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7 Altars of Izabal

3 reviews of 7 Altars of Izabal


the original paradise

It's only about an hour from the Seven Altars to Livingston Beach, and I recommend it. There is hardly ever anyone on the road, and the road borders the Caribbean. Unfortunately some currents bring a lot of rubbish to shore (or maybe it's that people throw a lot of garbage in the ocean? Both are very likely!). The magic of the falls of Seven Altars is that according to the season they change completely. In dry season (october-march/april) the pools are empty, between the first and the last they're usually full of water where you can bathe in the woods. During the rainy season (April to October) there are indeed seven waterfalls pouring water into the pools, and the current is quite strong - you can see the difference in the pictures: The 2nd season is rainy, the other dry season.

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7 Altars of Izabal

7 Altars is a succession of seven freshwater pools, which are in the Caribbean Sea near Livingston. From the centre of Livingston, you can walk along the beach to the sea, and after 40 minutes you will reach the entrance. The temperature is usually around 30 degrees and the water is 20-25 degrees. We walked barefoot, being careful not to slip! Deeper in the jungle is the last pool, the deepest and ideal for a good swim around the rocks that surround it. A little place at the port of entry offers basic food, drinks and Garifuna (fried plantains, fish stock, rice and beans) near the waterfalls though there is very little space to sit and eat.

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Javi Soto

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