We were informed that we would be “tendered” to shore today. This means that the cruise ship can not get close enough to shore to allow the passengers to walk along a pier to the mainland. So, small boats, like water Taxis, come out to the cruise ship to bring the passengers to shore. This was about a thirty minuet boat ride across very choppy waters. Once on the mainland, we were immediately placed in another boat to began our tour of the Rio Dulce and the little town of Livingston. Rio Dulce is a river that goes from the Caribbean Sea deep into the jungles of Santo Tomas. And to the lives of the people that live in this jungle. We rode about an hour inland, and then stopped at a little village. The houses were all built on stilts over the water. As soon as we got to the pier, little children paddled up to our boat in their hand carved wooden canoes, with little animals that they had caught that morning. Crabs, turtles, a parrot. All hoping for a dollar for their little catch of the day. One boy had even picked a bouquet of water lilies. I examined each little child’s animal, took their pictures, and then headed into the house of “Maria”. She was busy making tortillas over a wood fire. She offered in Spanish to teach us, and I quickly volunteered myself. She already had the dough mixed up, so she gave me a little ball and showed me how to flatten it. It was more like a flat bread than what we would call a tortilla, but it was still good to eat. After shaping it, I laid it alongside hers on the little stove she was cooking on, and then after it cooked, we spread a butter-like substance over it, put on a scoop of fish ,rolled it up and ate it.
Mouth of the Rio Dulce
A baby crib in Maria’s kitchen
You can even buy Coke here!
A little boy running the store.
Blankets for sale.
Cooking the tortillas
Maria at work in her kitchen.
The little girl who stole my heart!