps this should have been at the top of the list of things to do to orient oneself in the way of life in this part of the country. Hiking in a forest in the region provides a perspective of the flora and fauna that abound here and the challenges that the country and its people face in working towards its sustainability. The rangers are hugely knowledgeable and are happy to share their knowledge with visitors as one walks the forest, logging tracks and activity en-route. The trail used is not a challenging one - if the terrain is dry - and is an easy hike. Humidity is high as are chances of a rain-shower while trekking. Make sure you protect yourself against biting insects (although they were minimal in March, when we did the hike), with long pants and a long-sleeved top. Take head gear to protect against the sun (when you are not in the rain-forest) and enough water to keep yourself hydrated. The tour ends with a visit to one of the Mayan villages, where lunch is prepared by one of the numerous Women's Groups, who are happy to interact and share their life-style and culture. Lunch is simple, usually accompanied by corn tortillas and fresh fruit drinks.