Today was an early start to catch the bus to Rio Dulce. It was another beautiful drive through the mountains but it was on what was essentially a dirt track, in what was a glorified pick up truck for 5 hours! (we thought the guy was joking when the truck pulled up and he motioned for us to get in it!). Ian sat in the back with Nate and Kelsey, on a seat that was tied on with string! I however made a bee line for the front seat that was attached and a seat belt...a seat that is attached is the least that I would expect from a car!
We past through loads of tiny villages with wooded houses and loads of children shouting and giggling as we past, with the occasional shouts of "GRINGOS!! We arrived into Rio Dulce to a very different scene...large lake side mansions with very large yachts and power boats parked outside...I guess we have found where the rich Guatemalans "holiday".
We eventually set off on our own boat to Finca Tatin, which can only be reached by boat...although it did take a bit of time to get going...first we needed to get petrol, then we went to the middle of the lake to put some people on another boat as ours was too heavy (I really should have had the fruit for breakfast), then going back and paying for the petrol and then on our way...things really do work at their own pace out here!!
It was a beautiful ride along the lake but I was still a bit too groggy from the travel sick pill I had take to really appreciate everything that was around me...including a little girl who rowed over to our boat through the water lilies to sell us shells!!
Finca Tatin is set in the jungle with nothing else around it, so it is a perfect relaxation spot...a place to get away from it all. It is set right on the waters edge, so perfect for swimming, it has a rope swing into the river so Ian was happy! There are two crazy dogs, a cat, lots of hammocks and fantastic family style dinners.