Rio Dulce

Today was another wet rainy day. The locals think it is very cold because the temperature is only in the 60’s. … I awoke early this morning and took a 7:30 boat from Puerto Barrios to Livingston. No surprise- the 30 minute ride was still cold and wet, but breakfast at Gaby’s was worth it. It basically amounted to an “everything” omelette served with bread, plantains, frijoles (refried beans), coffee and juice – all for about $3.
Despite the rain, I decided to take another 2 hour boat trip up the river through the canyon to the town of Rio Dulce, (named for the river.) The canyon was amazing with hundreds of tropical birds. Unfortunately about the time we excited the canyon on to the lake the skies opened up and the rain absolutely poured for the last hour of the trip. We had a tarp we tried to huddle beneath but it was useless. Eventually I started laughing out loud at the sheer absurdity of it all and soon many on the boat joined me. It was actually fun despite it all.
Lunch was another lingering affair at an expat restaurant – this time the Sandy Dog. I sat next to a young American couple and we chatted amiably for almost two hours while enjoying an amazing view of the harbor, a burger and several beers.
Afterwards I made my way out to Castillo de San Felipe an ancient Spanish fort overlooking the lake and the river.

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