Left Cayo Largo at midday for what was going to be an easy sail with wind of 15 to 20 knots on the beam but the Met gurus had it wrong again, with no wind for the 600 miles passage.
Many sailors avoid the Rio Dulce because of the legendary bar across the entrance in the town of Livingstone, only 5 1/2 feet deep & NautiBuoyToo draws 5! But NautiBuoyToo didn’t bump, which I’m sure disappointed all the pangas hanging around, just waiting to make a buck or two on my misfortune.
Dropped anchor in 8 feet of water by the town waterfront and waited for the authorities to clear me in.
By 12.00 noon I started the journey through the famous river canyon — sheer limestone cliffs covered with lush green foliage of every imaginable type tower 400′ above on either side. The river is deep & winds its way up through the Rio Dulce national park. Vibrant colors abound, from the Mayan’s bright clothing spun by their own looms, to the unlimited hues of green of the jungle, to the riotous reds, purples and yellows adorning the flowers & bromeliads to the stark great white herons providing elegant relief from the overwhelming colors.
Welcome to Guatemala!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!