Livingston is very different to anywhere else in Guatemala because it it very Carribbean. The people of Livingston are mostly Garifuna with African roots and our hostel was like the Garifunas - extremely laid back during the day and liked to party at night. It wasnīt long before all kinds of singing, dancing and swinging out of the rafters kicked off
. It was mostly dancing until the rain knocked out the electricity so we had no choice but to sing. Rusty the English hostel owner joined in the antics as well as Jurgen and Josh the barmen. Rusty had a lot of Christmas song requests with various alternative versions of Twinkle Twinkle being his favourite. Indeed he was so impressed with our vocal talents he called his father in England several times throughout the night so he could also enjoy the concert. The night also included what was probably the first time St Bridgids day was counted down and rang in.
The heavy rain continued the next day so yet another jungle trip had to be cancelled. Instead we had a well deserved day off, relaxing on the couches and hammocks.
Rio Dulce is a river and a town and when we arrived we got a quick boat to an ecolodge. It was a very relaxed hostel so we did a lot of relaxing in hammocks and a little kayaking. The next day we went an hour up river into a lake and went for a swim in a cold pool that had a hot waterfall flowing into it. It was incredible - like having a very powerful and very hot shower. We stayed another relaxing night in the ecolodge and carried on downriver to Livingston on the Carribbean coast. The boat journey is famous for itīs spectacular scenery but unfortunately it was lashing rain for most of it. It calmed down for the best part of the journey though and we were suitably impressed.