Saturday, December 26, 2015

For our 22nd Anniversary

 In celebration of our 22nd wedding anniversary, John and I went to Rio Dulce, Guatemala.  It's a lovely area of Guatemala-- the perfect place to unplug.

On the drive, we stopped at little place to get something to eat.  When we asked for a menu, this is what we got.  John and I both smiled, and truly fell in love with the simplicity of it.
 This is what we ordered.  The food was pretty good.  The atmoshere was awesome.  Spending time together-- just the two of us-- was  amazing!
 Once our driver got us to the right dock, we were able to call for a lancha which is a water taxi motorboat.
 We happened to come during a busy time for Guatemala tourism-- just look at all the cars on the bridge.

We stayed at a place called Tortugal Hotel.  It was nice.  I accidentally booked a room with a shared bathroom which turned out to be okay, but they moved us to this little cabin the next day anyway.
It's funny how we have heard how dangerous Guatemala is because the one and only time we felt unsafe while there was at night when a drunk foreigner became belligerent after being told he would no longer be served drinks.

This is where we enjoyed fresh, free coffee in the morning and ate breakfast.
The hotel has this walkway that goes for about a half mile over the swampy area of their property.  Once you get to the end of the walkway you are in the jungle and there is a trail that leads to the main road into town.  When we were walking that trail one night, we saw our first firefly.  And then another.  And another.  It was so cool!
Here I am on the front dock admiring the beautiful scenery.  The evening before, John and I had swam to the floating dock you see on the right.  

We got to see Castillo de San Felipe de Lara.  It is a Spanish colonial fort at the entrance to Lake Izabal.
     After a couple of days at Tortugal, we headed down the Rio Dulce to our next stop Hotelito Perdido.  We really enjoyed our lancha ride there.
Instead of going straight to our destination, the driver of boat took us to different areas along the way.
There were so many lily pads along the banks of the smaller rivers that fed into the Rio Dulce.
It was very eye opening to see people living in the mangroves in their little houses built on stilts.
What a trip so far!


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