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Guatemala: Caribbean coast: Rio Dulce and Livingston

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Lying to the east of Guatemala City and connecting with the Caribbean coast is the Motagua Valley, which broadens into a steamy tropical floodplain carpeted with banana plantations. This less-visited region of Guatemala provides a very different aspect: an Afro-Caribbean culture focused on the genial garifuna settlement of Livingston, the cool clear waters of the country’s biggest lake, Izabal, and the tropical river Rio Dulce, which ploughs a furrow through an unbroken wall of dense rainforest. Rising from the lake’s mouth is the castle-like fort Castillo de San Felipe which protected this major transport artery from pirates in colonial times.

Our holidays to Caribbean coast: Rio Dulce and Livingston

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Guatemala and Honduras uncovered

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The Caribbean coast of Guatemala is worlds away from the traditional indian highlands. Tropical forests and rivers, a Spanish colonial fort, leisure boat marinas, floating restaurants and a real Caribbean feel dominate. Lake Izabal, a huge expanse of ethereal, silvery waters, is virtually unknown outside the country but I thought it was breathtaking.  

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