Livingston, Guatemala
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clock-o6 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Rather than just ticking off historical sights, gain insight into local culture during a shore excursion to Rio Dulce and a children’s school from Santo Tomas de Castilla. Ideal for first-time visitors with limited time, this tour combines nature, culture, and history: you’ll explore Rio Dulce Canyon by boat, interact with locals at a school; and take a walking tour of the city. Plus, port pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Let a guide take care of arranging activities, lunch, and transport
  • A great choice for families and first-time visitors
  • Port pickup and drop-off mean you don't have to worry about missing your cruise ship
  • Benefit from the local insight of a guide as you visit a school and town centre

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C
, May 2018

This was an amazing tour! We found them easily in the main marketplace. After a short boat ride, we visited Gus's restaurant/hotel for a quick snack, dipped our feet in the Hot Springs, went to a local place where we saw and tasted the tortillas that were being made, saw the local buildings/animals, and land along the river. Of course we went to the school to meet the children and teachers and to give them our gifts. We had an amazing lunch at Gus's restaurant and finished up with a short walking tour of Livingston to get back on the boat for the return trip to the cruise port. We got back in plenty of time to catch the cruise ship, but even to browse at the local marketplace. The people we met were all so friendly Highly recommend this trip!

M
, Mar 2018

Excellent itinerary. Superb guide.
Everyone extraordinarily helpful with assistance when needed.

L
, Feb 2018

Our tour guide, Israel, was fantastic!! His presentation, in very good English, was both extremely informing and entertaining. He is a credit to the company!! We enjoyed the various activities included in the tour as well as the delicious lunch.

L
, Feb 2018

Our tour guide, Israel, was fantastic!! His presentation, in very good English, was both extremely informing and entertaining. He is a credit to the company!! We enjoyed the various activities included in the tour as well as the delicious lunch.

D
, Dec 2016

We arrived via Norwegian Cruise Lines on December 22, 2017 and planned ahead to take the humanitarian tour up the Rio Dulce Canyon with Gus as our personal tour guide. We were treated with great appreciation and knew in advance that we wanted to bring toys, books, teaching materials, candy and so much more for the school visit on this trip. And we came with three fully loaded back-packs and more!

Stopping at Gus hotel before heading up the river, we were welcomed with local fruits and bottled waters, and to allow for a short rest stop. Along the way to where there was no electricity and no running water, we encountered a local fisherman, who Gus shared how he caught his bait and fish along the river, and explained how the local fisherman carve their own canoes/boats. The fisherman was very happy to share his pot of bait and sit alongside our boat as Gus walked the tour boat and explained how he caught fish and also sold both bait and what he caught that day. The hard life of living on the river shown in his face and hands and we watched him paddle away and go back to fishing as we moved back out onto the river.

The abundance of beauty was all around us. From the canyon walls, to the lush tropical greenery, to watching locals along the river, and the many villages that dotted the landscapes. Gus took the time to explain the families who live along the river and how the new-found tourism has been helping their local economy, including the local school for the children.

Each child was excited to see us visitors, as was the principle and teacher who were on site. My daughter taught the girls how to blow the bubbles we brought for them, and the boys were just as excited to receive whistles and gliders, as they all were with the simple candy, notebooks, pens, crayons, teachers books and training materials, and special Spanish language items we brought with us. It was most humbling to see how they appreciate the simple thing we take for granted in the U.S.

Back on our river boat, we ventured farther up the river to a small village where we met a woman making tamales in her open air kitchen using wood and a metal plate over a simple fire, which were the most delicious. This was a short stop to purchase small souvenirs from the local family as well as the young girls in their canoes selling bracelets, starfish, necklaces and other goods.

As we made it back to Posada El Delfin in Livingston, Gus made us feel at home at his hotel with a special prepared lunch of local cuisine from his own kitchens and the local shops around his hotel. Directly across the small street is an open air store making empanadas, where we had to take advantage of the opportunity to sample yet more of the local flavor.

Then it was time to take a walk through Livingston down to the dock area. Meeting locals along the way, sharing a smile even if we didnt speak the language, photographing the beautiful hand painted murals throughout the area, a handshake from an elderly woman who just admired us strangers and couldnt stop smiling, peeking through the alleys and seeing the laid back lifestyle of the locals, it was the crowning jewel of the trip.

This is one trip you simply do not want to miss. We highly recommend this for everyone, including families. There is no age limit that wont enjoy this trip. Please plan ahead and bring toys, books, candy and more for the local school children and the teachers. Everything you bring to them goes to use, no matter how small or large. Take some time and walk through Livingston, it will pull at your heart and invite you to come back! We are planning to take a trip to stay at Gus hotel and spend a week learning more about the language, the culture, the food and how we can give back to a county that welcomes us tourists with great appreciation. You will feel the same way after you take this tour!!


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