Sweet River Food

January 26, 2014

Rio Dulce, which translates as 'sweet river' runs from Lake Izabel in the eastern part of Guatemala, to the Caribbean. The river meanders for 10km in a spectacular gorge and either side is covered with teak, mahogany and palms. I took an unforgettable boat trip, starting in Rio Dulce, and continuing as far as Livingston, and spotted howler monkeys and toucans - no opportunities for boredom to set in! The highlight of the trip, was however, food-related! We stopped off at one of the riverside restaurants for a 'tapado' lunch. Tapado is a staple Guatemalan dish of this region and traditional food of the Garifuna people (old and proud caribs) who live in Livingston. Essentially a fish stew, the tapado was a fragrant and rich concoction of coconut milk, spices, plantains and seafood, including shrimp and snapper - mouthwateringly delicious!

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