Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala
Ak-Tenamit People & the Garifuna Village of Livingston
Ecotour, Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 5 Hours
This outing is suited to guests who appreciate the efforts and work of a local community and are eager to learn more about the Ak-Tenamit people and their environment.
Your cultural experience begins when your guide greets you at the pier and assists you in boarding the boat for the river cruise to the Ak-Tenamit community. Heading up the Rio Dulce, you'll pass through some impressive canyons and into the Tatin River, where the Ak-Tenamit community is located.
Upon your arrival, the locals will welcome you. Follow them to their lands as they tell you about their community project and the ways in which it has changed their lives. Members of the community will be working on their handicrafts when you arrive, and traditional music will beckon you.
If you wish, head out along one of the surrounding trails for a hike before lunch. Enjoy a delicious meal at the community-owned restaurant, after which you will have time to browse at the impressive handicrafts store.
On the way back to the pier, you'll stop in the Garifuna (Black-Carib) town of Livingston, where the cultures of West Africa and the Caribbean collide and meld effortlessly. The people here are the descendants of shipwrecked slaves who married the local Carib Natives. Their laid-back, friendly and colorful culture is quite unique to this area.
After some free time, head back to the boat for the ride back to the ship.
Travel time is approximately 1½ hours each way. Wear comfortable clothing; bring sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses and hat.