Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rio Dulce, Guatemala

We left Utila, Honduras in the Bay of Islands for the over night sail to the Rio Dulce. Actually mostly a big motor as wind was almost nonexistent. We  arrived in Livingston right at low tide. Fortunately we only draw 4 feet so no problemo! Most monos are not so lucky and a couple had to wait for the rising tide. Others that draw more than 6 feet choose to wait for the next full moon when they get an extra 2 feet on the high tide. We checked in at Livingston in a driving rain storm. First rain we have seen in 6 weeks. Unfortunately it rained so hard I have no pictures of Livingston. After clearing out we headed into the gorge.

 Local lanchero going up the river
 nice shot of the gorge
 fishermen using hand lines in cayucos as they have done for eons.
 Main Street Fronteras(Rio Dulce). A very hectic and sensory over load when we first arrived.
 The local vegetable market. Although, today we bought some meat and veggies from the orphanage here on the river. They come by in a boat and sell to the marinas. The kids raise most of the produce and pigs and chickens. The quality is very high.

 View down river from the bridge

This tree was covered in orchids. Hopefully they will bloom before the time to leave approaches.


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