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Rio Dulce

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Ranked #70 of 168 attractions in Guatemala
Type: Bodies of Water
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Omaha, Nebraska
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I spent 2 nights on the Rio Dulce, and likely won't be back. The town is dirty, over run with old sailing men who are looking for a good time with ANY woman. A local man threatened us when we told him his hostel was too dirty to sleep in (it was...the shower didn't work, there were fleas and ticks... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This could have been a great tour but the guide Emiglio was of little use throughout. Booked online we ended up with GO WITH GUS tours. A high speed boat trip to Livingston, a toilet break, and then on to a small community school where the children and staff came out of class to interact with us. Very touching and... More

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Charlottetown, PEI
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We were on a Gate1 tour and travelled from Flores first to visit the charming San Felipe Castillo at the mouth of the river and then upstream to Livingston and on to Puerto Barrios. The entire trip was approximately 4 hours (including a stop for lunch). Lots of birds and beautiful scenery along the way. We were fortunate to see... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Gorgeous. So peaceful. Stay at one of the places around the lake & book ahead. You have to get a water taxi when you arrive. If coming on the bus, head back towards the bridge, right hand side & keep going to the boat dock, about 5 mins. The town of rio Dulce is a dump! Take the round trip... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We travelled along the Rio Dulce canyon by boat to reach Livingston. It was a great trip as we saw many beautiful birds( the guide knew all the names) and animals -including turtles and iguanas basking in the sunshine. At one point it was quite daunting as the canyon walls were so steep. On route we stopped at a lakeside... More

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Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Booked the Rio Dulce Canyon /Ak-Tenamit / Livingston tour through HAPPY FISH TRAVEL AGENCY. We were met right on the docks where our ship had just moored. We were soon on the boat. A very pleasant boat trip on the Rio Dulce where we arrived at the Ak'tenamit project which is a school for the Maya Queqchi Children. Did not... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We took a shore excursion through Holland American during the month of March, 2013. We were very disappointed in our tour of the Ak-Tenamit Village. Very little on the excursion actually happened that the shore excursion claimed. We were not met by the community people with music on arrival at the village. The village included the school which was not... More

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Anaheim Hills, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We booked an excursion through our cruise line from our dock in Santo Tomas up the Rio Dulce River. We went by Panga to a wonderful school for indigenous children carved out of the jungle along the river. On the way there is lot to see in the jungle and on the water. At the school, you see the class... More

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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92 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

There's nothing special about Rio Dulce itself. You can spend the night before you take a trip down the river of the same name to Livingston, or go see Castillo San Felipe from here, but honestly? You're in Guatemala to see the sites. Rio Dulce isn't as "authentic" a place as Livingston or Puerto Barrios. I got the impression that... More

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Kitchener, Canada
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I am referring to the town of rio dulce, not just the river. the river is wonderful, and if you have time I highly recommend the tours that are available from the town. livingston I found to be just another dirty port town, this spot was much nicer, and safer. I stayed at a lodge on the river, owned by... More

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