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Dec 1, 2004 - >> Rio Dulce, Guatemala...Towards friends!!

Before taking the bus onwards and northwards, wanted to go on the internet. Had thought could spend a bit of time there, but after purchasing a bottle of "Salva Vida" (Reto's favourite beer), found out that the Honduran limperas were deceiving little. You may have a wad of notes in your pocket, but they still amount to less than US$3. Great! So, I had just enough money for 15 minutes on the (slow) internet, for the bus journey, for the exit fees... and nothing for a bottle of water. There was no way I would drink the tap water I used to...

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Yat's Big Trip

Oct 17, 2004 - Guatemala: Rio Dulce

cont.... The next day we left Livingston and went on a beautiful boat journey along the Rio Dulce, where we cruised along and saw amazing rare tropical birds and lush tropical jungle scenery. We stopped for a while at the Biotopo Chocon Machacas - a 7,600 hectare reserve that protects the riverscape, mangrove swamps and the beautiful giant 1 ton Manatees (AKA sea cows and I have still yet to see one - they are very elusive). Heading upriver we eventually arrived at the village of Rio Dulce where we planned to stay for a few days to explore....

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Oct 16, 2004 - Guatemala: Livingston

We were quite excited about getting to Guatemala because we had heard so much about this amazing country from other fellow travelers who just raved about the place. After arriving in Puerto Barrios, we got straight on another boat to Livingston - a small and pretty little town which isn't typically Guatemalan and has a strong Belizean influence (and is indeed populated by many Belizeans and Black Caribs as well as the Mayan and Guatemalan people). We stayed here for just one night.

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Sep 12, 2004 - Rastafari

Livingstone is my first taste of the carribean. I met a couple of other travelers, Youko and Emma, both a lot of fun. We went and listened to some live Garifuna music and had a few drinks in the evening we arrived and then visited the Seven Altars, a series of waterfalls near the beach, it was all very chilled.

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Jun 22, 2004 - Rio Dulce and Livingston

Ellen: Here´s some more detailed info on each of the places, because we need a separate entry to make a point on the map. What we mean by crappy city (in the nice way) is that everything is just pretty run down. Understandable, given that these are poor cities in poor countries, and that Hurrican Mitch went through recently. (Kevin: in Latin American time, that is. It was almost 6 years ago now). Gosh, I´m really trying to be descriptive without sounding horrible. But just to describe, all the buildings are no more than two stories, and...

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Jun 22, 2004 - Leaving Guatemala

Ellen: (Note: we decided to date our entries when the events took place, not when we are writing about it - today is actually the 28th.) It´s been a while since we´ve posted anything, but I think that´s for the best because if I had written about our trip into Honduras closer to the actaul time I would have just been cranky and raving. So let me preface this by saying that I KNOW this is part of the ADVENTURE, and I KNOW we ASKED for this, but holy crap it took us TWO DAYS to get to the country NEXT DOOR!!! Actually, it is pretty fun to...

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Jun 19, 2004 - Livingston, Guatemala

Took a boat down the Rio Dulce to Livingston. Really nice views, particularly through the area where we had steep forested cliffs on 1 side of us. Also went through a mangrove swamp which is protected for manatees (didn't see any though). Had a swim in a hot spring on the way. Livingston famous for the Garifuna local people who live here, and the laid back Caribbean way of life. Unfortunately we reckon the Guatemalans are forcing out the Garifuna as we didn't see too many. Nice buildings there, and had lovely food at Bahias Azul. Rained the...

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Jun 18, 2004 - Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Got through the border no problem, and really lucky with bus connections etc. Only took us around 4hrs to get to Rio Dulce. Booked into a Hotel popular with yachties. Our room looked onto the river and had a swimming pool (which we didn't use 'cause it was raining). Not a great place - just a junction for us to get to our next destination.....

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