This morning I reported to the ferry dock to buy my cruise ticket on the Rio Dulce, Guatemala’s sweet river, from Livingston to Rio Dulce where I will then catch a bus back to Guatemala city.
I’m pretty happy to be leaving Livingston as it’s sweltering with humidity and definitely the most “dismal” place I’ve seen in the Caribbean.
Many travelers had great things to say about the Rio Dulce and maybe the river itself was better, but I probably already had my fill of sitting around the middle of the jungle sweating my a** off in Semuc Champey/Lanquin so that’s about how I feel about that.
The mouth or “Buga” of the Rio Dulce was beautiful and the water was nice and calm making for an enjoyable boat ride that was supposed to take 2 hours.
For a portion of the ride, there were steep limestone cliffs (some replete with graffiti) also covered in thick green jungle.
A few miles up the river there was a Mayan community which I had read about as this area is more renowned for the Garifuna people I wrote about yesterday, but they do work together in this area and live in perfect harmony.
About 30 minutes up the river we stopped at Agua Caliente or the hot springs… that’s just what I want to do when it is 90 degrees out and 85% humidity… sit in some hot springs. But we were there for 15 minutes so I dipped my feet in.
Considering it was RIGHT on the river, that water was HOT. I’d probably have boiled up if I put my whole body in, as if I haven’t been miserable enough from the heat.
A few minutes after we departed Agua Calientes where they also charged me 2Q to use the Banos, we came upon a place filled with lots of lily pads. They called it the Laguna de flores (Flower Lagoon).
Some people commented they had never seen lily pads before…. I grew up in Minnesota which is the land of 10000 lakes, so I’ve seen my share.
Next up seemed to be an egret nesting area, although the guide/boat captain didn’t really comment much about it.
About an hour after we left Livingston I knew we were already in the city of Rio Dulce as I began to see hundreds of docked sailboats. Apparently this area is renowned for being safe harbor during hurricane season and many people send their boats down this way until the end.
About a minute later we passed over a massive soaring bridge before pulling into the dock. Our 2 hour “tour” took about 1 hour 10 minutes and I was already in Rio Dulce Guatemala…. so now I just have to waste 12 hours away before my flight takes off this evening.
Luckily? if you can all it that, I’ll be stuck on a Guatemalan bus for at least half of that watching bad American action movies in Spanish…. so I’m on my way back to the US for a few days to see my family, friends and do a much-needed resupply before the journey continues <3