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Cruising in Belize - Part 1 E-mail
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Monkey River Town to Placencia
Monkey River Town to Placencia
(Editor's Note: It's been quite a while since we've published Denny's informative articles on Cruising in Belize so, since there are many new cruisers in the area, we've decided to reprint Denny's articles. Enjoy!)

By Dennis Gulck
Denny’s Beach

This is my first post dealing with the profusion of marine parks in Belize.  Please note that I am a conservationist at heart, and it is not that I object to the idea of marine parks, but rather that I don’t like to pay money to anchor behind a caye. (For a larger version of the map, click HERE .)

Frankly, I can’t afford it and I am sure that there are many cruisers who feel the same about shelling out hard cash to pay to anchor.  

The reef has been decimated by the fishing fleets from Sarteneja, Belize City, and Honduras.  If you could have seen the reef as I did in the mid seventies, you would understand where I am coming from. 

The last time I went to the southern cayes with my two sons I was shocked to see the reef......broken, bleached, and without fish.  I felt sorry for the boys even though they were thrilled to see the few trunkfish and one small barracuda that we saw the first day.  Those cayes used to be loaded with fish as the fishing fleet did not have to travel that far to fill their ice boxes.

Valentine's Day massage specials by Adriana E-mail
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Adriana Gobbato offers therapeutic professional massages
Adriana Gobbato offers therapeutic professional massages
Article by encor
Photos by Julia Bartlett

Great news for anyone wondering what to give their sweetheart for the upcoming Valentine Day, Sat., Feb 14.

This cronista had a most enjoyable one hour session recently with the extremely talented Adriana, and highly recommend her skills as a therapeutic massage professional. 

Many of you already know Adriana as the daughter of Eugenio at Tijax, or as a gifted artist who has taught watercolor painting here on the river.  She was schooled in these healing and wellness techniques while living in Spain, but has not actively pursued them until recently.  

Relaxing & Therapeutic Massage is a full-body massage intended to calm the nervous system, reduce emotional and physical stress, and release muscular tension. A great option to choose, if you just want to chill out, be pampered and spoiled, when you need to unwind and take a break from life's stresses.

It is relaxing and invigorating increasing circulation and improving muscle flexibility. You will have a long, luxurious massage which will use all kinds of techniques including long strokes, gentle kneading and rolling of skin and muscle and perhaps some rhythmic rocking from side to side, with various deep tissue trigger points and energy healing techniques on those areas experiencing specific pain, tightness or blockages, depending on your needs.

Whether it is to provide relief from pain, release of tension, reduction of stress or simply to relax and feel your best, the addition of energy work promotes a deeper sense of relaxation and well-being. 

Located in the round building at Mar Marine
Located in the round building at Mar Marine
She works her magic in the little round structure just by the office at Mar Marine.  

Adriana certainly knows which pressure/reflexology points to address,  and she is also skilled in Reiki, developed in Japan and commonly known as the system of universal energy of life.

For Valentine’s Day, she is offering some special prices, for just the sweetheart, or a couples package.  A limited number available, and if you book by Feb.14, you can schedule your appointment for another date.   

Her special price for couples is $60, It can even be two girlfriends.

For reservation/appt, call Adriana at 4887-8348. You can also book thru Mar Marine  7930-5090

You can learn more about Adriana Gobbato on Facebook or linkedin.

Marlene will be announcing her Valentine menu soon,  why not make it a MARvelous day?

Fuego Volcano eruptions close airport E-mail
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Volcanic eruptions at Fuego close airport

and raise alert level to Orange*

ImageDue to increased volcanic activity at Fuego Volcano, CONRED (the Guatemalan government agency responsible for monitoring volcanic activity), has raisedGuatemala’s alert status to ORANGE for the entire country.

Eruptive activity at Fuego increased during the afternoon today, February 7th.

CONRED reports pyroclastic flows including high temperature emissions of moderate and strong force, with significant ash falling in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, Escuintla and Chimaltenango departments.

The eruption, which began this morning, has intensified in the last hours, according to the

National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology INSIVUMEH.

In addition, PROATUR, the Guatemalan tourist assistance program, has informed us that due to the eruption, La Aurora international airport has closed its operations until further notice.

For continued updates on volcanic activity, residents and travelers are advised to monitor the CONRED website at:  http://conred.gob.gt/.  Guatemala’s tourism agency INGUAT also has additional information for travelers at: http://www.inguat.gob.gt/.

All U.S. citizens should review their emergency preparedness and keep on hand emergency phone numbers, including the Guatemalan CONRED 24 hour hotline 1566.

New Rio Dulce map to be available E-mail
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The Committee for Tourism for Rio Dulce in conjuction with Mapas de Guatemala will host a meeting Jan 11 at Hotel y Restaurante la Fonda Escondido from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local businesses which would like their name on the map will be welcome to sign up for the publicity.
The Committee for Tourism for Rio Dulce in conjuction with Mapas de Guatemala will host a meeting Jan 11 at Hotel y Restaurante la Fonda Escondido from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local businesses which would like their name on the map will be welcome to sign up for the publicity.
Meeting to discuss road, bridge damage E-mail
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A meeting is planned today (Feb. 4, 2015) at 2 p.m. under the bridge to discuss damage to area roads as well as to the Rio Dulce bridge.

Expected to attend the meeting are reprentatives from the Guatemalan ministeros of Environment, Energy and Mines and mining companies CGN and  Maya Nickel, as well as members of Cocode (Consejo Comunitarios de Desarrollo) an area organization of communities and Congressman Byron Chacon.

The meeting will also discuss legal actions against TRESCA (Transportista Eléctrica Centroamericana) power distribution company.

The public is invited to attend.


Sundog Café celebrates reopening E-mail
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Elva Ramirez prepares pizzas for the fiesta
Elva Ramirez prepares pizzas for the fiesta
Story and photos
by Jody Aston

The rio was rocking Friday night in celebration of the grand opening of the new Sundog Café.

After several hectic weeks, Sundog's owner, Tom Wyss, along with Elva Ramirez and their band of workers and friends, completed the major part of anticipated construction and the precarious task of transporting the brick pizza oven.

The popular restaurant/bar officially moved into its new location and the party was well attended by cruisers and locals, alike.

Live music was provided by Stan and Cora (Ruffanuff) with vocals by Anna, and other musicians who took turns joining the group.

Mikey da Wrench & Guy
Mikey da Wrench & Guy

The new site is just 100 feet from the previous building (towards La Despensa grocery store), still on the river and with an even better view.

There is plenty of space at a dinghy dock in front and vehicle parking in the rear. The new landlords do not put any restrictions on closing time...so no more gates closing nor fences to jump at night!

From streetside, take the road beside La Libreria (stationery and book store), straight to the water's edge.

Check out the new location and enjoy a Sundog Café pizza or one of the other tasty offerings on the menu. You'll be glad you did!

A.M.O - Antigua Musicos Organizados E-mail
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A.M.O. - Antigua Musicos Organizados
Maestros de “Buena Onda”

By Lori Shea

(Editor's Note: The music festival planned Jan. 23 - 25 at Amatique Bay Resort has been postponed and hopefully rescheduled sometime in March).

Guatemala’s art and music scene is bursting with exciting new talent. Alongside mind-expanding artists and filmmakers, the contemporary musicians of Antigua and Guatemala City have stepped up, to form a fresh and powerful performance collective: the Antigua Musicians Organization, affectionately known as A.M.O.

This cultural movement of AMO is a collaboration of 40 musicians who came together to showcase brilliant live performances, regularly and enthusiastically, at the best cultural and social venues in the country. Image

Convening their first serious organizational meeting in March of 2014, and coordinating the AntiguaMusica.com website a week later, they were able to present their inaugural concert the following month, for 600 appreciative guests at the Cooperación Española, Antigua’s well-known Spanish cultural center.

AMO is actively cultivating the most professional performance venues to set the stage for exciting shows to entertain their audiences of every taste and background. Image

With a global vision, the AMO musicians, as solo performers or tightly-knit well-rehearsed bands, encourage collaboration with other internationally recognized musicians, sharing the stage to explore the creative possibilities.

The results have everyone rocking in their seats, diggin’ the hot licks, and coming back for more

Now, Guatemala’s expansive talent and unique style of rock, funk, ethnic, blues, salsa, samba, traditional, folk, dance, world beat, fusion, classical and jazz music is available to everyone.

Christmas activities in Rio Dulce E-mail
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Mike Church on SV Grace in the Christmas Parade of Lights
Mike Church on SV Grace in the Christmas Parade of Lights
by Jody Aston

The Christmas Eve Parade of Lights had some colorful boat entrants. They gave a dazzling display of lights to all who gathered on the bridge to watch, as they left Mar Marine and sailed under the bridge towards Tortugal and back again.

The winner of the Q500 first prize in the big boats category went to an enthusiastic Mike Church on SV Grace. The Q300 small boats prize was won by Santa, himself, on the Casa Guatemala Sleighboat. Organizer Julia Bartlett was pleased with the results and hopes the event will become a yearly tradition.

After the parade, the boats sailed down the Rio Dulce and delivered Santa Claus to Casa Guatemala. Photos of Santa's visit to the children will follow in a separate article.


Several Rio Dulce restaurants and marinas offered delicious meals on Christmas Day. Mar Marine was well attended and Hotel Kangaroo served over 80 meals. A few photos follow.

If anyone has photographs of a holiday event or meal they attended, the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator invites you to share them with the Rio Dulce community. They can be posted on the Rio Dulce Forum, under the "Photo(s) of the Day" topic.

Casa Guatemala - winner of the small boats category
Casa Guatemala - winner of the small boats category

RAM Marina Anniversary Sale E-mail
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