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“Beautiful Boat Rides; and a nice place to stay”
Review of Rio Dulce

Rio Dulce
Ranked #87 of 353 things to do in Guatemala
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

We stayed at the Hotelito Perdido on the Lampara River, just a couple of hundred yards off the main river, and this proved to be a really good base for exploring the river. We spent one morning kayaking around the vast network of lagoons that form part of the sanctuary for manatees and other wildlife; and on another day we kayaked up the Lampara to the end and walked from there to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. We were about seven kilometres upstream from Livingstone. The boat rides from roughly where we were to Livingstone, though the gorges, are great--absolutely beautiful scenery.

Livingstone itself strikes me as a dump and very unpleasant, with drunks out and about from about 10am onwards. Guidebook writers tend to find this sort of thing 'authentic,' bless their pointed little heads. Rio Dulce, on the other hand, is treated very dismissively. I can't imagine why. It has a lively main street with market stalls, a striking bridge spanning the river, and some lovely properties up and down near by. I don't know anything about where one would stay there, but I'd rather stay there than in Livingstone any day.

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Reviewed January 13, 2012

We were traveling with my boyfriend from Rio Dulce to Livingstone. The boat trip was stunning we could watch the virgin forest around the river, the animals living there and beautiful birds. Along the river you can visit some nice places like manglars, little towns in the river borders and sulfur waters. Definitely worth it. You can hire a boat for Q125 per person and go everywhere you want between Rio Dulce and Livingston

5  Thank wenditaws
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

It was a very nice sailing to Livingston (and back) on the Rio Dulce. The view was gorgeous. In some portions of the river the walls are very steep and impressing. The water flowers with birds walking on the tiny leaves on the water, the green landscape of the forest that is covering the rocks, the many and different birds you see on the way - all these provide a very enjoyable and definetly worth attraction. We make a stop in Ak Tenamit and visited this very important social project for the education of the locals. Don't miss it!

4  Thank Adomvatik
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

No comforts of home here, dirty, smelly and expensive if you are a tourist. Don't even bother going to Livingston. Its dangerous, filthy and there is NOTHING to do there, except take a very long 2 hour boat ride there.

6  Thank BellaFella82
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Reviewed January 9, 2010

Definitely DO NOT book anything through the cruise line. Once you get off the port all of the tour vendors are located in the entrance hall and basically you should book with whomever gives you the best deal. We booked with Go with Gus for 45/person. We heard some people paid 35/person. No matter who you book with you get on a community speed boat with a random guide not associated with your tour company and go on the tour, You spend a go amount on time on the boat. Our guide was very so so but nice enough. We went to this random convience store/tortilla demonstration where Gus was actually hanging out. Once we got to the hot springs we refrained because the hygiene was sketch. There is also this narrow cave they recommend if you can get a flashlight, once again do not wear flip flops as there is some hiking and it can get slippery. Overall a so so tour but better then the walls that allegedly don't have much water. Finally you end up in Livingston which is a very poor sad little town with some tourist traps etc.

8  Thank jerseygirl30
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