Joe in Antigua (Jennifer Barile)
Long day today! We traveled from Antigua to Rio Dulce in a shuttle and then a first class bus. We watched movies (in Spanish/English) and napped along the way. When we arrived in Rio Dulce Town we were met by someone to take us to the Hacienda Tijax, our bungalow across the river. The Rio Dulce area is in eastern Guatemala, close to the Caribbean. The river runs out to the Caribbean Sea on one side, and feeds into Lake Izabal on the other. This is the largest lake in Guatemala. This area is hotter than the highlands, and you are really in the jungle here! There are mangroves, coconuts, turtles, birds, mosquitoes…Our bed had a mosquito net, so we didn’t have a problem with the mosquitoes in the room at all. When we went out though, I made sure I was covered in bug spray! Our bungalow was nice but very simple. The restaurant was good as well, and while you eat, you sit right over the river. If you’d like, you can take a canopy tour or take kayaks out on the river. There’s also a pool at the Hacienda, which is nice for cooling off after a hot day!
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