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Nov 4, 2006 - Rio Dulce

When we woke up in Livingston, there was still no power. So with no shower, no money and no hope we decided to leave Livingston and head up river to Rio Dulce. We needed an atm and fast. On the good side the rain had finally stopped and the sky was looking blue! We had to get another boat! Man with no roads going into Livingston we had no other choice. We boarded with intrepidation but this was a bigger boat and we were going up a river this time. And wow what a differecne a day makes! The water was so calm we just drifted over it and...

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Nov 3, 2006 - Livingston

Hello all We woke in Puuta Gorda to find it was still raining very heavy (32 hours soild) We had already decided on the 10am boat to take us to Guatemala but during our breakfast we were approched by a captain who convinced us to take his boat which was settong off an hour earlier. No problems there! We got us a taxi to take us to the ferry terminal (coz of the rain). Just as we were leaving another lass from our hostel was setting off to the dock too! "Hey do you want to share our taxi with us so you don't get wet?" I shouted above the...

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Nov 2, 2006 - Punta Gorda

So I'll continue the story of the last few days! The rain started in the early hours of Thurs morn, not just the little rain drops in Britain, but great big drops, that fell in a torential pour, and didn't stop! We set off in the rain to catch the little water taxi out of Placencia, to catch the next bus down to Punta Gorda. From here we would be able to get a boat across Honduras bay and into Guatemala. Sounds ok! We were completly togged up in waterproofs but within 5 seconds of leaving our room we were soaked to the skin! Our pants...

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Aug 21, 2006 - Life in the Jungle... Rio Dulce, Guatemala

As I (Julie) woke up this morning with the sun (a little earlier than usual) and went about my typical routine of getting a cup of coffee, I was struck by the beauty of this place. So I took a seat on the porch and allowed myself to just be silent before the Creator of the universe. In the silence, I was captivated by thoughts of the sacredness of life. These thoughts are often left half-formed in my mind because of the busyness of a day, but this morning I was able to stop and they were able to mature. St. Irenaeus said, "The glory of God...

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May 11, 2006 - Rio Dulce

xa salin da jungla! estou en Rio Dulce, no Lago Izabal, e costou traballo chegar... o viaxe en autobus en guatemala en un viaxe moi especial, nada de horarios, para cada par de kilometros pra que suba mais xente, en cada parada entra xente que che vende todo tipo de bebidas e comidas e a mayoria das ventanas do bus estan rotas... pero non facian falta ninguna, que por primeira vez en guatemala fixo calor de verdad, e vaya humedad, uf! e aki estamos, o ingles mais eu, en una caseta pegada o lago Izabal, que leven uns suizos de Lucerna, ja,...

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Apr 26, 2006 - Rio Dulce & Livingston

After Tikal and Flores we continued to a jungle-lodge by the river Rio Dulce, which is also the name of the town. In the afternoon we took a guided tour on wooden paths in the jungle behind the lodge. It took us up to a hilltop where they had built a tower for better view of the jungle and surrounding rubber-tree plantations. The next day we went for a boat ride (with sightseeing) on the river to go to see a small town on the atlantic coast called Livingston. This town was the same kind of comunity as they had on Caye Culker, with...

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Apr 19, 2006 - Rio Dulce

Semana Santa in Guatemala is quite the celebration! We managed to join in the festivites in Flores for a few days. The week really starts on Thursday when locals are all ending their work week to party the night away before Good Friday. After a late night of dancing, Friday morning comes early. There was a beautiful procession through the streets of Flores with loud music starting at around eight. We were unaware of the march until we decided to peel ourselves out of bed to see what all the noise was about. We were taken back to see the...

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Mar 31, 2006 - Some days are better than others

Hola from Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. Today was one of those days where ordinary travel morphed into adventure. We expected to be in Honduras this evening, but the boat we were supposed to take this morning from Placencia, Belize to Puerto Cortes, Honduras was cancelled because of rough seas. This caused us some concern, as the next boat was scheduled to leave in a week. Not being easily deterred, we figured out an alternative route: water taxi from Placencia to Independence, bus from Independence to Punta Gorda, boat from Punta Gorda to...

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Central America 2006

Mar 30, 2006 - Rio Dulce and Livingston

The journey to Rio Dulce was less than pleasant. It was supposed to take about 5 hours with one change but took a few more. We started on a chicken bus, then had to change to one of their dodgy coaches for another 3 hours. We got off at El Rancho, a stretch of road in the middle of nowhere that serves as a main change over for a lot of different destinations. Again as we had no spanish we stumbled through a few directions. We eventually met a guy who told us that we had to get a minivan to another town for a transfer, I was suspicious but...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Feb 14, 2006 - Rio Dulce

Dinsdag 14 februari - Vrijdag 17 februari Rio Dulce (zoete rivier) moet volgens de Lonely Planet een plaatsje zijn waarvandaan je de mooiste boottocht kunt maken richting de kust. Dit wilden we dan ook niet aan ons voorbij laten gaan, bovendien zou dit een mooie plaats zijn voor een tussenstop tussen Utila en Tikal. Na een lange reis van Utila tot de grens met Guatemala hadden we al menig overstap gemaakt. De eerste kennismaking met Guatemala was opvallend. Zodra je de grens over was was het afval uit de bermen, rond de huizen en in de...

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wilschut en de witt

Dec 17, 2005 - Auf Wiedersehen Antigua

Wow, der letzte Monat ist nur so an uns vorbeigeflogen, ohne das wir davon viel mitbekommen haben! Wir verlassen nun also Antigua und sehen uns waehrend einer Woche die "Highlights" Guatemalas an. Danach reisen wir zurueck nach Monterico, wo wir bereits frueher ein Wochenende verbracht haben. Uns hat es dort so gut gefallen, dass wir kuerzerhand all unsere Reiseplaene ueberworfen und Monterico zu unserer Weihnachtsdestination erwaehlt haben. Wir werden dort im Hotel Cafe del Sol waehrend einer Woche logieren und unsere Seelen baumeln...

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¡Vamos!

Nov 19, 2005 - Jungle Fever

We fell in love with a jungle lodge (Finca Tatin) we stayed in on the last day of our one week journey to the Carribean coast of Guate. We were totally immersed in the jungle surrounded by dark green plants, a huge variety of flowers and vines and a river. We lounged in hammocks, swam in the river and went on jungle walks while the kids were completely self contained. We could have stayed for weeks, but unfortunately we had to leave the next day to meet up with friends back in Antigua. I had a premonition that this would happen, that we'd...

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