Rio Dulce

Our location at “Bruno’s“ in Rio Dulce turned out to be an excellent one. Rio Dulce is considered the safest harbor in the Caribbean, and some boaters and sailors always met at the bar. Gradually, more “over-landers” also arrived, and we were able to exchange lots of information.

We took a beautiful boat trip past the coastal city of Livingston along a very wide river whose banks are bordered with thick tropical forests and Indian- settlements. It felt almost as if we were on the Amazon. The Garifuna settlement of Livingston was great, especially for the children; they could swim in the shallow water of the Caribbean and then play with local children at the big playground. In Rio Dulce, we looked around for new clothes for the children and discovered that clothing donations from the USA were sold all over. The clothing is in such good shape that we didn’t have to buy new clothes.

Here are some private pictures.

When we returned from our excursion to Livingston, we were absolutely amazed to see the campers of the Canadian couplesMary-Jane & Lloyd und Phyllis & Freeman parked near our Bremach – we had met in Cholula, Mexico, and hadn’t seen one another since then. They were also fleeing from the rain and were very enthusiastic about our plan to avoid Honduras as much as possible. We hadn’t heard anything much good about the stretch along which we had planned to drive through Honduras, but lots of good things about El Salvador. Since New Year’s was approaching and we had had enough of all the rain, we decided rather spontaneously to drive westwards and spend New Year’s Eve on a beach along the Pacific. Along ever narrower roads, we headed through a ragged mountain landscape towards the good weather and the quiet village of Anguiatu with the border crossing located there.

Our time in Guatemala was over already. We didn’t see much of the country, but what we did see was a very positive surprise for us. The people seemed to be very friendly, we were always greeted very heartily and openly, and we never had the feeling that we were unwelcome or out of place there. The road system was surprisingly well developed (which is also due to the financial support of the EU), and the places for visitors to spend the night which we had used were very pleasant. We never felt unsafe and never met anyone who talked about bad experiences there. If we didn’t slowly feel pulled towards South America, we would certainly have spent several days more in the Guatemalan highlands.

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