Livingston Tour: Experience Garifuna Culture, Mayan Traditions and Historical Castle
2 Ratings
Rio Dulce
Immerse yourself in the vibrant Garifuna and Mayan cultures, explore the natural beauty of Livingston, and discover the rich history of the Castle of San Felipe on this cultural, nature, and history tour in Guatemala's Caribbean region.
Duration: 7 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Livingston - When your cruise ship docks at the Port of Santo Tomás de Castilla, or if you are staying at a hotel in Rio Dulce, we will be ready to welcome you with open arms and show you the Caribbean wonders of our country, starting with the Livingston area.

Livingston is a mainly Garífuna municipality of long-standing African descent. This place is also occupied by the K’eqchí people, they are Mayan people.

This place is full of culture and beautiful landscapes. Its streets full of vibrant colors, the warmth of the local people, the delight of the native food, and its perfect climate, are some of the many things that will make you fall in love with this place.

Our transportation will be by boat, so sit back, put on your sunglasses and enjoy every minute of our tour.

What's Included
  • Entrance Fee To The Castle of San Felipe de Lara
  • Bottled water
  • Guided Tour in Livingston
  • Lunch
  • Private Boat Ride - Round Trip
  • Entrance Fee to The Ak Tenamit Mayan Association
  • Certified Tour Guide by The Guatemalan Tourism Board
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information

During your visit to the Guatemalan Caribbean, we want to take you to some spots popular for their culture, the mix of Garífuna and K’eqchi cultures, and its traditional Caribbean food, as well as the immense beauty of all the surrounding nature.

This time we will visit the town of Livingston, the Queqchi Mayan Association of Ak Tenamit, and The Castle of San Felipe. A cultural, nature, and history tour, all in 1.

Livingston is a Caribbean town on the shores of the beach with a mix of Garifuna and Mayan Culture. Learn about its immense history and have close contact with the locals.

Then, we will go to Ak Tenamit, where we will do community tourism, learn to make Mayan traditional food, appreciate the locals playing marimba and dance. Learn about this special project that educates local children and improves their future.

Lastly, visit the Castle of San Felipe, built in the 17th century to defend the goods brought from Guatemala to Spain from the English pirates. Enjoy!

  • Bring mosquito repellent and sun protection
Rio Dulce
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Jan 30, 2024
Loved it all - Boat ride was wonderful, went through beautiful Flower Garden, long swath of water lilies with some unusual colors, mangrove, canyon walls, water birds, nesting site for herons and cormorans. Before reaching Livingston there is a half hour stop for restaurant, bathrooms, hike into the forest and hot pools for swimming if desired. Pelicans cavorting around in the water and gathered as a welcoming committee on the dock in Livingston. At the restaurant we were treated to a performance of Garafuno drumming and dancing by a local family that was amazing, the male dancer could really move! The castle/fort was fantastic, out of all the forts we've visited definitely the most interesting and the park it sits in was beautiful including a very colorful local cemetery, restaurant, swimming pool, lake beach and pathways all around for sauntering. Highly recommend and I would do it all over again. Not mentioned in the tour information is a quirky little pirate museum in a luxury hotel just by the entrance to the park where the fort is situated. If time permits it's worth a quick visit too.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Apr 8, 2023
Interesting tour - This is a highly personalized trip, so it will be modified to suit your group's specific interests. The guide is very knowledgeable about the area and gives good explanations about the different places visited.
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up to 15 guests
April 2024