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Sumpango Giant Kite Festival - One-of-a kind Experience E-mail
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The Giant Kite Festival in Sumpango

October 29, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor
Editor's Note: For those of you presently on the rio, I want to alert you to the opportunity to go to this truly amazing experience. I'm just back from a trip to the USA, and short on time right now, but since the event takes place this weekend, I wanted to post a quick message. Will elaborate and post more photos tomorrow!

Special 3-day Cultural Immersion Tour with Master Barilltereo (Kite-builder) Julio Asturias and Louise Wisechild

Los Barilletes Gigantes, The Giant Kites of Sumpango, is a unique tour. The kites represent a connection between the spirit world of the deceased and the earth. It is a celebration of the Day of the Dead, honoring departed loved ones. Participants stay with a warm and friendly local family, just minutes from the cemetery and soccer field where the kites are presented and flown.

First Night in Sumpango - Flowers for Honoring the Dead

The first night includes a special invitation to a shamanic ceremony, blessing the kites and the departed. There is also a behind-the-scenes trip to see artists who produce the kites putting last minute touches on their creations. The breathtaking exhibition of kites, and the excitement of watching them take flight occurs on Sunday.

Behind-the-scenes with Kite-builders - Last-minute Touches

The world renowned master kite-builder, Julio Asturias, helps you explore your inner creativity with a kite-making workshop, solely for the members of this tour, on Monday. Afterwards, we join his family for lunch at the cemetery, where we put our own kites to the test and see if we can get them airbourne before returning home!

Contact Louis Wisechild at this website: http://www.brightfutureglobaltours.com/3-day-giant-kites.html  

Louise says there is still space for one person, or a couple, on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to be at Sumpango with the Giant Kites. These incredible works of art, in the form of Giant Kites, mosaics of tissue paper, truly must be seen to be appreciated. And the community itself is definitely worth the experience. The tour is limited to 6 people.

Shamanic Ceremony Blessing the Kites and Departed

Canada Thanksgiving Day Feast at Backpackers E-mail
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Cruisers at the Canada Thanksgiving Feast at Backpackers

October 26, 2015
Story and Photographs by Kitty and Jim Kenworthy

Sunday, October 11th, cruisers gathered for a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner, with all the trimmings, at the Backpackers restaurant. Sandy, of SV Bonnie fame, cooked the turkey, dressing, and homemade apple pie. Heather provided beautiful pumpkin pies with whipped cream topping. The dinner, with nearly 40 cruisers in attendance, was a wonderful success. The proceeds from this event all went to support the Casa Guatemala Children's Village, so it was a Thanksgiving in the truest sense of the form.

Heather Serves a Delicious Meal
Turkey and Dressing Prepared by Sandy of SV Bonnie

Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala E-mail
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Lago Atitlan, Solola
October 14, 2015
By Brenda Starr, Roving Reporter

Looking for a way to beat the heat and take a short vacation from life on the Rio? Then pack up your cares, your bags, and don't forget your camera---come to Panajachel.

Panajachel is located on Lake Atitlan in the province of Solola, Guatemala-- just west of Guatemala City. Lake Atitlan is well known for its three volcanoes and some suggest this site is the "eighth wonder of the world." Here you will see spectacular views of the volcanoes whether the skies are blue or whether there is a mist on the mountains.  Temperatures range between 70 to 80 degrees (F) during the day and 55 to 60 (F) at night.

ImagePanajachel, as well as several other small communities, are scattered around Lake Atitlan's  shores. There are numerous Mayan groups who not only live in the Solola province, but are also living throughout the temperate mountain and volcanic regions of central Guatemala. You will see several patches of farmland during your ride to the area and will understand where most of your vegetables come from for this country.

Panajachel's main street in town is Calle Santander. Here you will find most of the restaurants, hotels, bars, and internet cafes, along with a multitude of stalls selling Guatemalan tipico and souvenirs. Several lodgings/hotels are dotted all throughout the village, but if you wish to make special arrangements for lodging beforehand, do a Google search to find something that suits your needs.

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
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Deaths
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.

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