It’s been a crazy couple of days. I’ve taken care of business in Antigua. The hotel (La Posada Merced) is much brighter than I remembered and I know everyone is going to love it. More on that later. Now with the business out of the way and the group not coming for a couple of weeks, I thought I’d hop a bus to Rio Dulce and spend a few days chillin’ on the river. I’ve never been there so the idea is quite exciting.
I picked Hacienda Tijax–the ‘x’ is soft in the gentle Mayan way based on a recommendation from Gerlinde who runs Posada la Merced.Great recommendation! $21 USD a night for a beautiful little cabin-shared bath on a small creek and a swimming pool!. No bugs to speak of–there were mosquito nets over the beds if that became an issue.
So–what to do in Rio Dulce? Well you can take the boat downriver $200Q if you go from the hotel–I suspect less if you go from the public dock across the river–will get you down to Livingston and back. Plan for an all day trip. It’s kind of a tour–the Captain will point out a few things as you go but really it’s the public bus. I think the 20 minutes we stopped at some hot springs on the way was not how the locals on board were planning to spend their day.
What a great day! Drifting through mangrove swamps and patches of lilly pads in the backwaters of Rio Dulce on the way to Livingston. One hour further on in a launcha, you’d come to Punta Gorda in Belize–which is exactly what Brian and Elly from Conneticut were doing. Their boat was moored up in Placencia for repairs and they’d driven down to Punta Gorda , and hopped a launcha to spend a few days playing around in Giatemala.