Lake Izabal is the largest lake in Guatemala.
It is connected to the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean by
the wonderous body of water called Rio Dulce (sweet river).
Rio Dulce is composed of the Golfette which eventually turns
into the brackish water at the mouth of the river at the shores
of Livingston, a unique Garifuna Village.
The Maya inhabit the izabal region for at
least 1000 years before the Spanish set foot on the shores
of the new world. The Maya inhabited the Izabal region for
probably a few thousand years before the first exploratory
visits by the Spanish. The site of Quirigua is only an hour
away from Rio Dulce. Quirigua was a satellite city-state to
Copan (just across the border with Honduras). Quirigua flourished
during the classical period of the Maya (300AD to 800AD)
The written history of Rio Dulce is an intrique
of Spanish conquests and priate invasions. The Castillo de
San Felipe was built by the Spanish in