IZABAL AND RIO DULCE:
Come with us on our Izabal and Rio Dulce tour and discover beautiful nature and village life alongside the river. We’ll explore the area’s unique flora and fauna, canyon gorges, waterfalls, beaches and natural pools and visit Livingston, a town only reachable by boat with its own unique culture, gastronomy, language, and lifestyle, you won’t find anywhere else in Guatemala.
El Boquerón, Finca El Paraíso and Finca Tatin
After a 7 hour’s drive, we will arrive at our first Lake Izabal destination, El Boquerón. This ecological park is filled with natural beauty, flora and fauna. Here we will enjoy a canoe ride with the area’s locals down the Sauce River where we can see caves, high canyon rock walls, lush green vegetation and a scared site where local Mayans practice rituals. Next we will visit nearby Finca El Paraíso, a nature park with natural pools and hot springs surrounded by the jungle. What makes this place unique is a hot waterfall cascading into the cool river running beneath it. Here we will enjoy the natural pools which locals say have healing powers and take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature.
After a lunch with local community members, we will transfer to Finca Tatin, a riverside eco-lodge and our accommodation for the night, to enjoy free time with optional hiking, swimming, kayaking, and other activities.
Located on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala, Livingston is only reachable by boat. Inhabited primarily by the Garifuna, descendants of former slaves, the town has unique culture, gastronomy, language, and lifestyle, you won’t find anywhere else in Guatemala. After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our day and journey to Livingston with a boat tour (1.5 hours) heading down the river where we can take in wildlife, riverside villages, and breathtaking scenery.
We will begin our visit to Livingston with a trip to Los Siete Altares and Playa Blanca. Los Siete Altares, or seven altars, is a series of seven waterfalls and freshwater pools hidden in the jungle just off the beach. Here we will enjoy a riverside hike, and free time for swimming and relaxation. Next we will make our way by boat to Livingston’s Playa Blanca, a pristine white sand beach recently named by Forbes as one of the best beaches in Caribbean where we will spend the afternoon enjoying sand, sea, and sun before returning to the night’s accommodation for the evening.
After a morning of free time to explore Livingston and take in the Garifuna culture, village life and local sights, we will return to Rio Dulce by boat (1.5 hours).
Castillo de San Felipe
Our final stop in Rio Dulce will be the Castillo de San Felipe de Lara. Originally constructed by the Spanish in 1652 to defend Lake Izabal against pirates, this castle fort remains well preserved.
On a guided tour, we will learn the history of this fortress and the Izabal and Rio Dulce area, see the forts many rooms and artifacts, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.
After dinner back in Rio Dulce’s downtown, we will travel back to Antigua (6 hours’ drive).
· All transport (private bus and boat)
· Experienced, bilingual guide
· Meals: Lunch on Day 1, hotel breakfasts
· All tours, local guides, and workshop/entrance fees
What to bring
· Clothing, toiletries, and personal items needed for a 3 day excursion
· Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes
· Sun and rain protection (sunscreen, rain jacket, hat)
· Money for excluded meals, optional activities, and souvenir shopping