This photograph was taken one serene day whilst we were traveling through Guatemala several years ago. In a public lancha – small motor boat; we cruised the beautiful Rio Dulce ‘Sweet River’. Starting from Lago Izabal, Guatemala’s largest lake, we made our way down the lazy river past canyons and tributaries. There was the Siete Altares ‘Seven Alters’, a nature reserve with waterfalls and turquoise pools; the El Boquerón Canyon where sheer limestone cliffs covered with jungle vines and moss rose 400 feet out of the river to the high mountain tops on either side; and Castillo De San Felipe the historic fort which was once used to defend the town from pirates. Water birds stood guard on the shoreline, lilypads lined the snaking estuaries and native Indians paddled past in their hollowed out canoes. Our final destination that day was the Caribbean town of Livingston, home to the Garifuna people of Guatemala where we dined on delicious Tapado and drank Coco Locos before we sailed back down the river as the sun fell in the sky.
It was definitely a little piece of serenity out on the water that day.