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Livin' da Livingston

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An April 2004 trip to Livingston by Vicho

Livingstons Ethnic Mix Photo, Livingston, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: Located in the river delta of the Rio Dulce on the coast of the Caribbean Sea is a conserved city of contrasts. Livingston’s inhabitants are a mixture of Mayas, Garifunas (Afro-Caribbeans), and whites, trying to escape the modern world. Don’t miss it!

Livin' da Livingston

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Overview

Livingston's Ethnic Mix Photo, Livingston, Guatemala
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It is really hard to tell what the highlights of this place are. Its atmosphere, its people, its language...just come and live it. Everyone here is unique. Among the mixture of locals you can’t miss is the Rasta known as the Lobster, with his natty dreads and unbelievable lifestyle. If you fancy a bit of proper tourism, then join in the local guided tour, which includes a canoe ride for a pleasant half of the day. Quick Tips: If you are ...Read More

Africa Palace

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Hotel

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There will be any number of people waiting to greet you as soon as you step off of the ferry-pick the least pushy-looking one, and they will help you to find a place to stay within your price range. Your guide will lead you around, pointing out numerous cheap places to sleep, eat, and visit. They won’t give you any street names (that is because there aren’t any), but don’t worry, as Livingston is really easy to walk around, and you will soon find everything even without street names. If you want to get something really cheap, you must try to look poor, make sure that you specify your requirements, and insist on your price-if you stick to it you will get it! I stayed in Africa Palace f...Read More

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Africa Palace

Livingston, Guatemala

Tapado

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Restaurant

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Whatever you do, while you are staying in Livingston, make sure that you don’t miss out on trying the delicious local seafood specialty known as tapado!!! I decided to try mine in the restaurant opposite the Rasta Bar (it’s on the main street, between the African Palace and the port). A massive plate arrived at my table filled with all manner of tasty-looking morsels floating in a sumptuous white sauce. The aroma of sweet-smelling fish was overwhelming and whetted my appetite for the first taste-and that taste was out of this world, like nothing I have ever tasted before. Falling somewhere between sweet and seafood, it was a truly unique culinary experience. I quickly lapped it u...Read More

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Tapado

Livingston, Guatemala

Guided Tour of the Town

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Attraction

Guided Tour of the Town Photo, Livingston, Guatemala
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This tour will take you through the back streets of Livingston as your guide points out the many curious sights and explains their cultural significance. Leaving from the meeting point, your first stop will be at the local church, where you can see an exquisite statue showing representatives of all the different ethnic groups of the region offering up their prayers to the same god, and they really all do turn up on Sundays for morning worship. Outside is the local cemetery, where the gravestones have bright colours to bring good luck to the dead (note that none of them are...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2004

Guided Tour of the Town
Throughout Livingston
Livingston, Guatemala

The Lobster: Living Legend of Livingston

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Story/Tip

The Lobster Photo, Livingston, Guatemala
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The highlight of my visit to Livingston was meeting a local Rasta known as the Lobster. He was the man who took me to my hostel and helped me to haggle for the best price. He kept saying that in his place, I would pay less and have gorgeous garden with the birds waking me up...hmmm. I really did not fancy the idea of living "a bit far from the town" in the forest with Rasta, but I accepted his invitation for dinner, and it was the greatest decision of my life… ...Read More

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Vicho

Vicho
Leicester, United Kingdom

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