Kayaks and Howler Monkeys

Trip Start Oct 12, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Guatemala  , Izabal,
Monday, November 2, 2009

Our next stop in Guatemala was Rio Dulce one of my favorite places in Guatemala. We made our way down to Rio Dulce which took about 5 hours on the bus we were still using our private transport and with so many of us it was working out the same price as public transport but just a nicer way to travel
We stopped at a great place for brekkie where lots of people stay and do some volunteer cant remember the name but they did some mean scrambled eggs.
We stopped in Rio Dulce and had to take a water taxi out to Tijax´s jungle lodge. Its was a cool place to stay we got our own little lodge with comfy beds and netting all around them, plus our own bathroom. Its in the jungle on the shore of the Rio Dulce plus its environmentally responsible which is always good.
We signed up for some early morning kayaking and a 5am start to see the sun rise and hopefully some howler monkeys. We kicked back that evening and sat over looking the river with some local Guatemalan beer 'Gallo'  That night it lashed rain and at one point i thought our little lodge was going to blow over into the water. The weather in Guatemala is much wetter then Mexico or Belize and i must admit i was quite enjoying it!

We got up early the next morning to begin our kayaking across the lake. As me and Brian had´nt done this before we thought we would go in the same kayak as it would be easier...ha wrong! Our guide that took us out wasn't too much help I'm sure she knew we were struggling as we were miles behind everyone else but she just kept on going. Once we finally caught up it was nice and cruisey and we got to see and hear the howler monkeys. We just had to make our way back...lets just say if we go kayaking again it will be in separate kayaks.

The same day we headed out to the island Livingston which is a Caribbean island right in the middle of Guatemala. Chad (our tour leader) had arrange a boat of us that day just like a water taxi but he would be with us for the whole day. It was a brilliant day the driver took us all around the river,lake,river of Rio Dulce it was amazing the landscapes was like nothing i had see before. Massive jungles and mountains so much lush green scenery it was stunning. Our driver took us to our first stop for some coconut juice still in the coconut and had some local kids floated up to us on their boats to show us some turtles in other words to give them some money. But they were pretty cute... the kids...so how can you say no!

Our next stop was a local village in the jungle called Ak' Tenamit.Ak' Tenamit is an indigenous community development organization based in the rainforest's of Río Dulce, Izabal that promotes long-term solutions to poverty through programs in health,education and family incomes- run by and for the Q'eqchi Maya. The tour guide a local girl met us off the boat and took us around to see her village. She took us to see their school and the pupils learing in them and explained what they did and how important it is for them to keep the tradition of the  Q´'eqchi Maya but also to have equality for the females in their village.

Our next stop was Livingston we stopped of here for about an hour. We took a stroll through the town and stopped off and had some pretty yummy Mexican/Jamaica/Guatemalan dish of veggie curry served by mad Mary would kept telling us how great she was and how great her place was! Some of the girls had the local dish of a whole fish in some soup!
Our our way back to Tijax´s we stopped off at some hot springs a perfect way to end a perfect day. We were on the move again next stop Antigua!
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