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Return to Rio Dulce and a Lancha to Livingstone

Water, water everywhere...

After our day trip to Tikal we were ready to head back down to Rio Dulce. (Seems a bit back to front but knew we wanted to visit Tikal but also wanted to cross into Belize in the south so had to go back on ourselves). Anyway we got seats on the bus this time so was a much more comfortable journey and we could actually see the passing countryside. Really green and jungly this side of Guatemala although unfortunately a lot of the primary forest is disappearing due to the usual logging etc.

So glad we decided to stay another night in Rio Dulce on our way back through as this time we stayed on a place out on the river and think we finally got what all the fuss was about! Our hotel was down a little inlet...

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and had cool little wooden buildings on stilts in the swampy jungle all connected with wooden boardwalks...

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We spent the afternoon chilling and generally taking in the jungle atmosphere, and avoiding the little green snake which fell out of the tree above us as we were eating lunch!! Fortunately there was a little restaurant on site and we partook of the lovely buffet with the other people staying at the hotel that evening.

Up early maƱana for the trip to Livingstone the Lancha was cool and we got to see all the sights on the way such as:

Castillo De San Felipe....

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The Laguna Garden....

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While we were here some kids rowed over to us in a kayak made out of a log to show us some of the local fauna...

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The river was amazing and the further we got along the grander and more jungley it became, there were still people living along the banks in simple little huts and the towering trees reached right to the bank....

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We arrived into Livingstone after our river journey and it's a pretty crazy little place. You can only get here by boat and it's sort of a port town as it's right on the golf of Honduras and has boats going to Punta Gorda in Belize, although not every day which we found out when we got here, so have had to chill here for a couple of days. Chilling is easy here though as it fits with the Garifuna culture, which is a mix of indian and black, and quite like the rastafarian vibe.

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Found a pretty little hotel with a good courtyard for reading books in, and have sampled some of the local fish dishes which you can imagine are pretty fresh here!

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We did the tour around the town, which is about two streets and took in the local museum. In the middle of the local park with all the swings and fresh faced children playing we also found a lovely little pond which contained four of these......hmmmmmmmm

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Anyway we are heading off for Punta Gorda in Belize tomorrow so more from there, lots of love and miss you all loads...R & C xxx

Posted by russncath 16:27 Archived in Guatemala Tagged backpacking

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Yo!!!!!!!! Loving the jungle pics!!!!!!! Glad you have met a good range of friendly reptiles.... When in Punta Gorda see if there's a cafe called Gracie's and go there for a banana milkshake! If you get out to Abalone Caye take loads of pics please! And see if you can find my initials in the cement at the bottom of the steps of the building... and watch the sunset from the beach for me!!!!!!!!!!! Can't believe you going to be in my most fravroutist Belize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ba-liiiiiiiiiiiiiiize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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