The Sweetest River
"We anchored Ithaka at the fork of one of the small rivers feeding the Rio, the Rio Tatin, in front of the Ak'Tenamit Project, where we spent a few weeks volunteering at their school and clinic. Each day the poky traffic of river life enveloped Ithaka - Indian children rowing their carved-out cayucos to school; Q'eqchi women washing piles of clothes against the rocks; fishermen standing in colorful dugouts, drifting with the tide, folding their great cast nets over their arms, whirling back like shot putters, then letting'em rip. At the end of every day, we dinghied to the natural hot spring bubbling from the limestone near shore, and soaked in the steaming fresh water. Anchoring along the banks of the river is safe wherever there's activity -- such as at Ak'Tenamit, or in front of any of the marinas upriver, or if you're in company with other boats, but it's best not to anchor alone; petty theft has been a problem for isolated yachts."
(Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 9, 2004 )
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