Blogs from Río Dulce, Caribbean Coast, Guatemala, Central America Caribbean

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After a very bad 4 hours bus ride from Flores, without AC or a WC in the bus and only 1 toilet stop, we finally arrived to Río Dulce. There we took a taxi boat to our hostel (Dreamcatchers Eco Lodge), which is situated quite far from the mainland. We loved the place on first sight ! It was a beautiful open hostel in the middle of nature, just on the river bank, monkeys and birds everywhere around. :-D Anja and me took a flying tent and Skander a bed in the dorms. The hostel is open, you’re always sitting outside and you can always enjoy the beautiful nature there. The owner, Liesel, was really nice and welcoming, just as her staff. They have a really good restaurant there and the food is just amazing. After ... read more
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Nach einer sehr schlechten 4-stündigen Fahrt von Flores, ohne Klimaanlage oder WC im Bus und mit nur einem kurzen Stop, sind wir endlich in Río Dulce angekommen. Dort haben wir ein Taxiboot zu unserem Hotstel (Dreamcatchers Eco Lodge) genommen, das relativ weit entfernt vom eigentlichen Ort Río Dulce liegt. Wir haben uns auf den ersten Blick in dieses Hostel verliebt ! Es war ein sehr schönes, offenes Hostel inmitten der Natur, sofort am Fluss, überall rundherum Affen und Vögel. :-D Anja und ich haben ein fliegendes Zelt genommen und Skander ist in den offenen Schlafsaal gegangen. Das Hostel ist offen, d.h. es hat eigentlich keine Wände, man sitzt also immer draußen und man kann den ganzen Tag die wundervolle Natur dort genießen. Die Besitzerin, Liesel, war sehr nett und gastfreundlich, genau wie ihr Personal. Sie haben ... read more
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Have a couple of boat rides today into Belize. Promise I will write more when we have a bit more reliable internet. ... read more
Rio Dulce Guatemala
Guatemala
Ready steady jump


On Wednesday morning I woke up at 5:30 am in preparation for a 6 am pick-up at my Airbnb. I decided late Tuesday night to book a morning tour to hike Pacaya Volcano and am so glad I did! Surrounding Antigua there are 3 volcanoes--Fuego, Agua and Acatenango. Pacaya is an active volcano about an hour's drive outside of town and rises to an elevation of 2552 metres (8373 ft). It's last activity was in 2014. In my group there was a family of 4 (French Canadian), a couple and their good friend (from France), Fernanda (my friend from Costa Rica) and myself. Upon learning that I speak Spanish, Fernanda and I quickly became good friends and hiking buddies. She's traveling around Guatemala for a week with a co-worker that as she described it, "is older ... read more
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Roasting marshmellows
Volcanic rock


After leaving Flores Jess and I stopped at en Eco lodge half way to Lake Izabal called Finca Ixobel. This is a beautiful little place nestled right in the countryside. We opted for a treehouse with gaps in the floorboards and no electricity, but it came with a lot of charm. The eco lodge has its own spring fed swimming hole too. This comes with a slightly surreal abandoned feel at first - there is a non working water slide and a bar that wasn't open as it's mid week low season. This lent a slight abandoned feel to the place. Once we'd assured ourselves we weren't on the set of a horror movie it was very tranquil there. The pool is surrounded by bamboo, trees and mountains. We even spotted two Koi carp swimming in ... read more
Our treehouse home
No weapons to be taken to the pool
Is this the Orwell bridge? I think we're lost


Dear All Greetings from a rather unusual place this time. I am writing this one from window seat number 41, on the “Litegua” bus service from Guatemala City to Rio Dulce. I’ve never written one from a bus seat before, but the plan was to write this one up when I’d arrived nice and early in Rio Dulce and upload onto my blog. However, the bus will be getting into Rio Dulce a little later than they’d told me in the travel agency where I booked the ticket – we arrive at 7pm, as opposed to 4pm as they’d said. Ah well, it does mean I get to spend part of the bus journey writing this up, which may make it go a bit quicker…! I plan to upload it onto my blog hopefully this evening, ... read more
Arco de Santa Catalina
View from Pacaya Volcan
Me, Pacaya Volcan


HE SAID... We woke early again, thanks to the overly enthusiastic rooster that had set himself off at 3am every morning since we had been in Antigua. We made our way out of the Antiguan valley at 5am in bright moonlight and descended into Guatemala City with a blood red sun rising over the sprawling city. We were meant to be travelling to Semuc Champey, but political unrest in that part of the country had made it unsafe for travel, so we were venturing instead to Rio Dulce, close to the Caribbean coast. We had a six hour drive ahead of us, so we had stocked up on provisions. As I stared out the window of our minibus, the settlements on the outskirts of Guatemala City were a stark reminder of the extent of poverty that ... read more
tacos
shrimp cerviche
tortugal hotel


We left Lanquin and headed for Rio Dulce, I think it was the worst road we have travelled on all year. We travelled for six hours in total, and more than five hours on an unsealed, bumpy road, but at least we didn't have any roadblocks. Our driver called ahead to hold the local boat heading to Livingston, the boat was due to leave at two, we arrived about quarter past two but didn't finally leave until just before three. We were staying at the Round House on the river about an hour from Rio Dulce and twenty minutes from Livingston. Each night they have a family style dinner, on our first night we were unable to sit around the table as there was an invasion of army ants. We watched all the bugs and insects ... read more
The jetty at The Roundhouse
Near Rio Dulce (town)
Views along the banks of the Rio Dulce


Our Arrival Our boat from Livingston arrived at 11am. From the dock walk up the path under the bridge to reach the main road of the town. Where We Stayed Hospedaje Marilu - Q100 for a double room with private bathroom. Located just off the main road at the start of the bridge on the right hand side as you are facing the bridge. Wasn't a pretty room, the toilet had no seat and had to be flushed with a bucket and the fan wasn't very good. We stayed there as all the waterside hotels were really expensive. Where We Ate Along the side of the main road there are plenty of places/stalls to eat. We had some nice tacos. There is a supermarket on the right of the main street as you are walking away ... read more


I woke up early; but amazingly fell back asleep until almost 7 - which for me is no feat short of a miracle:-) Quick shower - I was packing up when I heard a rather shocking loud yelp from the bathroom and was torn between worrying and giggling! Turns out the hot water disappears very quickly (read: off instantly) and Larry got a very, very cold blast of water. Oops. So he warned me and I got in, rinsed myself down, turned the water off, soaped up, turned water back on, rinse, repeat! Kind of quirkiy doing it that way, but wasn’t the first, and won’t be my last for dealing with emotional showers. Ice cold blasts, even in the jungle are never fun! After breakfast we started our boat ride along the Rio Dulce in ... read more
Egret - but I could be making that up!
In motion, not bad for an iphone!
Castillo de San Felipe de Lara




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