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Mar 3, 2010 - Rio Dulce

Bon spent most of the morning figuring out our best route around the country to see stuff...walked out the hostel door to a waiting tuk tuk (3 wheeler) and the driver got us to the bus station in Santa Elena just in time to catch the 9:45 bus to Rio Dulce which left just past ten! By 4 we were in a gratis water taxi to Casa Perico up a small channel of Rio Dulce, quiet, nice 4 bed dorm for 45q=$5.25 US each run by two Swiss guys (been here 10 yrs). Guatemala is being clear cut, jungles turning into large farms growing banana, chicle (gum...

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Feb 25, 2009 - Río Dulce/Lake Izabal, Guatemala

This part of the tour is definitely a slower pace than the first leg. We chipped in on a private van so we didn't have to do the chicken bus dance all day and it was positively luxurious. We left at 9 am, not 6 and got to stop for lunch. We arrived in Rio Dulce (River Sweet?) around 3 and were taxied over in a boat to the Tijax (pr tihash)hotel which is in a swamp / jungle. It's really neat. The bungalows are on stilts above the water and the walkways are all wooden causeways above the jungle floor so it doesn't impact the jungle as badly....

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Nov 18, 2008 - Guatemala - Livingston

Only accessable by boat via the Rio Dulce or by crossing Lago de Ixobel is the unique town of Livingston. It is set apart from the rest of Guatemala due to its fusion of Guatemalan and Caribean culture (Garifuna). Where marimba mixes with Marley. The Garifuna are displaced black Caribbean people who are now strung along the coast from Belize to Northern Nicaragua. The rhythmic life here is hypnotic. Caribean food is excellent and the music strums everywhere with local and historic pride - Garifuna punta rock and reggae. Livingston...

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Nov 17, 2008 - Guatemala - Rio Dulce

Where Lago de Izobel empties into the Rio Dulce, you´ll find the river leads into a system of gourges between sheer rock faces over 100 meters high and covered with the thickest of jungle vegitation. The jungle is so thick that most of the trees themselves are overgrown by a banket of vine netting. A 3 hour bus ride while watching "Transformers" en espaniol, ended in the town Frontiera which begins the Rio Dulce. We got dropped off in the center of town and so made our way to find the marina. You know, everywhere you travel there is always...

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Nov 16, 2008 - Guatemala - Puptun

Well, one thing Our journey so far has shown us is that no matter how crazy you think someone elses, anyone else's (uh hum...Roland) driving is....you have not been on a bus in Guatemala. Oi Vey! It is unlike anything we have experienced. When Brian´s eyes get as big as they can go, and he mutters¨"Jesus" under his breath...you know its a ride. You Coloradoans, imagine Black Bear pass (near the waterfall) that wide, that rough, turns so tight you swear you just made a full circle....over and over again...and all in a greyhound size bus...

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Jun 8, 2008 - Bienvenidos a Guatemala

The Captain and I dropped our anchor just offshore from Livingston, close enough to row in. We hailed the Port Captain on the radio and were told that someone would be out to perform our boat inspection in about 15 minutes. We had cleaed up house in anticipation of visitors, showered and changed our clothes so as not to appear like a couple of boat bums after our sleepless night. A party of six arrived at the boat, 4 officials who came aboard, including a doctor and a couple of men who ferried them out and waited to take them back. I...

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May 20, 2008 - Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Woke up very early to take a sunrise kayaking trip. We kayaked to some mangroves across the bay and we saw a big group of howler monkeys. They sound so scary when they are close! We saw the leader and some baby ones. On our way back we even saw a manatee! The guide said they are really rarely seen in the waters where we were. What a treat! Later visited the town and bought some bread, postcards, fruit and water from the market. Most of the group went on a day trip to Livingston today, but I wanted to just take it easy and sleep in the...

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May 19, 2008 - Rio Dulce, Guatemala

We took private transport from Flores to Rio Dulce, which was interesting because the guy who arranged it with Chimi tried to screw him over several times in different ways. We thought Chimi was going to fight him at one point, which was cool (not that I wanted him to fight, but it was cool that he could stand his ground and not be taken advantage of). Anyway, we arrived in Rio Dulce, which is somewhat of a dangerous town at night since there are lots of bars and Guatemalans can carry guns legally. Luckily, our hotel is one that you have to...

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Mar 3, 2008 - San Jose, Belize

Yes we headed to the hills - it took an hour on dirt roads to get to San Jose and we pulled into a large scattered village of thatched huts amongst climbing roads and steep hillsides. Our guest house was fun - loft beds with mosquito netting and not much else. We were immediately adopted by Juliano, a 12 year old boy with a wicked grin....its lucky they all speak English!! - the school was closed for the day as all teachers were in Punta Gorda at a workshop and to get their pay! So the village kids were happy to hang out with us, teach us...

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Oct 28, 2007 - Rio Dulce

After my experience at Tikal, i went back to the eco-lodge and Cesar came back for a minute. Apparantly him and Niel and buddies. I was so wiped that I told Ceasar thanks for everything, gave him a tip that was much larger than the ones the other travelers gave him. I felt kinda bad becuase i saw how much everyone gave him. He passed his hat around afterwards for people to put money in, and I was the last one to get it. Out of ten or more people there couldnt have been more than 10 Q in there. Which means that everyone gave him only 1 Q....

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Sep 11, 2007 - Dodging Felix

Nothing too exciting to report, just life as usual at Mario's Marina. There was major excitement a week ago when it looked for a while like Hurricane Felix was headed this way. We attended our first Captain's meeting and were briefed on the details of the 72 hour plan which we were told would go into effect the next day at noon if the storm was headed our way. First thing the next morning, few hours ahead of schedule, the 72 hour plan went into effect as the storm was headed our way. The fist task was a fuel run on the Marina's pontoon...

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Jul 24, 2007 - Getting into a Groove

The Captain and I are getting into a groove here in Rio Dulce. The weather has improved and we have had less rain and more sunny days. I just walked up to the Cayuco Club to buy the Captain a huge, decadent piece of Key Lime Pie for $23Quetzals (approx $3.00) I killed this nasty looking spider on the back deck one day. I looked it up on a website in town one day and he is indeed a nasty bug, not deadly but the bite can result in a gruesome looking open wound. We are keeping our shoes on, eyes open and spraying often! We have been exploring...

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