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One Misty Monday Morning we Found Guatemala

Livingston, Guatemala

Expecting a big crossing from Punta Gorda, Belize to Livingston, Guatemala, I was surprised to see land again within an hour and a half of raising anchor. However, it took several hours before we were within radio range and could call Raul in Livingston. On the recommendation of friends, we hired Raul to handle our entry to Guatemala.

Raul, answered promptly and within 5 minutes of anchoring in front of the town, all of the appropriate officals were on board, welcoming us to Guatemala. Once the boat was inspected, we went ashore with Raul and the officials in a launcha. The launcha driver promised to be available to take us back to our boat in about 1 to 1.5 hours. We went for lunch and Raul assured us that he would have our visa's prepared for us before Siesta.

The port captain walked us to the bank and we used our debit card to get Quertzals, the local money. There are 6.4 Q's to the Canadian dollar and over 8 Q to the US dollar. Fun!

We were really surprised to see all the cars in this town: there is no road into this place just the roads in town and for a few Miles out of town. Here you must come by boat or plane. Also, many goods and services are available. It really is a busy, busy spot, where people, golf carts, tuk tuk taxi's, dogs, people and bicycles all share the roadway!

Raul was good to his word and by 1:30 p.m. we were on our way up the Rio. This was a record for the shortest clear in procedure ever! Thank You, Raul!

permalink written by  bobandglennda on March 20, 2009 from Livingston, Guatemala
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Bob and Glennda are sailing their Irwin 37' Sloop from Charlotte Harbor,Florida to the Rio Dolce,Guatemala looking for adventure and a way to help others as they travel.

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