Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dulce River and Lake Golfete

Dulce River

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Río Dulce

Wildlife of Rio Dulce in Guatemala
OriginLake Izabal
Basin countriesGuatemala (Izabal)
Length43 km
Source elevation88 m
Mouth elevation0 m (Caribbean Sea)
Río Dulce ("Sweet River") is a river in Guatemala, completely contained within the department of Izabal. It is part of a lake and river system that has become a popular cruising sailboat destination.
The river begins at the point where it flows out of Lake Izabal. At the entrance to the river there is a small Spanish colonial fort, theCastillo de San Felipe, built to stop pirates entering the lake from the Caribbean when this part of Central America was an important shipping staging point.
Just after the river flows from Lake Izabal it is spanned by one of the biggest bridges in Central America. On one side of the bridge is the town of Fronteras, commonly referred to by the name Río Dulce, the local center of commerce for the area. On the other side isRellenos. Fronteras has a local vegetable market, attracting locals from the countryside who arrive in dugout canoes. Most of these boats are powered with Japanese outboard motors but many come to market day paddling these cayucos by hand.
From Fronteras the river flows east for a couple of miles. In this stretch there are several marinas and resorts. The river then flows into a long narrow lake called El Golfete. This lake has an island and a large natural anchorage. A few houses and a couple of small businesses line the shore. El Golfete is about 10 miles (16 km) long and a couple of miles wide.
From El Golfete the river meanders for six miles (10 km) in a spectacular gorge. The sides of the gorge rise up to 300 feet (91 m) on either side and are covered with teakmahogany and palms. Wild flowers bloom throughout the foliage and howler monkeys andtoucans can be seen. Waterfalls flow over the lip of the gorge after rainfall.
The river enters the Caribbean Sea near the Garifuna town of Livingston.



[edit]Río Dulce National Park

Río Dulce National Park(Parque Nacional Río Dulce)
Official name: Parque Nacional Río Dulce
LandmarkDulce River
Elevation90 m (295 ft)
Coordinates15°44′51″N 88°52′20″W
Lowest point0
Area130 km² (50 sq mi)
FoundedAcuerdo Gubernativo 28-05-55, 23-08-88,182-93

The Río Dulce National Park is located in the department of Izabal in Guatemala. The park covers an area of 130 km2[1] along the banks of the Dulce river and the El Golfete.

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El Golfete

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El Golfete
View of the western side of the Golfete Dulce.
Coordinates15.7281°N 88.8807°WCoordinates15.7281°N 88.8807°W
Primary inflowsRío Dulce
Primary outflowsRío Dulce
Basin countriesGuatemala
Surface area62 km²[1]
Surface elevation0 m
El Golfete is a long narrow lake in Guatemala. It lies at sea level and is connected by the Dulce River from Lake Izabal draining to the Amatique Bay which is lies in the Caribbean Sea.


  1. a b INSIVUMEH"Indice de lagos". Retrieved 2008.