Dancing Garifuna Style

Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
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Trip End Aug 02, 2013


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Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Saturday, February 2, 2013

Livingston isn't quite like anywhere else in Guatemala. With no road access into the vibrant village we jumped on a river taxi and head down the Rio Dulce. After around an hour of bird watching and spotting iguana's high in the trees we step off the boat and are greeted eagerly by the Garifuna people asking for tips to take us to our accommodation.

Once settle into our room at the hostel we decided we would go spend our one evening in Livingston with a Garifuna family at the Rasta Mesa. Here we learnt to cook one of their traditional dishes, Hudut, a coconut broth with fish and green banana dumplings. Grinding coconuts to make fresh coconut milk and filleting the catch of the day before smelling the onions and garlic fry made our mouths water!

After sharing the delicious self-made dinner, and a couple of cold beers with our generous local hosts, we were treated to a private concert! Some of the locals gathered to play some typical Garifuna music known as Punta. Banging on the drums, turtle shells and singing in true Garifuna style it was not hard to get up and join the families' kids in a dance!

In the morning we joined our new friend from New York, Meg on a boat headed for Utila

Note: Have you ever woken up to the sound of water splashing on the bedroom floor? That night it rained heavily outside but I didn't hear the forecast for rain INSIDE. I sat up to see Simon peeing tequila at the end of the bed. LUCKY the bedroom floor was just concrete and thank god he didn't do it next to me on the mattress!
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Anne on

Fabulous! Love it. Keep enjoying and we ALL miss you two. Life is quiet with you all. Kisses

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