Livingston, on Guatemala's Caribbean coast, is reached by boat along the Rio Dulce. Teeming with wild life, especially birds, the river is also home to small communities of Maya Indians. Livingston itself is a Garifuna town, where blacks from the Caribbean islands were moved by their slave owners. So the town has a Caribbean feel to it, even though a local Garifuna leader laments the decline in influence of the Garifuna as Mayans and Spanish Guatemalans moved into Livingston to flee the 36 year civil war, changing the nature of the town in the process.
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