Idea #707 – Observing the unique biotope of Rio Dulce in Guatemala
Río Dulce is a tropical river of brackish water, ie sweet and salty, in Guatemala. Its length does not exceed 43 km, but it is the tributary of the largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Izabal. The main activity of the Rio Dulce territory is obviously linked to the river; its isolation in the primary forest has protected an exceptional biodiversity, protected by a lush jungle. If the waters are rich in crabs, oysters and many species of fish, the river is also a crossing point for many migratory birds such as large pelicans, white egrets, eagles, parrots Macaws … Among the animals from the Rio Dulce, you will see the Moreletti crocodile, some turtles, iguanas and manatee. At the entrance of Lake Izabal, a strategic gully is controlled by a fort established by the Spanish in the sixteenth century, the castello de Felipe de Lara. It is inscribed on the UNESCO Tentative List and remains an interesting testimony to pirate and privateer pressure on the shores of the New World.
Where is it ?
Rio Dulce, Guatemala