Rio Dulce means “sweet river” in Spanish. The waters of the Rio Dulce are fresh water above the canyon and at Laguna Bay Marina are good for swimming and other water sports. The Rio Dulce environment has been protected since 1955. The Rio Dulce national park is surrounded by over 7200 hectares of dense wetland mangrove forest and tropical rainforest.
Wetlands are one of the world’s most important environmental assets, containing a disproportionately high number of plant and animal species compared to other areas of the world. Throughout history they have been integral to human survival and development. The main functions of wetlands are as water purification systems, flood control, shoreline stability, and as reservoirs of biodiversity.
There are 356 registered birds and an array of rare or endangered plant, animal and insect species in Izabal. It remains a haven for archeologists, entomologists, ethnobotanists and just common people who appreciate beauty. Experience the beauty, diversity, complexity, and magic of the tropical rainforest with our local guides.
Laguna Marina is nestled in a bay off the banks of the Rio Dulce river near the tiny community of Cayo Quemado - about 35 minutes boat ride from Fronteras/Rio Dulce with our boat and 20 minutes from Livingston. Puerto Barrios - the nearest large city - is 45 minutes away by boat. There are several restaurants, stores and other local services within the immediate area. You can also find someone going to either Rio Dulce or Livingston daily if you need a ride.