Our next stop was the Caribbean Coast and the Rio Dulce area. When we were leaving Semuc Champey we caught a bus with 2 Spanish girls and they had recommended a place called Finca Tatin near Rio Ducle. Oddly enough, somewhere along the way I had picked up a flyer for Finca Tatin and we decided that is where we wanted to go. Finca Tatin is only accessible by boat. When we got to the town of Rio Dulce our first goal was to find a boat that would take us there. There is no shortage of boats, but we wanted to make sure we got a fair price, so we asked around at a couple of people offering their services. We finally found one that also had a parking spot for us, so we were set. Matthias tried to call Finca Tatin to see if they had space for us. The number on our flyer was out of service, but we decided to risk it anyway and hope they had room. William found the boat ride too bumpy, but Julian couldn’t have enjoyed it more. He had a huge smile on his face the entire way and kept pointing to things and chattering excitedly about them. The water is sparkling green and surrounded on all sides by green jungle. It is about an hour boat ride to Finca Tatin and we arrived safely and they had plenty of room. In fact we were the only visitors at all.
We rented a bungalow right along the river for two nights. William and Julian both squealed with excitement when they saw we would all be sleeping under nets! Matthias and I weren’t so excited when we saw the spider the size of my outstretched hand on the wall above one of the beds. When we arrived we were floored at how neat this place was. This area was very different from what we expected it to be and definitely transcended all our expectations. Both Matthias and I had a moment where we felt that just the opportunity to spend a few days here was one of those times that makes this whole trip worthwhile.