The Sweetest River

Spending time on the Río Dulce is frequently a part of touring through Guatemala, so I obviously had to check it out. The river itself starts flowing from Lago Isabel and meanders approximately 25 miles east to the Caribbean Sea. The highlight of this region is best visited by taking a boat to/from the sea to the lake. The river winds through a canyon of beautiful limestone cliffs, connecting the two towns of interest in the region: Livingston, and Rio Dulce town. Livingston sits on the Caribbean coast and is defined by the Garífuna people that inhabit the village, which is not connected by road to the rest of Guatemala. Río Dulce town, which is at the eastern side of the lake, is the s

Traveling with Friends

I’ve been traveling solo for years now. My first trip without a travel companion was to Costa Rica, where I had signed up to do a volunteer project. Because I was part of a group, there was little alone time to speak of, and I never felt like I was traveling solo. However, navigating the start and end to the trip on my own at the age of 20 was a huge confidence boost that gave me the desire to take an even longer and more daring trip alone. Also, I got to know those other group members pretty well, and we bonded right from the start over the fact that we were on a remote beach with no electricity or hot water, a first for many of us! Since that point, I’ve been doing most of my traveling

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