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Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner E-mail
The News - Latest News
Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner at Backpackers
September 7, 2016
by Heather Graham and Jody Aston

Notice: The Canadian Embassy will be CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 10, 2016.

General Contact Information for the Canadian Embassy:

Street address:
13 Calle 8-44 Zone 10,
Edificio Edyma Plaza

Mailing address:
Embassy of Canada
Apartado Postal 400,
Guatemala, C.A.

Tel: (502) 2363-4348
Fax: (502) 2365 1210
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday:  08:00 - 12:30 and 13:00 - 16:30 (closed from 12:30 to 13:00)

Website here.

Rodger's 'Pet' Iguana E-mail
Features - Flora and Fauna of Guatemala

Rodger's Iguana, Clumsy
October 4, 2016
by Rodger Hanks (Ra-Ra)
Editor’s note: Post 2nd op update – this one was much more involved than the first and I am still not able to type much. I’m not asking for sympathy, but I AM asking for more reader submissions! ;) Thanks go to Ra-Ra for sending this one.

My resident iguana, Clumsy, and I had a run-in yesterday, as he didn't want to relinquish his warming spot on my back porch. The big rocks warm up in the heat of the day and, being a cold-blooded reptile, he gets heat wherever he can find it. I convinced him to let me by after a short confrontation...the porch ramp is 5 1/2 ft. wide. There's another one that lives out back that's larger, maybe close to 7ft. He don't come on the porch...yet!

Bob Meredith's Jabiru Stork Sighting E-mail
Features - Flora and Fauna of Guatemala
Jabiru Stork in Flight Over Lago Izabal

September 19, 2016
Story and Photographs by Guest Staff Reporter Bob Meredith

Editor's Note: Many thanks to Bob Meredith for his article and photographs of the sighting of an unusual bird here on the rio. I’m afraid my broken arm did not heal and broke a second time, so I have been in Guatemala City recuperating from another operation. It is difficult for me to type, and I would love to have more guest articles to fill in the gaps until we can get back to more regular reporting! Send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The 9th of September at 3:48 pm Trish and I saw two uncommon visitors to this area hunting with a Great White Egret among grazing cattle on the edge of a wet land on Lago Izabal’s northern shore.

One of only two storks found in Guatemala (the Wood Stork is the other) the Jabiru Stork is the largest flying bird in the Americas. Standing from four to five feet tall, its wing span can reach over eight feet and its massive bill can be over a foot long.

It uses this bill to feed on all sorts of smaller fish, amphibians, reptiles, snakes, small mammals, and birds. The Jabiru will carry larger fish and small caimans taken in the water to shore and beat them with his bill.

Much more common in Belize, if you wanted to see a Jabiru in the wild a sighting is guarantee at Crooked Tree once the normally solitary birds congregate during breeding season.


Jabiru Storks in a Field - nearly as tall as the cows!

Fireworks at the Fort - El Castillo E-mail
The News - Latest News
September 10, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher
Hospital in El Estor E-mail
The News - Latest News

Centro Medico del Lago Hospital in El Estor

September 5, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher
Updated with contact information

Until now, patients in the Rio Dulce area who needed to get x-rays had to go to Bethesda Hospital in Morales or the government hospital in Puerto Barrios.There is a new option available, however, in nearby El Estor. Centro Medico del Lago Hospital has been open for 7 months and is a clean, efficient facility. 

The x-ray, or radiografia, laboratory is staffed by skilled, caring technicians. The cost is reasonably priced, as well. For example, two x-rays of a broken arm and shoulder cost Q336, about US$45.

The hospital is located in La Colonia Rusa (The Russian Colony) associated with the mining company. Follow the main road through El Estor until the concrete pavement ends and the gravel road begins. The security entrance is on the right.

Kilometro 0.5 Carretera7-E, Colonia CGN,Telefono 3192-2151, 4731-8718, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Captain Hank's SV Sunyata Burned in Fire E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Life Changes

Fire Destruction of Captain Hank's SV Sunyata

August 24, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

Although not a Rio Dulce resident, many cruisers may know Captain Hank, of the SV Sunyata, with a charter business in Roatan. On August 21, a short circuit in a cabin fan caused the classic Swedish sloop to go up in flames. The teak wooden boat burned for hours and sank.

Captain Hank
Captain Hank’s daughter, Kendra McLaughlin, says he barely escaped with his life and is being treated at a nearby hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. He lived charter to charter, and now everything he owned is unsalvageable, at the bottom of French Harbor.

If friends would like to help, McLaughlin has set up a GoFundMe page here.

Mexican Train Dominoes but NOT Aug.28!! E-mail
The News - Latest News
Mexican Train Dominoes - All Skill Levels Welcome
Bucanero's Market - A Gourmet Specialty Shop E-mail
The News - Latest News


Bucanero's Market - A Gourmet Specialty Shop

will have a tasting event today, August 13th, and tomorrow, Sunday, August 14th.

Customers will be invited to try these products:

Take Jake: beef, chicken and shrimp

Bristo Cinq: wines

El Parisino: bread





Stay tuned for a front page story announcing Bucanero's expansion and information on the many quality products that can be purchased there!

The shop is located behind the Shell Station on the river and can be accessed by boat from their docks. Road access is also available through the Nanajuana gates on the main highway at km 274 (on the El Relleno side of the bridge).

BUCANERO´S MARKET  :  7968-8888

ADDRESS:  Km 274
Carretera Rio Dulce
Interior Hotel Nana Juana, Ensenada
Livingstone Izabal.
Dean's Strange Boat Buddy E-mail
Features - Flora and Fauna of Guatemala
Dean's Gray Four-eyed Opossum Boat Buddy
August 11, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor
Photographs by Dean Weidling
Little Guy
Ever hear strange noises on your boat at night and think you might have mice aboard? Well, as some people on the Rio Dulce discovered, recently, it may be an entirely different critter. Dean Weidling, of SV Barmina, has quite a story, as it seems he has been adopted by a Gray Four-eyed Opossum!

Dean had been at anchor for weeks, and was quite surprised to discover the marsupial roaming around his galley. Regardless how he got on the boat, Dean set about making a non-injurious trap to get him OFF the boat. It seemed a good design, but the clever little animal was an “eat and run” pro. Finally, Dean managed to trap “Little Guy” (as he was affectionately dubbed) and took great pains to release him on the shore. He even made a video of the freedom run, even though his adorable little boat buddy was not in a particular hurry to escape.

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