Río Dulce National Park
One of Guatemala’s oldest parks, the waterway connecting the Caribbean Sea with Lake Izabal is protected as Río Dulce National Park, covering 7,200 hectares along the river’s 30 kilometer (19-mile) course.
Much of the riverbank is shrouded in dense tropical forest punctuated at its most dramatic point by a large jungle canyon with hundred-meter rock faces known as La Cueva de la Vaca.
The canyon is a 15-minute boat ride upstream from Lívingston. Along this route you’ll also come across a graffiti-covered rock escarpment known as La Pintada with the earliest painting in evidence dating to the 1950s.
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