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EcoRio distributes 7,000 maps for boaters PDF Print
EcoRio president Eugenio Gobbato with Navy Alferez (Lieutenant) Erwin Estuardo Sipaque Urbina, showing the new map of the Rio Dulce patrol area.
By Roy McNett
Photos by Don Gato
Photo Editor

Monday, Aug. 3, 2009 -- Continuing with its determination to improve safety concerns on the Rio Dulce as well as serving as the environmental watchdog for the area, members of EcoRio were presented today with brochure/maps of the Rio Dulce area. 

The 4-color maps were presented by Eugenio Gobbato, president of EcoRio and owner of Hacienda Tijax.

Over 7,000 maps were printed for distribution to new boaters arriving at Livingston and to participating marinas on the Rio Dulce.

Those attending the EcoRio meeting Aug. 3 include, from left, RosaMaria of Nana Juana, Lidia Jordan of Mar Marine, Kevin and Louisa Lucas of Catamaran, Emy Bartula of Catamaran, Iliana Sotomayor of Xalaja, Jim Ellis of Mario's, Oscar Pensamiento of Vinas del Lago and Alferez Erwin Estinardo.

Gobbato explained that EcoRio has been dealing with emergencies and problems of the Rio Dulce area for many years as a distinct entity. But now, with the participation of other businesses and individuals, "We're able to deal with these emergencies and problems as a community."

The maps depict the area of the Rio Dulce National Park which is currently patrolled 24/7 by the Guardia Costa (Guatemalan Coast Guard).

Course headings, VHF frequencies, water depths, locations of participating marinas and details of the proposed no-wake zones are also included. 

On the reverse side is a description of the background and goals of EcoRio as well as safety information for new boaters arriving in Guatemala.

Lidia Jordan of Mar Marine

Jim Ellis of Mario's Marina

Waypoints for crossing the bar at Livingston are provided as well as information regarding checking in with port officials, cruising the canyon, obstructions, suggested anchorages and concerns about dinghy and motor thefts. The brochure is presented in English and Spanish. 

Kevin Lucas of Catamaran

Participating marinas/hotels are Mario's Marina, Hotel Catamaran and Marina, Hacienda Tijax, Bruno's Hotel y Marina, El Tortugal Marina, Astillero Magdalena, Hotel Vinas del Lago, Mar Marine, Ram Marina & Yacht Club, Nana Juana Hotel y Marina and Kim' arrin Servicios a Cruceros. 

More information about EcoRio, the map and the safety patrol area can be found at www.riodulce.net. An animated interactive map of the area can be seen Here. 

Oscar Pensamiento of Hotel Vinas del Lago

Gobbato noted that EcoRio also has other projects like the "Stations" Project for the Rio Dulce National Park,  Carpenteros Sin Fronteras Bentwood Project, and the Septic Tank Bank Project. But during most of 2008 and 2009 the group had to divert its efforts to security of the area.   “Having now moved forwards in this matter we: a) Established the 24/7 Patrol with the Navy.  b) Negotiated and brokered the INGUAT support for the same and now c) Produced written material to inform and illustrate the above.
We hope to be able to maintain this effort while also tackling some of the
other issues at hand like "solid wastes" and "water treatment,” he said.


RosaMaria of Nana Juana

Karen de Lopez of RAM Marina


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