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Towards the Carribean coast, the landscape becomes flatter and greener.
The most western part of Guatemala on the borders of the lake Izabal and the Rio Dulce is tropical rainforest, that is part of a bigger system including the coastal areas of Honduras and Belize.
The biodiversity is enormous. You can hear monkeys howl in the dense forest, where also jaguars and tapirs are still wandering around. The amount of birds is spectacular.
Apart from a cluster of villages around Rio Dulce, where the lakes gets smaller and forms a river that runs to the coast, there are only tiny maya settlements aliong the river that you can only reach by boat. It is a spectacular boat trip to Livingstone on the Carribbean coast, where the only black Guatemalans, the Garifuda, are living.

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