From the moment we arrived, we knew Guatemala was one of the most unique places we’d ever been. In this fifth installment in the Guatemala Series, see how unique Guatemala is, which started with our motorsail up the river from Livingston. Livingston is a port city at the mouth of the river. To get to Livingston from the Caribbean Sea, we had to cross a huge shifting sandbar. Livin’ Life and Slow Flight have a 5 foot draft and Vidorra is around 4 feet. So Bruce led the way and called out depth readings to us along the way. There were spots we barely cleared, but we all made it without bottoming out.
The river winds and twists through the jungle and slices right through a gorgeous canyon. It is truly one of the most amazing experiences we’ve had on the boat. Bruce shot the drone footage on our way out of the Rio.
We’ve seen thatched roofs before, but using palm fronds is a very common roofing method in Guatemala. The palm fronds are woven so tightly together that the rain does not seep through. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but we’ve now spent plenty of time under them to know it’s true. The buildings along the Rio ranged from tiny one room thatched homes to elaborate resorts and millionaire-type homes.