Tortugal - Hotel & Marina
Río Dulce, or "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, the Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, 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. Fronteras has a local vegetable market, attracting locals from the countryside who arrive in dugout canoes...
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About Mayan Spirituality
Mayan spirituality is not a religion. It is a practice that works synchronistically with the sacred Mayan Calendar. It is a practice used all throughout the land of the Maya in Central America. Since the Spanish arrived they labelled Mayan spirituality as that of being taboo and devil worshipping. They were persecuted for years for having their traditional beliefs. Now they are reemerging to share with the world the truth of their spirituality which they say has no prejudices, and is a peaceful practice to pray with all of the elements, to make an offering to mother earth and to be more aware of the cycles of nature. To the Maya their spirituality is sacred and now is the time they come forward to heal the divide that has been created over time through mass speculation of who they are as a peoples.
Manataka American Indian Council
"Manataka has been known for a millennium as the "Place of Peace" where all people come in peace and love. Even though people of many tribes came together here on a regular basis, the focus of their gathering was not trading material things that is assumed by government and academic historians. To the contrary, the purpose of their meeting here was to demonstrate a loving spirituality for the sake of their children's children." ~Lee Standing Bear Moore, December 2013.