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Livingston is a small town located where the Rio Dulce empties into the Atlantic Ocean at the Bay of Amatique. Historically isolated, Livingston is becoming an important visitor destination as travelers journey there to relax, dance and soak up a Caribbean vibe.


The inhabitants of Livingston are the descendents of escaped slaves and natives of the Lesser Antilles, who made their way to parts of the Central America coast by means of the Bay Islands in Honduras. They honor their slave heritage with the wanaragua or John Kunnu dance, in which dancers clad in ornate costumes and white masks make fun of slaveholders. The wanaragua festival takes place around Christmas and in early January.


Livingston’s greatest natural attraction is Los Siete Altares, or “the seven altars.” It is a series of waterfalls and pools along a small river through a lush forest.  They are located about an hour’s walk from town along the beach to the north. 

Neighborhoods in Livingston: Pedestrian Area,

Other places nearby Livingston: Chiquimula, El Castillo De San Felipe, El Estor, Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce), Estanzuela, Río Lámpara , Lake Izabal, Quiriguá, Esquipulas and Jalapa.

21 Nov 2006

Things to do in Livingston

Exotic Travel Agency Nature & Adventure Tours

112050The "Ecological Tour" This tour walks you through the town of Livingston, up to the lookout point and then on to a small Garifuna village. We then go to Rio Quehueche, where you will travel along ...
Cultural Tour
Livingston, Guatemala

Rio Dulce Tour

112358The Tour begins in Livingston at 9:30 am. This trip of the river is organized with Exotic Travel Agency. The boat costs $ 12.00 per person one way and you visit The Canyon, Tatin River, Ak'Tenamit ...
National Park
Livingston, Guatemala

Tour Siete Rios

Hotel and tour operator Rios Tropicales offers trips along the seven rivers that flow into the Río Dulce. Travel by kayak and explore the biodiversity and local communities. ...
Adventure Tour
Livingston, Guatemala

Ak’ Tenamit

140141 Set up in 1992, this non-profit organization provides basic health care, vocational training and community solutions for the indigenous Q’eqchi Maya in and around the rain forest in eastern ...
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Livingston, Guatemala

Los Siete Altares

141181 Even farther round the coast from Hotel Ecológico Salvador Gaviota, passed Playa Quehueche, five kilometers (3 miles) west of the town center, are the very impressive set of waterfalls called ...
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Livingston, Guatemala


141183 Despite being on the Caribbean coast, the beaches in Livingston are not the greatest. They are quite narrow and a poor gray color so you will need to take tour to Playa Blanca, Punta Manabique or ...
Livingston, Guatemala


141186 There are some souvenir shops on the main street. A shop next to the Restaurant El Malecón, up the hill from the dock, sells souvenir clothes, textiles, beads, hats etc. There are also stalls ...
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Livingston, Guatemala

Zapotillo Cayes

141188 If you have a day to spare while in Livingston, but not the time to go to Belize itself, a trip to the Zapotillo Cayes, part of the Belize barrier Reef, is well worth the money ($50 plus $10 ...
Livingston, Guatemala

Río Sarstún

Serving as the natural border between Guatemala and Belize, Río Sarstun is a nationally protected area managed by FUNDAECO, an environmental NGO, and home to a number of local families, a ...
Livingston, Guatemala
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