Santo Tomas De Castilla Cruises, Guatemala
- You can make the most of Santo Tomas de Castilla’s natural side at Las Escobas – a glass-like river where waterfalls tumble into a tucked-away stream. As swimming spots go, this one’s up there with the best of them.
- Head into Puerto Barrios, and you can sniff out a bargain at La Pradera Mall. It reels off restaurants, clothing stores, and a games arcade in its repertoire, and you can reach it in five minutes by cab.
- Seafood is a popular part of the local diet here, and some of the best dishes can be found in the harbourside restaurants. A coconut seafood stew called tapado is one of the top picks, and shellfish ceviche and grilled shrimp are also worth a try.
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This tour’s a winner for water babies. First of all, you’ll hop on a boat which will whizz you along the shoreline. You’ll pass local fishermen, as well as lots of birds, including pelicans, as you get closer to the Posada El Delfin hotel. Here, you’ll be given a natural fruit energy drink so you can fuel up for kayaking along the Dulce River. Before you set off, you’ll visit the Dulce River Canyon. Crane your neck up at its 300-feet-high walls, smothered in tropical greenery – it’s easy to see why the original Tarzan movie was filmed here. Plus, you’ll hear all about this place’s pirate-chequered history. Once you reach the Tatin River, you’ll board your kayak. Paddle past the towering palms and mahogany trees that line its edge. Your destination is Livingston village, which was formed in 1735 by a group of Haitians. You’ll tuck into a well-deserved lunch here and, once you’ve eaten, you’ll be taken on a tour of the village.
On this tour, you’ll get to experience two of Guatemala’s best natural settings – the ocean and the rainforest. You’ll get things started by boarding a boat in the port, and setting off on a 20-minute journey complete with picture-perfect views of the Caribbean Sea. You’ll dock in the rainforest, at the start of a path which winds through it. Then as you complete your 20-minute hike through the wildlife-filled greenery, your guide will tell you all about the rainforest, including information on the different types of mangrove that you’ll find. Your walk ends at an Instagram-friendly viewing point, which looks out over a bay. You’ll have time to take some pictures before you make your way back to the boat, to sail back to port.
You’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in Guatemalan nature on this tour. It’ll only take 30 minutes to drive from the port to Las Escobas Springs Reserve – your destination. This place is made up of over 100,000 acres of protected rainforest, which is ringed by mountains and has a river running through it. Once you arrive, you’ll set off on your hike along the paths that wind through the greenery. The rainforest is home to over 400 species of bird, including tropical toucans and parrots, so you’re sure to catch a colourful glimpse on your walk. Plus, if you fancy, you’ll get the chance to cool off afterwards with a dip in one of the river’s waterfall-fed, postcard-perfect pools before you head back to port.