Rio Dulce Journals

Rush Hour in Río Dulce

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A May 2007 trip to Rio Dulce by Jose Kevo

The Daily Commute Photo, Rio Dulce, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: Slogging through humidity didn’t seem to dampen this busy intersection where vehicles, boats and pedestrians circulate with more vigor than the sultry coastal air.

Rush Hour in Río Dulce

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Overview

Harbor Vistas Photo, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Positioned as the eastern crossroads of Guatemala, Río Dulce turned-out to be one of those unexpected pleasures that the unsuspecting traveler could never adequately strategize or foresee. The small port-side outpost might be miles inland from the Caribbean coast but water also plays a significant part to the junction function.The town evolved on a narrow channel that acts as mouth to Lago de Izabal; the country’s largest lake. The span is now connected by Puente Fronteras; ‘Bridge of Borders’, which is supposedly the longest of its type in all of Central America. Notoriety comes from the town’s namesake; the Río Dulce, which flows into the nearby Caribbean. ...Read More

Hotel Posada del Río

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Hotel

The Single Room Photo, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Exiting bus where the bridge funnels into main street, I looked north towards the river and saw the sign for Hotel Posada del Río. Recognizing name from this website, it made sense to start here for scouting accommodations. The short walk felt like sluggish miles thanks to the opaque coastal humidity that had already subdued any relevance or common sense. I was obviously restless, listless, and just ready to be settled! Owner lives on the lower level and was eager to have a mid-week guest. On the upper floor there are three rooms with two twin beds and private bath costing Q150/$20; a triple f...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 1, 2008

Bruno's Hotel and Marina

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Hotel | "Bruno's"

Bruno's Hotel and Marina Photo, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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For the unacclimated traveler that finds Río Dulce just a bit too Guatemalan, Bruno’s is the place for you! This jack of all services has been the driving force of tourism in the region. Growing competition has kept them from cornering the market, but they’ve certainly cornered the harbor with prime location.While I had no intention of paying double or triple their accommodation rates (especially considering Bruno’s is on opposite side of the bridge from where I stayed, and certainly not exempt from in...Read More

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Bruno's Hotel and Marina
On the Rio Dulce
Fronteras, Livingston, Izabal

Antojitos

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Restaurant

More than a Mouthful! Photo, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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"Small whims"; that’s the translation for Antojitos, and I wouldn’t realize until later that almost every local eatery in Guatemala appears to go by this as a name. Hence, my first dining opportunity in the country qualifies equally as an experience and review.Arriving in Río Dulce shortly after noon, I’d left Copán, Honduras that morning at 6:00am, and had barely even snacked on whatever roving vendors where hawking at every bus stop. With family-ran restaurants on either side of Hotel Posada del Río, I asked the owner which one she’d recommend. Without hesitation, she all but scoot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2008

Local Markets

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Attraction

Spit and a Shine Photo, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Considering Río Dulce’s position as the crossroads for eastern Guatemala, the town also doubles as outpost for this entire region. What I wasn’t expecting were the tremendous amounts of trade and commerce in one of the most chaotic and unique settings ever experienced!Bridge over the river funnels into main street which also doubles as an outdoor extravaganza from sun-up ‘til sun-down. Heavy traffic all but came to a standstill at times thanks to swarms of locals freely circulating amidst daily activities. I was amazed how people took little to no caution while walking through traffic; hypnotized by impulse towards all that awaited. Not that there’s any types of sidewalks for safe pass...Read More

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Parque Malecón

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Attraction

La Lavandería Photo, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Initial explorations had already quickly scouted territory under the bridge as it trailed off towards the river. Nothing had overly registered until a self-confined captive at Bruno’s included this area on a mindless list of places to avoid for safety reasons. Immediately, curiosity had me wondering what I’d overlooked? Apparently, the fact that enjoying moments of leisure are perceived as a threat!For all the hustle and bustle of main street Río Dulce, this shaded section of recreational space is where local people escape to catch their breath from cool breezes coming off the river. Unlike most towns which have a Parque Central where residents congregate, this rendition was all the mo...Read More

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Río Dulce Boat Tours

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Attraction

The Water Gardens Photo, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Recommending this as an alternative transportation measure for reaching Livingston and Guatemala’s Caribbean coast is one thing. Expecting this to be anything more than a hot joyride quite the other! Whether to justify fares or to increase tourism, these waterway connections are packaged like excursions. A list of enticing sites and stops along the way made the adventure sound quite worthy of the $10, one-way ticket. Keep an open-mind, and it might be.Departure got off to a rough start when crossing river to pick-up passengers at Hotel Backpackers. When guests were nowhere to be found, it became evident they’d already been shuttled across the river and dropped-off at a differen...Read More

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About the Writer

Jose Kevo

Jose Kevo
Middle-of-Nowhere, Missouri