Livingston Town, Entrance of Rio Dulce, Guatemala
The town of Livingston is by the entrance of Rio Dulce (Meaning ‘Freshwater River’ in English) in Guatemala. We hired an agent (Cost: 300 Quetzals = US$40) to clear Customs and Immigration (Cost 1000 Quetzals = about US$133, good for 90 days) in Livingston. The clearance process took about an hour without having any visit from the officials (Customs, Immigration, Police/Navy, Health Department, and Port Captain). Later, we spoke to other people who didn’t hire an agent and did the process by themselves. They had a visit from the officials and enjoyed talking with the officials on their boat, answering a few simple questions. By not hiring an agent, we could have saved US$40 but we preferred to let the agent take care of it “as we were smuggling a Giraffe, a small Walrus, drugs, guns, money, nuclear material, biological weapons, terrorists, illegal aliens, porno movies, sex slaves, booze, Ebola, and flesh eating bacteria. By paying $40 to an agent, no one investigated our illegal smuggling operation and now John wants to import more things to Guatemala. Specifically next time he wants to bring in carnivorous human eating space aliens and see if anyone notices.” (John’s Phrase)
Staying overnight at the anchorage of Livingston, I enjoyed watching the fishermen. They go out at night and come back very early in the morning. By 6am, there are many small boats waiting to buy fish directly from the fishing boats. In the sky, there were countless hungry birds ready for breakfast from the fishing boats. I asked a local if I can buy fish from them. He told me that they are shrimping not fishing boats. When I went to the pier around 9am, all the fishermen were already gone. I saw a lady who was transporting shrimp with a three wheeled bicycle, so I bought all of her shrimp. (20 Quetzals/pound = US$3) The sizes were all mixed large and small together. It couldn’t be fresher. I plan on buying a lot more when before we leave Livingston, Guatemala on our way to Key West, Florida.