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Mar 18, 2014 - Livingston

Vicki’s birthday today. After breakfast we catch a boat to Livingston. It was beautiful out on the water today, and the boat stopped along the way to show us the local birdlife and breeding grounds. There are a lot of large yachts from around the world moored at various places along the river. Livingston itself is located where the river enters the Caribbean Sea, and cannot be reached by road, so has a feeling of an island although it is actually on the mainland. We spent two or three hours at Livingston wandering around and having lunch. A...

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Aug 19, 2012 - The great escape!!

We ended up spending a fair chunk of our time in Utila figuring out how we could actually get off the island itself! Not in a bad way as if we were dying to leave but it was turning out to be fairly impossible to make a connection up to Belize!! I think we approached every fisher man and punter with a boat offering them money to do the 2/3hour journey north but they were all so bone lazy none of them were bothered! The ones that even entertained the notion were charging insane prices like a $1250us per boat so we swiftly told them to jog...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Rio Tatin

After a 14 hour journey and a night in Livingston, we are now up river of Livingston at the Finca Tatin on a river tributary to the Rio Dulce. Deep in the jungle...heart of Darkness stuff. Spiders, scorpions and all that stuff...Yikes. Leaving Wednesday to head to Lanquin to visit Semuc Champey for the day before heading off to the lake for the rest of our vacation!

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Ecuador 2011

Jan 22, 2011 - Livingston

Photos for Livingston are in the next entry. We crossed the order into Guatemala at Corinto – another uneventful crossing, hardly anyone about at that time of the morning. After changing some money (Honduran lempira to Guatemalan quetzales) we were bamboozled into paying way too much for a transfer to the nearest town. One day I will dedicate the journal entry to all the things that didn't go so well, and right up there will be the rip offs or Local Price vs Gringo Price. Anyway, from Puerto Barrios we caught a boat to Livingston, a...

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Ruddles' Travels

May 20, 2010 - Little House of Horrors

Heute standen wir um 7:30 auf, da wir um 9 Horseriding ausgemacht hatten. Zum Fruehstueck gab es superleckere Pancackes mit Honig - perfekter Start in den Tag! Dann gings ueber Haengebruecken ueber den Urwaldsumpf zu den Pferden und zum 2stuendigen Ausritt. Gott sei Dank hatten wir das schon in der Frueh geplant, weil es wurde dann echt heiss. Die Pferde waren ganz ok (meines war dunkelbraun und hiess Zorro, Claudias war braun und hiess Larri....) und wir durchstreiften eine Rubber Plantation, bestiegen einen Aussichtsturm und hatten dann...

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May 19, 2010 - In den Dschungel ...

Um ca. 1 ging es dann (gott sei dank mit Private Van) los in Richtung Rio Dulce, im Nordosten von Guatemala, am Golf von Honduras gelegen. Trotzdem war die Fahrt sehr sehr lange und anstrengend. Interessant war vor allem, wie sich die Landschaft aenderte: vom Hochland, wo Antigua war, bis runter zur Kueste nach Livingston. Die Kuestenregion gefaellt mir besser. Stiegen wir bei ca. 25 angenehmen fruelingshaften Grad in den Bus, wurde es im Laufe der Fahrt immer heisser und feuchter ... In Rio Dulce angekommen hatten wir dann das erste echte...

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Apr 27, 2009 - Rio Dulce, Livingston (C'bean Coast) Lago Atitlan

Dennis did an amazing amount of driving (pobrecito). After driving to Rio Dule, we took a boat(about an hr) to Livingston. Livingston could very well be a Caribbean island. Although there are traditional mayan looking guatemalans, there is also a considerable amount of black people. We walked around for a couple hrs and then headed back towards Guate city. The next day we drove through the old City of Antigua and got very lost before eventually finding our way to Panajachel. Overall it was great of dennis to come. It was the first time i've...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Good Friday, in Livingston, Guatemala

After spending a quiet night in Punta Gorda, we awoke early Friday morning, April 10. It was Good Friday, and we were to catch the boat to Livingston, Guatemala at 9. Cory and Elaine went downstairs to get their laundry. Once again, one of the maids agreed to do it. For the second time, on their vacation, they experienced the results of bleach on their laundry. The first time it was a piece of clothing that nobody would see, so not really a big deal, but this time, Cory’s Columbia Khaki Man Shirt, now changed his name to bleached Khaki...

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Jan 29, 2009 - Guatemala

We had another early excursion today in Guatemala, which met at 7:50am. So we ate breakfast again in the room and met our group and headed off to the San Fellipe fortress. This fortress was built by the Spaniards to keep pirates from entering Lago Izabel from the Rio Dulce. The Rio Dulce runs from Santo Thomas through the center of the country to Lago Izabal. The Spanish had a chain which they would pull across the narrow river to stop ships from entering the lake. We boarded our coach in Santo Thomas and made our way out of the port which...

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Jan 21, 2009 - Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Silverheels II arrived in the town of Livingston, Guatemala and was promptly met by a launch carrying the largest and most amicable official greeting party I’ve ever encountered. The group consisted of the port captain, the immigration agent, the customs officer, the town doctor, the ship’s agent, the launch captain and a boy from town who was apparently just along for the ride. The ship’s agent was the only one who spoke any amount of English, so he introduced his party in order while everyone shook hands with everyone else. Once these...

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Nov 12, 2008 - Livingston

November 12th, 2008 Our boat made it to Livingston with no problems. Now to find a place to sleep. Of course the minute we got off the boat we had plenty of guys wanting to escort us. Laura and I and a pair of French girls checked out this one place up the road named Hotel Rio Dulce. The girls decided to stay and Laura and I ventured out to see other accommodations. I just wanted to check out what the travel guide recommended and then decide, our escort still wanted to come with us eventhough we told him that we didn't require his services....

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Leslie's Trip South

Oct 14, 2008 - Livingston - unlike anywhere else in Guatemala

October 12-14 We returned back to Guatemala, this time to the Caribbean side, to check out the groovy town of Livingston. It´s perched right at the mouth of the Rio Dulce, one of Guatemala´s finest rivers, and the Caribbean Sea. While most of Guatemala is of Hispanic descent, this town is largely Garifuna and unconnected by road from the rest of the country. The Garifuna aren´t strong in numbers per se, but they are definitely strong in spirit. This Black Carib culture is such a nice change from most of Central America with their dreadlock...

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