Our final two weeks of travelling began when we reached the Honduran Bay Islands, and spent two days and a night camping on this small, gorgeous, and completely undeveloped Carribean Island, called Water Caye.

Our final two weeks of travelling began when we reached the Honduran Bay Islands, and spent two days and a night camping on this small, gorgeous, and completely undeveloped Carribean Island, called Water Caye.

 

Not a bad place to sling a hammock.

Not a bad place to sling a hammock.

 

Sunrise beach on Water Caye.

 

More sunrise beach on Water Caye.

 

Sun-webbed blue ocean, just like in the postcards (but minus the resorts!).

 

Lacey's clowning aside, the snorkeling on Water Caye was otherworldly, with crystal-clear water and reefs that not only teemed with life but plunged dramatically into dark trenches hundreds of meters deep.

Lacey’s clowning aside, the snorkeling on Water Caye was otherworldly, with crystal-clear water and reefs that not only teemed with life but plunged dramatically into dark trenches hundreds of meters deep.

 

Although not technically in chronological order, I couldn't resist throwing in this picture of another Carribean beach we visited with my brother, in Belize several weeks before.

Although not technically in chronological order, I couldn’t resist throwing in this picture of another Carribean beach we visited with my brother, in Belize several weeks before.

 

The Carribean port town of La Ceiba, in Honduras.

The Carribean port town of La Ceiba, in Honduras.

 

And the Carribean port town of Livingston, in Guatemala. Getting here in a day from the Honduran Bay Islands meant waking up at 5 a.m., taking a boat, a taxi, three buses, a minibus, and another boat!

And the Carribean port town of Livingston, in Guatemala. Getting here in a day from the Honduran Bay Islands meant waking up at 5 a.m., taking a boat, a taxi, a bus, another taxi, two more buses, a minibus, and another boat!

 

After a night in Livingston, we took yet another boat up the jungle-cloaked Rio Dulce.

After a night in Livingston, we took yet another boat up the jungle-cloaked Rio Dulce.

 

Up the Rio Dulce.

 

We stayed in an amazing jungle guesthouse, reachable only by boat, and travelled by cayuga for a couple days (a cayuga is basically a Mayan dugout canoe), visiting small tributaries and even a riverside hot spring.

We stayed in an amazing jungle guesthouse, reachable only by boat, and travelled by cayuga for a couple days (a cayuga is basically a Mayan dugout canoe), visiting small tributaries and even a riverside hot spring.

 

Water lilies on the Rio Dulce.

 

Jungle meets river.

 

Palms on the water.

 

An old cayuga in the sun.

 

Also a great place for a catnap!

 

Traveling further upriver.

 

This boy in his cayuga had just caught a fish.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Final Travels in Central America, Part I – The Carribean and the Rio Dulce

  • February 24, 2008 at 10:24 am
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    HEY GUYS….Awesome Pics…you guys are great…you have just inspired me during my Sunday morning coffee break at LaVa! I will now try to plan an international trip, again…I just wish I could follow through like you guys!! Ethan will you use that pic with the sunglasses to model for American Eagle or Abercrombie…you stud!

    Cant wait to get another update and hope to see you soon!!!!!!

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  • February 25, 2008 at 9:29 am
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    These are incredible pictures!!! Such big lilies! Such a tired cat! Actually, I love how unusual that picture is – I would love to get prints of some of these. Also an amazing shot of the little boy in the canoe. Still remembering Guatemala fondly, and I’m missing you guys!! Can’t wait to read about China! !!!!!!

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