Category Archives: Izabal

Izabal is one of the 22 departments of Guatemala. Its coastal areas form part of the homeland of the Garifuna people.

Izabal is bordered to the north by Belize, to the north east by the Gulf of Honduras, and to the east by Honduras, and by the Guatemalan departments of Petén to the north west, Alta Verapaz to the west, and Zacapa to the south.

The department of Izabal surrounds Lago Izabal (or Lago de Izabal), Guatemala’s largest lake (about 48 km long and 24 km wide, with an area of about 590 km²). The Spanish Colonial fort of San Felipe, now a Guatemalan national monument, overlooks the point where the lake flows into the Río Dulce.

The small town of Izabal is on the south shore of the lake; before the construction of the ports of Livingston and Puerto Barrios in the 19th century this was Guatemala’s main Caribbean Sea port and was the original seat of Izabal department; nowadays, however, Izabal town is a remote village that gets little traffic.

From the area around Lake Izabal, the Department of Izabal stretches along the Río Dulce to the coast of the Caribbean Sea.

The department of Izabal includes the ports of Puerto Barrios (the departmental seat), Santo Tomás de Castilla, Livingston and Guatemala’s free trade zone Zolic. Izabal also includes the Pre-Columbian Maya ruins of Quirigua.

Guatemala Tourism Rio Dulce Tangerines

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Guatemala Tourism Rio Dulce Seafood Soup

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Guatemala Tourism Rio Dulce House

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Guatemala Tourism Rio Dulce Fronteras River Front Hut

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Guatemala Tourism Rio Dulce Beans Spices

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Guatemala Tourism Rio Dulce Fronteras Cayuco

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Guatemala Tourism United Nations Ruta de los Baktunes

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Guatemala Tourism Wetlands

Tourism and Wetlands GUATEMALAN WETLANDS PROMOTED AS TOURIST ALTERNATIVES GUATEMALA, Feb 4 (NNN-Prensa Latina): The National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) promotes Guatemala’s seven wetlands as tourist alternatives Guatemala’s seven wetlands – Laguna de Calderas, Lake Ipala, Laguna Lachuá, Manchón-Guamuchal, … Continue reading

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Where Guatemala Tourism Quiriguá Reconstructive Work Completed

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