Map of Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala
We went on a tour with Tours by Gus. It included boat tour of the river, which was beautiful. We also visited a school and delivered school supplies and had a chance to visit with the children and teachers. Gus was great and answered all of our questions about the country.
This port is a work in progress. It’s a shipping port and not very pleasant to look at. We chose not to do an excursion, but there are options here and I recommend getting away from the port. There is a large inside building that is very welcoming to visitors. We got our passports stamped and shopped. Jade and stone and silver jewelry is beautiful at good prices. Many unique items here and local culture to learn about. We watched natives perform dances and music it was very nice to see. Very nice people here
Visited: Nov 19, 2017
A commercial port - interesting to see the loading of large transport ships with coffee and bananas. Excursion to Ak-Tenamit People & the Garifuna Village of Livingston. Very difficult boat ride but the project itself is a great experience. Worth seeing, just be prepared for a rough flat boat ride.
Visited: Feb 04, 2018
This was my 3rd time to this port and I enjoy it because it isn’t commercialized with the typical shops and bars. I have done a tour of the Rio Dulce and Livingston in the past with Happy Fish. This time I was on a solo cruise and booked a day pass to Amatique Bay Resort through the cruise line. It was a First Class resort with a great beach, waterslides, amazing pool with a swim-up bar and reasonable drink and food prices. Frozen drinks were $ 5 US, burger and fries was $ 10 and bottled water was $ 2.
Plan to shop for souvenirs here. This is a treasure trove of market stalls filled to overflowing with their hand-sewn and hand- embroidered textiles--tablecloths, place mats, shirts, etc. etc. I bought a $20. flowered bag for myself and two little elephant backpacks 2/$15. for our grandnephews. So cute with the colorful striped fabric. Also bought some turquoise and red coral jewelry, $35. each. The Guatemalans are hospitable and easy to bargain with. They all know a little or a lot of English.
Visited: Mar 10, 2017
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