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Things to Do
We rent kayaks and wooden cayucos, have a BBQ area, there is dock to swim from, beautiful tropical gardens, communal house with hammocks to relax in, games to play and good books to read.
If you'd like to improve your Spanish skills we can offer you private language classes, if you like Yoga, there is enough space on our dock and if you're feeling active our guides can take you on a variety of tours (min 2 people):
- 3-hour hike to Livingston (beautiful and unique trek starting in the community project Ak' Tenamit, passing through the Mayan Ceremonial Cave, local Q'eqchi village and ending with a boat ride through the Río Dulce Canyon)
- Mayan cleansing ceremony and swimming in the pools of Tigers Cave (2 hours)
- Short walk in the jungle starting in community project Ak' Tenamit and ending with a dip in the pools of Tigers Cave (2 hours)
- Kayak or boat tour to "Biotopo Chocon Machacas" Manatee Reserve — a particularly beautiful and also the most protected part of the National Park. A great possibility to see monkeys, toucans, parrots, etc (3 hours).
There are many activities that do not require a guide. There are several tributaries and mangroves to explore with great bird life (especially early in the mornings), a kayak trip to the waterfall at the end of Río Lampara, full-moon kayak escapade to the Hot Springs or kayaking through the Río Dulce Canyon. Also, you will be amazed by all the birds, plants and flowers you can find in our gardens.
We can arrange a private boat to take you almost anywhere you would like around the river: Waterfall Lampara, Ak' Tenamit, Cayo Quemad, Canyon Río Dulce, Livingston, the Hot Springs or wherever else...
If you'd like to bring your own group and set up a small workshop we will be happy to host it for you. Please contact us in advance to be assured of space and availability.
Attractions of the Area
The boat ride on the river Río Dulce to our lodge with the views of the Canyon and the Golfete is an unforgettable experience on its own. You can begin your trip on the Caribbean side, in Livingston or in the Río Dulce town (called Fronteras). El Hotelito Perdido makes a great stopover half way on this exceptional journey. Thanks to this prime location of our lodge you will have the best opportunity to explore the amazing Río Dulce area and its treasures.
If you are coming from Río Dulce town (Fronteras) you might visit a near by Finca Paraiso (a famous hot waterfall), the old Spanish fortress Castillo de San Felipe or a well known orphanage Casa Guatemala.
Continuing from the Río Dulce town towards Livingston you will be astonished by the beautiful nature and the highlights along the way:
- Bird Island habituated by hundreds of bird species
- Manatee Reserve called Biotopo Chocón Machacas (mangrove-lined lagoons connected by network of rivers, home to approximately 200 species of birds and over 50 different species of trees and the most protected part of the river)
- Cayo Quemado (collection of lagoons and smaller rivers known for its international community and Texan Bay Marina.)
- Hot Springs (sulphur springs coming out of the bank of Río Dulce and a cave with a "natural sauna" inside).
- Visitors Centre of Ak' Tenamit (a community development project supporting over 25 local villages (e.g. education, healthcare, sustainable development). The "Visitor Centre" is made into a beautiful park and it hosts a restaurant, school with 350 students and a shop with handmade souvenirs.
- Waterfall Lampara (a little waterfall at the end of Río Lampara, behind the waterfall, there are lots of small pools with fresh water to play in).
- Río Dulce Canyon: the last part of Río Dulce, just before Livingston (has 100 metres high breathtaking walls of limestone draped with jungle vegetation).
You will be able to visit these places by kayak from our lodge. Other popular activities in the area are hiking, bird watching, sailing and fishing.
Río Dulce is known as paradise for bird watchers. The best spot is on Río Tameja, a small subsidiary river next to our Río Lampara. The following species have been observed and listed by Denny and Nancy Baker who stayed on the river from 20th to 22nd February, 2011.
HERONS, EGRETS AND BITTERNS
Little Blue Heron
NEW WORLD VULTURES
GUANS, CHACHALACAS, CURASSOWS
TROGONS AND QUETZALS
Great Crested Flycatcher
MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS
CROWS AND JAYS
VIREOS AND ALLIES
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, GRACKLES, ETC.
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
Livingston with population of 12,000 is a multicultural town and a centre of cultural activity. It has a great ethnical mix of Garifunas, Latinos, and various groups of Indigenous Maya, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hindu origin people, all living peacefully. There is market, numerous small shops, medical clinic, bank, internet cafes, public phones, discotheque and a range of restaurants and hotels. Nearby Livingston there is a waterfall Siete Altares and two white sand Caribbean beaches called Playa Blanca and Playa Cocoli (accessible by boat).
Holidays in Livingston
Livingston is a great place to visit if you like to go out. It has a couple of lively discos which fill up with locals and tourists on the weekends and there are many colorful fiestas:
|1st of January: || The New Year celebration. On this day the streets of the town fill with the Yankunu dance (continued from the 31th December).|
|6th January: || Day of Kings Magos, celebrated with the commemorative mass and it is accompanied in the entire town by the Yankunu dance.|
|Easter (Semana Santa): || religious celebrations with allegorical processions. On Thursday and Good Friday you can watch a live show with scenes from life of Jesus. |
|15th May: || Day of Saint Isidor, the Patron of Agriculture celebrated with food competitions, procession and dances on the streets.|
|15th September: || Independence Day. From the night before, the streets are filled with colorful parades and music. |
|1st and 2nd November: || All Saints Day and Day of the Dead. Impressive celebrations at the cemeteries with music, dances, food stands etc.|
|12th December: || Pororo Party famous for Garifuna folks dressed in the indigenous Maya outfit and dancing in a pogo-like style.|
|25th December: || Christmas Day. The principal food is tamale. On this day the streets of the town fill with the Yankunu dance. |
|26th December: || Garifuna Day, the "don't miss" party in Livingston. The preparations start already a week before and it is celebrated with lots of dancing on the streets, local food, bands playing Punta music and joyful church celebrations. |
|24th–31st of December: || an official holiday in Livingston. It is celebrated with religious activities, sport competitions and cultural events. 28th December is the most important day with even more celebrations and lots of dancing on the street.|
|31st December: || New Year celebration with lots of colorful fireworks and the Yankunu dancing on the streets.|