Discover the Mayan way of life along the Tatin River, and the generosity of the non-profit organization that made it all possible during this memorable visit to the Q'eqchi indigenous river community.
Depart the pier aboard a 30-passenger boat (fitted for 15), and proceed for the ride towards Rio Dulce; an area of exquisite natural beauty that serves as a sanctuary to a variety of aquatic birds and wildlife. Upon arrival, you will visit Ak' Tenamit, a Maya Q'eqchi community development located on the Tatin River.
Ak' Tenamit is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 by American visionary Steve Dudenhoefer. This successful volunteer-supported operation helps with the sustained development and recuperation of the Mayan culture within the Q'eqchi villages of Rio Dulce. Ak' Tenamit provides assistance to more than 9,000 people that were displaced as a result of land reform and violence stemming from the civil war of 1963-1996. These people have been relocated to 45 villages in this area.
Ak' Tenamit conducts programs on education, crafts, health, organic agriculture, eco-tourism, community development, gender equality, and more. Its headquarters is divided between the north side of the Rio Dulce Canyon, where the first school was built and a floating dental clinic is stationed, and the Tatin River, where an ecological footpath through the forest, arts and crafts shop, a restaurant and second school has been established. Ak' Tenamit uses computer-based tutorial learning to empower rural students to be successful in their own rural setting. During your visit, you will be served a local snack and have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs made by local artisans.
Next, you will continue across the river to the opposite bank, and sail past a mangrove lagoon and water lilies for an opportunity to learn how Q'eqchi villagers live. En route, you will see the headquarters on the north side of the Rio Dulce Canyon.
Following your visit, you will proceed to Livingston's Villa Caribe Hotel for lunch accompanied by a performance of Garifuna music and dancing. After lunch, you will embark the boat for the return ride to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a 30-minute walk in the jungle over uneven surfaces and there are some steep steps to negotiate. Embarking the small boats requires guests to be agile enough to bend and climb, and endure a bumpy boat ride. Guests may get wet during the boat ride. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair.