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 is right next to the Guatemalan army base. Our guide told us the men with m16s may look formiddable, but they've never had to use their guns. It's actually quite a safe town.