The day started with a walking tour of Livingston, Guatemala, a community on the Rio Dulce (river) surrounded by jungle.There is no road access here but quite a few cars. A lot more than Jacqueline remembers from past visits. The people are quite different than most other parts of Guatemala. Much darker skin and curly hair like other Caribbean countries.
In the not too distant past the native jungle community was not happy with outsiders and might use a machete to chop off an arm if you wandered on the beach. David said it was OK though because there had been no reports for several weeks . Seriously there has been a major program running for several years to bring education to the jungle dwellers. A school has been built in the jungle which has 600 students.( see images).
The children would come to school by canoe as you will see in pictures. Many of the students who went to this school were apprenticing in our hotel as servers or other jobs. After our walking tour we traveled again by boat to visit the jungle school. On the way up to the school Joan and Butch were lucky to see a two meter snake cross the path in front of them. A Yellow Head was also spotted earlier, a extremely dangerous snake with lethal bite.
After our visit to the school we stopped at a river side cafe and bar for food and a cerveza ( Gallo is the brand and it gets two thumbs up). Into the boat again for a tour through some subsidiaries to see where people live then on for about another half hour to our hotel for the night, Tijax Jungle Lodge. We each stay in individual cabins with the now popular bed netting. Bed netting is another Rotary supported project around the world. Tomorrow we start the day with a Howler Monkey sunrise kayak tour. Then another boat ride to the van for a 5 hour trip to Antigua.