Description: Barra Lámpara is a small fishing community on the banks of the Río Dulce, which flows from Lake Izabal into the Gulf of Honduras and gives its name to the Río Dulce national park.
Several years ago the indigenous Tiwal Há association was founded here (its name means hot water in the Queqchi language). It concentrates mostly on fishing and tourism, working to increase the economic possibilities for its 30 members. The community members fish artisanally with hooks, a method allowed within the national park's waters. The fishermen's wives cook the catch for tourists in the eco-friendly structure built along the river on community-managed land.
The association is one of the founders of the Izabal department's tourism self-management community committee, formed of nine indigenous organizations from the region, part of a project coordinated by the Italian NGO Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP).