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Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce) Things to See and Do

The best thing to do in Río Dulce is make use of the surrounding nature. The jungle around Río Dulce is great for jungle walks and bird watching. You can also get on the water and hire kayaks from some of the hotels, plus you can rent jet skis and banana boats from Restaurante Bendición de Dios, by the lancha station.

If you fancy a drink and some entertainment the Los Pinchos bar on the high street has pool tables and many of the bars have particular happy hours which are a good time to meet other travelers and sailors. The Sundog Café is one of these and is also a good place to pick up info on renting bicycles, arranging tours and other local events that may be on.

Outside of Río Dulce, the Castillo de San Felipe is only 20 minutes from Río Dulce is, and you could go to Finca El Paraiso and its hot-spring waterfall (Catarata de Aguas Calientes) in a day-trip. Ask at your hotel for transport info or look for a microbus on the highstreet. A taxi to Finca El Paraiso would take about an hour and cost Q300/$37. On the shores of Lake Izabal is the Denny’s Beach resort, where you can have lunch and a cocktail, swim in the clear lake water, go kayaking or hire jet skis. If you’d like to take a day trip here from Río Dulce ask at your hotel or Bruno’s.

Livingston, although a destination in its own right, can also be done in a day. The boat trip goes through the pretty El Golfete, passing the impressive canyon, and stopping at Ak’ Tenamit and the hot-water pools.

The Hacienda Tijax has a great area for jungle trips and nature hikes. Through the rubber plantation you can follow nature trails and go bird watching, learn about medicinal trees, go horse-back riding, and take monkey and sunset walks.

Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the Río Dulce and Lake Izabal. It is very peaceful and a great place to spot around 300 species of birds. Nutria Lodge rents out kayaks and boats to explore the river, as does the Hacienda Tijax. And some hotels also run sport-fishing trips on Lake Izabal, where you can catch robalo, tilapia and mojarra.

By Joanne Sykes

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Jo is currently working as a freelance travel writer in Latin America. With degrees in...

09 Aug 2011

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