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Canada Thanksgiving and Embassy Info E-mail
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October 12, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends of Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator! The Embassy of Canada to Guatemala is closed for the holiday today.


General Contact Information from the Embassy website:

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

U.S. Embassy Emergency Information E-mail
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October 8, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor
Editor's note: I'm off having fun with my family and friends in Virginia, and am short on time for writing articles! If you have a story of interest to share (with only one or two photographs)  please send it to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Don't have any stories? Then send your favorite photograph of Rio Dulce or a shot of the latest happenings there, and we'll post it on the front page. Muchas gracias, Amigos - see you in a couple of weeks!
ImageDue to technical upgrades, the Embassy will be closed for routine American Citizen Services on Friday, October 9. We will be available for emergency cases only.

Additional information from the U.S. Embassy website regarding emergencies:

Our American Citizen Services Unit telephone number 2326-4000 (from within Guatemala) 011-502-2326-4000 (from the United States) is answered during normal business hours, except Guatemalan and U.S. federal holidays.  Our fax number is 2331-3804 (from within Guatemala) 011-502-2331-3804 (from the United States).

Inquiries regarding American Citizen Services may be emailed to our office at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Embassy is located at Avenida Reforma 7-01,  Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala. The American Citizen Services Unit in the Embassy is accessed through the door on 7th Calle.

For emergencies during normal business hours, please call:

2326-4000 (from within Guatemala)
011-502-2326-4000 (from the United States)

For emergencies when the American Citizen Services Unit is closed or after hours, please call:

2331-2354 (from within Guatemala)
011-502-2331-2354 (from the United States)

More emergency information is available from the Department of State, Washington, DC. 


The following is a list of services normally provided by the U.S. Embassy from their website here:

Services Provided by the American Citizen Services Unit

The American Citizen Services Unit assists U.S. citizens with the following:

Mystery Duo Reviews Restaurante Jocelyn E-mail
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Mystery Duo Reviews Restaurante Jocelyn on the Rio

September 29, 2015
by The Mystery Duo
Editor's Note: The Mystery Duo strikes again! If you've figured out who they are, drop us a line on the Rio Dulce Chisme Forum here, or send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Image We are well aware of the nice meals available at the surrounding marina restaurants, but, for a change, we wanted to try some of the local Guatemalan restaurants, too. We decided to make this outing on a day that promised to be very hot, and we had a lot of shopping to do. So, we opted to stop by Restaurante Jocelyn for a nice breakfast. That would make breakfast easy, and we could get our shopping done early and be home before the heat of the day.

Bienvenidos a Restaurante Jocelyn

Restaurante Jocelyn is on the town side of the bridge, and next to the municipal launcha dock. This offers the advantage of being accessible by both water and land. There are two buildings, pretty much side by side, each with a Restaurante Jocelyn sign on the roof. It didn’t seem to matter where we sat, so we opted for the building that had no boats in front of it. Tying up the dingy was easy, and we had a beautiful view of the river.

Bus and Lancha Timetables E-mail
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Rio Dulce Colectivo Lancha Ticket Office at the Public Dock (Muelle)

UPDATED February 14, 2017

Peter Kruse gathered all the new Bus Schedules for us. This is a tremendous help because, as we all know, catching a bus in Guatemala has been a bit of a game of Russian Roulette this past year! Here are some of his notes, and the former pages of schedules have been replaced with updated pages with the current information. Note that we also have the Punta Gorda Water Taxi schedule, thanks to Doug Hattox.

Jan 20th - FDN canceled the 1pm Maya de Oro bus to Flores. Litegua made significant changes, due to delays caused by long term road work from here to the City.

Litegua still offers a daily bus from Rio Dulce to El Florido/border of Honduras to Copan. The bus leaves at 9 am and takes around 6 hrs. to El Florido. Q100 one way. When crossing the border, buses are available to head on to Copan Ruinas

Litegua changed the times due to the road works and delays. They may switch back to the old schedules once the situation normalizes.

September 21, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor, and Peter Kruse

Do you have a hard time remembering when the colectivo lancha goes to Livingston...or did you ever wake up in the wee hours of the morning and drag yourself to the Litegua bus station for the 3:00 a.m. trip to Guatemala City, only to discover that you chose the one day of the week that the bus does NOT make that trip? Well, the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator is here to help!

Results of Chili Cook-off Fundraiser 2015 E-mail
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Willyserves his Chili
Willy Serves His First-prize Winning Chili!

by Jody Aston, Editor, and additional photos from Lori Shea
September 14, 2015

Thanks to generous contributions of donations, personal time and energy, and the great Rio Dulce Community spirit, our Chili Cook-off Fundraiser was a big success! Attendees won numerous raffle prizes and silent auction items, filled their bellies with chili and hotdogs, laughed with their friends and new acquaintances, while amassing a hefty sum in the fundraising pot.

Organizer Kathi Wright by Lori Shea
This year's donation will be split between the Centro de Salud health clinic and the recovery fund for our neighbors in the recently flooded village of Sumach. Organizers are still waiting for a few receipts, but estimate the profit available for donation is Q10,873.

Former fire chief, Rita Rabre, is negotiating prices for items on the "wish list" and will be in charge of distribution of funds. Organizers Willy Ditzler, of SV Lorelei, and Kathi Wright are grateful to the many supporters of the event and will provide a list of donors and volunteers for a future story. Our thanks go to the two of them and the other committee members for skillful planning and organization, and to Lori Shea for her outstanding bi-lingual presentation of the raffle prizes.

Willy's chili came out on top, winning first place over other entrants, such as "Varmit" and "Texas Outlaw." Two of the cheeky judges, Tom Allen and Emy Bartula, posted this entry as their choice for winner:

Cheeky Judges Voted This Chili Entry as the Winner
It was all part of the fun in our crazy, caring Rio Dulce community! Enjoy more photos below.

Roy Field, of SV Avion, Passes Away E-mail
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Death of Roy Field
Roy Field, of SV Avion Passed Away Sept. 7th
We are sad to report that a member of the Rio Dulce and Caribbean sailing community, Roy Leon Field, passed away Monday morning, September 7, 2015.

We do not have details of Roy's death, other than his wish was to be cremated, with his ashes spread at sea. Mike and Lilo, of Brooksy Point Yacht Club in Roatan, said they will fulfill that wish and sail Roy’s boat, SV Avion, out to sea for a final cruise.

Roy was a quiet, friendly man. He was often found engaged in interesting conversation at Bruno’s, and a few times, he even participated in our International Pub Trivia Quiz nights. He will be missed by many Rio Dulce friends.

If anyone has information to share regarding Roy’s death, please contact the editor at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will be happy to provide an update.

Guatemala President Resigned and In Jail E-mail
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Pres. Maldonado
Interim President Maldonado_AP Photo-Moises Castillo

by Jody Aston, Editor
September 5, 2015 

The Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator is not the type publication to cover ‘hard’ news in Guatemala, and political coverage is best left to the people of Guatemala. Recent events, however, are historic in nature and, we would be remiss if we failed to mention the unprecedented news of the past week. As we stated in our Links to Information on Current Events  on May 19, 2015, this is not a statement of support nor opposition by the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator, but merely a passing on of information.

Guatemalan President Otto Peréz Molina resigned at midnight Wednesday, September 2, 2015, amid a corruption scandal and after months of peaceful protests calling for his resignation. Here are links to English-language coverage from various sources:

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina resigns - 3 September 2015 – from BBC:


Guatemala Swears In New Leader As Ex-President Is Ordered to Jail – 3 September 2015 – from Wall Street Journal:



Rio Dulce Chili Cook-off Fundraiser 2015 E-mail
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TODAY's the DAY!!! Come join the fun and support a great cause!!


August 28, 2015

Come join the fun at the Rio Dulce Community Fundraiser. This year we are having a Chili Cook-off Competition! It will be held at Bruno's Marina on September 7, 2015. More information to follow soon!

As promised, more information. Update: Sunday August 30, 2015

Monday, August 31st is the last day for contestant cooks to sign up for the chili competition. Peggy is handling the sign-up and Q100 entry fee collections. Call Kathi Wright 5321-9197 if you need help finding Peggy. At this time, there are 8 competitors entered. 

The chili judges will start at 12 Noon with their tasting and voting.  The award of judges trophies should be done by 1 PM.  Tickets go on sale to the public at 1 PM [for chili, hot dogs & raffle]. Guests pay Q5 per sample and there will be a 5 ticket minimum. The portions are one ladle in a 10 oz. cup. Tickets are submitted to each competitor for each sample. Once the sampling is winding down or completed, tickets will be tallied for the award of the Blue Ribbon for the “People’s Choice” to the competitor who has the most tickets.

Fiesta for Children of the Sumach Flood E-mail
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Children of Sumach Line up for Food
Children of Sumach Eagerly Line up for Food

by Jody Aston, Editor
August 19, 2015

Over one hundred victims of the recent flooding in Sumach, on Lake Izabal, were sheltered in the vacant new mercado building on the Fronteras side of Rio Dulce. Many community members rallied round to help them adjust to their temporary living quarters. For instance, Oscar Lopez and Kim Neilson, local and temporary residents, respectively, from the other side of the bridge, organized the entire El Relleno community to cook a hot meal for everyone in the shelter. It was a huge success and apparently, the food was delicious. You can see Julia Bartlett's photos of the occasion on the Rio Dulce Net Facebook page here.

Karen Lopez
Karen de Lopez of Ram Marina Provided Lunch

In addition to the relief provided by Guatemala government agencies, such as CONRED, numerous loads of supplies were purchased and delivered from Rio Dulce. Thanks to many generous donations from the Rio Dulce community, we have been able to offer a great deal of support to the affected communities. Heather Graham, of Casa Guatemala, and Karen de Lopez of Ram Marina, have been instrumental in getting deliveries organized, and Julia Bartlett, and Rita Rabre, among many others, have devoted considerable time to collecting donations and acquiring needed items for the displaced.

There was concern for the children being away from school and stuck in a big concrete building surrounded by a barren parking lot. Karen de Lopez planned a temporary school while they were in the shelter, and I arranged games and fun activities for them.

Much to our surprise, and delight, on Monday, the day we were to begin, we discovered that all but 13 of the people in the shelter had returned to their homes in Sumach. So, Karen, with her 100 sandwiches and other goodies, and I, with my piñatas and other playthings, along with my friend, Yveth Orellano and her daughter, Dailyn, switched gears and headed to Sumach.

The new shelter in Sumach
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