Mention Guatemala to a watersports enthusiast and the first place that comes to mind is Rio Dulce. Even though the river is only 42 km (26 miles) long, it attracts a great number of sailors and nature lovers from near and far.
With good reason! Crystal clear water, abundant tropical vegetation and hundreds of species of fascinating wildlife make the Rio Dulce a unique destination in Central America.
The Rio Dulce originates at the eastern shore of Lake Izabal, Guatemala's largest lake. Nearby is Castillo San Felipe de Lara, a restored Spanish fortress that was built in the 17th century to defend the Spanish settlements and trade posts against Caribbean pirates, who raided the area repeatedly.
Further downriver, the Rio Dulce widens to form El Golfete, where the river is up to 5 km (3 miles) wide. The Chacon Machacas Biotope is located here, and with a bit of luck you can see a manatee in its natural habitat.
At the lower third of its course the Rio Dulce flows through majestic canyons that are up to 120 m (400 ft) high. The river itself narrows to 100 m (300 ft) at its narrowest point.
By the town of Livingston the Rio Dulce ends it short course and empties into the Caribbean Sea. Livingston is Guatemala's only Garifuna community and is famous for its unique ambiance that reminds visitors more of the Caribbean than the rest of Latin America.
Sailing Tours on Rio Dulce
46' Polynesian Sailboat , a sailboat that has been operating in the waters of eastern Guatemala and southern Belize for several years, is ideal to explore this area since the shallow draft of a catamaran allows her to go to places where other boats can only dream of going.
The experienced crew of our sailboat will take you to all the best places and make your time on the boat truly unforgettable.
A boat tour of the Rio Dulce and Lake Izabal is a unique experience that you will remember for the rest of your life! Don't miss this great opportunity to see one of the most beautiful parts of Guatemala from an entirely different perspective!
Tour packages including a Rio Dulce tour on 46' Polynesian Sailboat :
- Guatemala by Land and River (10 days)
- Spend four days sailing the Rio Dulce on our sailboat , then continue to Tikal, Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan and Antigua.
- Guatemala and Honduras by Land and River (10 days)
- Visit Copan (Honduras), spend four days sailing the Rio Dulce on our sailboat , then continue to Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan and Antigua.
- Maya Guatemala and Sailing Rio Dulce (14 days)
- Spend four days on our sailboat and visit Tikal, Antigua, Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan.
- More tour packages ...