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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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Jul 8, 2008 - Rio Dulce and Livingston, Guatemala

Crossing back into Guatemala we headed north towards the Caribbean coast. First stop was Rio Dulce, a small town on a busy main road named after the adjoining river. A very pleasant night in a riverside marina. The following day we took a lancha down the river, via lake El Golfete, to Livingston on the coast - very laid back with a mix of cultures, the majority being Garifuna (black Caribbean). Had an enjoyable day walking with a local guide with a visit to the church (Catholic but with services in three languages), the local graveyard...

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Mar 27, 2008 - Rio Dulce / Lake Izabal

27 marts ankom vi efter 7 timers koersel til Rio Dulce - en lille flaekke med et grimt rygte, beliggende I bunden af soeen Lago Izabel. Vi tog en baad 5 minutter ud fra kysten til en lille, totalt isoleret oe. Her skulle vi bo og det endda meget primitivt. Smaa Cabins var spredt rundt paa denne tropelignende oe, alle overordentligt daarligt "isoleret", saa alskens kryp havde adgang til vores aller helligste:) Det blev dog opvejet af det betagende aspekt af at vaere havnet I "no-mans-land" omgivet af flora&fauna vi normalt kun stirrer paa I...

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Here we go!

Mar 5, 2008 - Rio Dulce

Parce que nous avions manqué l'autobus à Flores nous sommes arrivées à Rio Dulce assez tard. Au premier abord, avec la noirceur, l'endroit semblait lugubre. Notre chambre d'hotel possède une des ces fameuses toilettes d'Amérique Latine qui sont à mon avis horribles. Je m'explique il n'y a comme pas de séparation entre la toilette et la douche. Tout est ensemble. Alors c'est comme prendre sa douche dans la toilette...MMMMMM. M'enfin les lits sont confortsbles et il y a des ventilateurs. Finalement, au levé du jour, on constate que c'est...

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Feb 15, 2007 - Livingston: Boats, buses and back to Guatemala

And so starts another tiring day of travelling with a 630am water taxi back to Belize City. I think the early morning diving, photographing the sunrise and late late nights partying meant that we were looking rather bleary-eyed on the boat trip back to the mainland. Today's mammoth journey is from Caye Caulker to Livingston back in Guatemala and involves said mentioned water taxi back to Belize City(1hr), a taxi to the bus station(10mins), two chicken buses to get to the port of Punta Gorda (6hrs), a ferry over to Puerto Barrios in...

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EZ Duz it!

Jan 6, 2007 - PG

The funny of the moment... We are staying at a very fancy lodge formerly called El Pescador. Before Nancy left she said that paying lots of money for a jungle lodge doesn't guarantee time away from the creepy crawly creatures (or something along those lines - I paraphrased...) Well wouldn't you know within 30 minutes of us arriving at the lodge I would open a door - step over a tarantula only to have Deana gasp and whine a terrified gurgle. I jumped and the front desk man queried. I turned to see a black hairy tarantula just where I had...

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Jan 3, 2007 - GUATEMALA - Livingstone, Finca Tatin & Rio Dulce

So am leaving Utila after just a week...thought i'd want to stay forever when i first arrived but am definitely ready to leave - the dive schools are very cliquey ...most of the people i've met are moving on and theres not much to do unless you're diving everyday - and i quickly got bored of that!...but it's a great place and would definitely like to come back one day... so me and the 2 swedes - Andreas and Gustaf got the early ferry back to la ceiba ready for another long long day of travelling....after what felt like changing buses a...

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Travelling Amy

Nov 22, 2006 - Finca Tatin

I picked up Jen and we spent a night in ANtigua at a beautiful hotel and then took of for Rio Dulce (Sweet River) in the north east of Guatemla. It is a river that meets the Bay of Honduras. We stayed 4 nights at Finca Tatin in the middle of the jungle. We ran up quite a tab. We bought rum to try and slow down the money spent on beer, but all in all this plan wasn't as effective as I thought it was going to be. The first day we got there the dog wanted us to follow him into the jungle so we did and we ended up in the middle of nowhere, but...

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