Dining Garifuna style.

Trip Start Feb 21, 2004
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Trip End Apr 26, 2004


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Flag of Guatemala  , Izabal,
Monday, March 29, 2004

From Flores, I boarded a minivan some 150km south to Rio Dulce, a small town near Guatemala's short stretch of Caribbean coastline. After departing the bus, I grabbed a boat to take me over the river to my hotel, Hacienda Tijax. This place was great! Small cabaņas, connected by duckboarding over the mangroves. After lunch I went on a medicine trail hike with a local character, Robert. This dude was pretty crazy. He told me that he'd crossed illegally into the US twice! The walk was interesting, and we saw a rubber plantation, as well as a great views over the lake. Arriving back at the Hacienda, I spent a good 2 hours soaking up the rays in the pool!

The next day I joined a small group so I could get a ride down river to Livingston, the Garifuna town on the coast. The boat ride was fantastic, passing an old fort used to protect the waterways from pirates, a bird sanctuary, some water lillies and some incredible cliffs lining the river. Like in Belize, I was greeted at the docks by a dude trying to sell me some weed, although he was a little more persistent. I soon lost him and found my way through the town to the beach, where I met another local who offered to take me to his house where he would prepare me a typical Garifuna lunch! The food, a dish including fried fish and plantain, was fantastic, and we all listened to some Garifuna music, which was like nothing I'd ever heard! It was great here, and I wish I could have stayed longer, but I had to get the last boat back to Rio Dulce. It was at this stage that I really wished I had a little more time for my trip, because only spending a few hours in this place really didn't do it any justice.
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