Guatemala
Río Blanco

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  • Day11

    Livingston

    November 8, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Leider hielt unsere Pechsträhne auch gestern auf dem Weg nach Livingston zunächst weiter an: Eigentlich hatten wir geplant mit einem Umstieg innerhalb von 5 Stunden in Río Dulce anzukommen und von dort noch eine Bootstour über den Lago Izabál zu machen, die in Livingston endet. Da jedoch über all Straßenarbeiten stattfanden, konnten wir uns den Bus nach Río Dulce bereits nach der ersten vier- statt zweistündigen Busfahrt schenken und haben uns für die weniger touristischere Route nach Puerto Barrios entschieden. Als wir dann auch bei der zweiten Busfahrt fast 1,5 mal so lange gebraucht haben wie vorgesehen, war es jedoch bereits dunkel und es hieß eigentlich, dass ab 5:30 pm keine Lanchas (Boote) mehr nach Livingston fahren. Wir hatten jetzt aber auch mal Glück und sind zusammen mit zwei Einheimischen doch noch in einem Boot ohne Licht im Dunkeln nach drüben gefahren worden.
    Livingston ist eine kleine guatemaltekische, karibische Küstenstadt, in der sich die Kulturen der Mayas, Kreolen und Garifuna (Einwohner mit afrikanischen Wurzeln) treffen. Alles ist bunt bemalt, die Atmosphäre mit viel Reggaemusik durchaus entspannt und das Essen mit frischem Fisch und Garnelen lecker! Obwohl wir fast Dauerregen hatten, hat uns das auch dank unserer Terrasse mit Meerblick überhaupt nicht gestört. Leicht verstörend war heute Abend die Veranstaltung einer evangelikalen Sekte auf dem Dorfplatz, bei der erst ein normales Konzert stattfand und später ein verrückter Prediger in ziemlich gruseliger Sprache die Gläubigen angerufen hat, was auch immer zu tun und zu glauben...auch der traditionelle einheimische Schnaps aus Kräutern, der angeblich Heilkräfte haben soll, hat definitiv bleibenden negativen Eindruck hinterlassen. Das Highlight hingegen war unser Abendessen in einem von einer NGO geführten Restaurant, bei dem die Erlöse in lokale Entwicklungsprojekte fließen und zu besserer Bildung und Ausbildung v.a. der weiblichen indigenen Bevölkerung beitragen und wo Azubis sich zum ersten Mal an realen Gästen versuchen können.
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  • Day12

    Lívingston

    March 11, 2016 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    After being escorted by the hostel dog to the migration office on the morning, I had a nice long walk along the beach to some waterfalls, called the “siete altares“. Since it is dry season, it was rather a river, but still very beautiful. I went there with a pretty annoying Indian - nobody bothers if you want to enjoy the walk, but it's really not necessary to stop everytime you see a crane and to take one hundred completely equal pictures, nor meditating in the river.
    In the afternoon I had to pack up all the clothes I had washed (I never imagined that hand washing was so hard) and played with the puppies.
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  • Day11

    Livingston, Guatemala

    December 27, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Where the Rio Dulce meets the sea lies the town of Livingston - only accessible by boat, a 45 minute ride from where we ported. We hopped off here to take a walk through the town and see how the locals lived - with all credit to Tui, the whole day felt more G Adventures than cruise ship excursion which was a pleasant change.

    The town, filled with tuk-tuks and colourfully decorated walls, retained much local authenticity rather than a tourist trap. Women washed their clothes at a communal stone wash-house, chickens roamed the gardens and local whizzed by in all manner of wheeled transport. The side streets weren't especially clean but the route through the main street and over to the bay was an interesting walk, ending at beach which used to be the main port for the region - ships would anchor off shore and supplies from neighbouring countries would be brought in by small craft.

    At the harbour, we jumped back in our boat and sped along the coastline back to the ship, passing again the flocks of pelicans that hovered around the little fishing boats.
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  • Day225

    A Taste of Livingston

    March 14, 2016 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Upon arriving back in Guatemala we were again greeted with colours and noise and many street vendors selling delicious food and all kinds of other things as well - this sort of bustle just wasn't part of our experience in Belize. Livingston does have a large Garifuna population as well, though, so the multiculturalism we had encountered in southern Belize was still apparent in this little enclave of Guatemala. We met a British expat Chris on the boat ride from PG to Livingston and he invited us to camp at his hostel, Casa de la Iguana for the night. We set up our tent on the grass among the bamboo cabanas and had a relaxing afternoon lounging and working on some gear repairs. We bought some cheap empanadas for dinner (yay to the return to inexpensive street food!) and almost bought a kitten instead of an onion for a change. The next day we enjoyed riding through town and along the beach to Los Siete Altares, although the site wasn't as impressive in the dry season as you could imagine it would be when the river is actually flowing. The ride along the beach past fishermen and pelicans at work in the shallow water made for an enjoyable morning outing though.Read more

  • Day21

    Livingston

    January 17, 2017 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    At the end of the boat ride down the Rio Dulce I arrived in Livingston. Livingston is a Garifuna town unconnected by road from the rest on the country. Garifuna people were brought to America as slaves but revolted and lived independently along the Caribbean Coast.
    The town felt a little run-down but still had its charme.
    I stayed in a hammock at Casa de la Iguana - a party hostel run by some nice people who engaged the party atmosphere by promoting drinking games and the "guifiti challenge". Guifiti is rum infused with herbs and the challenge was to drink 4 shots in a row. After you have mastered the challenge you can raise the number behind your country on a board. The number behind Germany was 99. But i figured there are enough crazy drinking germans traveling that will raise the number over 100. I think it's a nice place if you wanna party but to me it felt a little overdone.
    The hostel was also organizing some tours to beaches and other spots in the area but I decided to explore by myself. I took the walk to the nearby waterfalls Los Siete Altares which took me through the whole town and along the beach. The beach here was not to beautiful but nice to walk along in the water. The water was pretty warm but every now and then there were little rivers with fresh water running into the ocean and then suddenly the water would be really cold.
    Los Siete Altares was a series of waterfalls and pools which you climb up from the lowest pool just before the river connects to the ocean. It was nice to be there completely by my self but I was still happy when I met a couple with their little daughter at the highest pool as the guy showed my where to climb up here to jump down from the last waterfall.
    After I had made it back to the hostel a nice surprise was waiting for me: Sandy, Courtney and Peter who were with me on the adventure road trip through Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize had just arrived. It was great meeting them again and catch up about what we had done since we last met.
    Later that night a Garifuna Band was performing at the hostel playing some traditional drum rhythms. Again it was nice till it got a little to much when they made people come in the center one by one dancing in front of everybody. But it was still a nice night and we danced quite a lot.
    The next day I took another Lancha across the bay to Puerto Barrios to catch a bus from there to Guatemala City.
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