Activities in Izabal
Tour agencies in town offer day trips up the Río Dulce to Río Dulce town, as do most local boatmen at the Lívingston dock. Many travelers use these tours as one-way transportation to Río Dulce, although you can do a return trip. It's a beautiful ride through tropical jungle scenery, with several places to stop on the way.
Shortly after you leave Lívingston, you pass the tributary Río Tatin on the right, then will probably stop at an indigenous arts museum set up by Asociación Ak' Tenamit, an NGO working to improve conditions for the Q'eqchi' Maya population of the area. The river enters a gorge called La Cueva de la Vaca, its walls hung with great tangles of jungle…
A few outfits in Lívingston offer tours that let you get out and experience the natural wonders of the area. Exotic Travel is a well-organized operation with several good trips. Its popular Ecological Tour/Jungle Trip takes you for a walk through town, out west up to a lookout spot and on to the Río Quehueche, where you take a half-hour canoe trip down the river to Playa Quehueche where you walk through the jungle to Los Siete Altares.
Hang out in Los Siete Altares for a while, then walk down to the beach and back along it to Lívingston. The trip leaves the Restaurant Bahía Azul on Calle Principal every day at 09:00 and arrives back around 16:30; it costs around US$10…