THINGS TO DO
Majestic Riverboat TOUR OF THE RIO
Rent a Lancha, Cabin Cruiser, or even a Kayak and do a Day Tour of the Rio Dulce.
You can also take a Lancha from Hotel Backpackers 2 hours down the Rio Dulce and through the majestic Canyon into the funky Garifuna town of Livingston for a lovely afternoon of shopping & sight-seeing. Unlike the rest of Guatemala, this colorful little place has a very Belizean vibe and is a great place to stop for lunch and shopping. The change in light from morning to evening causes a fresh experience when you return through the Canyon. Youwill gain a whole new perspective of the grandness of the El Golfete and appreciation of the lush tropical jungle views as you boat back to Rio Dulce.
Paddle Boarding, Jet Skiing &other Water Sports
Whether youíre in the mood for a tranquil ride on a Paddle Board down the Rio Dulce, or prefer to catch some speed Water Skiing or Jet Skiing in Lake Izabal, there is no shortage of fun to be had.
You can make a day of it by Paddle Boarding to the Castillo San Felipe fort or riding your skis all day, stopping only for lunch at one of the Riverside Restaurants.
Humanitarian visit: Tour of Casa Guatemala
Started in 1977 by a Canadian couple seeking to give refuge to the malnourished, orphaned and abused children during the brutal civil war, Casa Guatemala continues their efforts to this day. The mission of the organization to provide a safe home, nurturing, health care and an education for the children of Guatemala who are abused, abandoned, malnourished, or living in extreme poverty.
Over 300 children are served and loved each day, including the many
children from the surrounding Mayan villages who are given the opportunity
to receive an education at the school. Many of the children who have
grown up within Casa Guatemala environment have successfully transitioned
into High School and University. They also gain work, financial budgeting
skills & business experience while working at the various enterprises,
such as Hotel Backpackers and a local market in town, both of which
sustain the orphanage when donations are scarce.
Visit the boys & girls dormitories, the medical clinic, and the ďMess HallĒ where the children enjoy their daily meals. You be taken on a stroll of the grounds to see the massive organic gardens, the Tilapia farm, Hydroponic Greenhouse, and the facility which houses the swine which are raised for meat.
Be sure to wear appropriate foot wear for jungle conditions, as you will be walking quite a bit, and donít forget your mosquito repellent and water to drink. After you spend some time getting to know the volunteers and the children, and witnessing all of the hard work that goes into sustaining Casa Guatemala, you will enjoy a lovely lancha ride back and hopefully have had a profound and enriching experience.