Garifuna territory

Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2009

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Livingston is as far North and coastal as Guatemala goes. There are no roads to or from here and it´s only reachable with a 1.5 hour speedboat (lancha) ride through the river/jungle...which is precisely why we came to Rio Dulce.

Yep, the boat ride was certainly scenic and worth the effort. Like Rio Dulce, the attraction isn´t the place but the ride linking them, and as such there´s not a great deal to do - but it is certainly an interesting place because it is so different to the rest of the country, what with it being Garifuna territory.

- It rained for 2 days, so we ended up playing excessive amounts of poker. ´Frat party´ comes to mind, but that´s what happens when you mix rain, travellers and a bar.
- Siete Altares, a series of 7 waterfalls , was all that were really went out of our way to visit. Again we shunned the tours and made our own way there by taxi for a fraction of the price. T´was nice.
- The hostel basically had a swamp in the middle of it, inhabited by thousands of one armed crabs. Apparently they ate the mozzie eggs, which was fine by me!

As it´s coastal, the plan is to take a boat to Belize next...and at this point we said bye to Mary (off home for Xmas) and David (off to his host family in Xela for the cock fight). I suspect i´ll see both again as they´ll be in Central and South for a while.
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