The coolest way to get from Belize to Guatemala!

I know I’ve already mentioned that I got from Belize to Guatemala by taking a little “lancha” (boat) from Punta Gorda, Belize, to Livingston, Guatemala. You pay your Belize exit tax in PG, and when you get to Guatemala, you have to get your passport stamped. I actually got to Guatemala at Puerto Barrios, because the boat from PG to Livingston is only a 2x per week thing. So, I got in the boat in Belize, sped past Livingston, went to Puerto Barrios, walked three blocks up the street to get my passport stamped, then got back in the boat to backtrack to Livingston. Anyway, that’s how you do it, unless it’s Tuesday or Friday if you want to go directly to Livingston from Belize.

So I spent two nights at Casa de la Iguana, explored Los Siete Altares, which turn out to be worth the trouble getting there down that nasty beach, but it’s a close one, and then I wanted to head to Rio Dulce. My goal was to get to Semuc Champey (more on that later), and apparently all the cool kids are going by boat from Livingston to Rio Dulce. So, you get in the boat, you speed across El Golfete (which eventually empties into Lago Izabal, Guatemala’s largest lake), you pass through a high-walled canyon, and then you get to see sights like this:

You also get to see people doing their daily chores and morning routines:

My favorite photo from the boat ride:

In about one hour or 1.5 hours you are in Rio Dulce. There’s nothing to do there, though my friend Elyse stayed at an awesome backpackers called Kangaroo there about a week after I went through the town. It was SO HOT the afternoon I was there in Rio Dulce. I bought something to drink to help me fight against the heat, and then I saw this beautiful sight:

I sat in the left chair for about 40 minutes. I did nothing and didn’t speak. I couldn’t do anything, thanks to the heat and humidity. It is amazing how quickly the minutes went by. It’s hard work cooling off.

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2 Comments on “The coolest way to get from Belize to Guatemala!”

  1. Eric May 19, 2011 at 20:27 #

    Marisa:
    Cool beans. Your stories are great. The photos are awesome and you are fantastic. I just caught up on everything. Wow. Eric

  2. Marisa LaValette May 21, 2011 at 18:52 #

    Thanks for reading!

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