The oldest, most historic port town of the Honduran Caribbean coast, Trujillo is bathed in miles of beautiful white sand beaches and natural hot springs. Trujillo is home to the native Garifuna, Miskito and Pech cultures; enveloped by the raw and exotic beauty of the Capiro-Calentura National Park and the Guaimoreto Lagoon Wildlife Reserve. Trujillo is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered.
Interesting Trujillo Facts
Trujillo was an important part of providing a name for the country of Honduras, as the “word” Honduras is one of the first words for the region to appear on a map in the second decade of the 16th century. It was applied to the Bay of Trujillo. Many believe Honduras means fondura, and gets its origin from a Leonese language word meaning anchorage. It was not until the end of the 16th century that Honduras was used for the whole province. Prior to 1580, Honduras referred to the eastern part of the province, and Higueras (Higueras – a reference to the gourds that come from the Jicaro tree, many of which were found floating in the waters off the northwest coast of Honduras) referred to the western part of the country. Honduras – literally means “depths” in Spanish. Columbus is traditionally quoted as having written “Gracias a Dios que hemos salido de esas Honduras” (English: “Thank God we have come out of those depths”) while along the northeastern coast of the Bay Islands. However, William Davidson notes that there is no form of this quotation in the primary documents of Columbus’s voyage, and that it in fact comes from accounts over a century later.
We have the pleasure of presenting you with information about local businesses providing tourist services and “what to do” highlights, as well as other relevant tourist information for this historic Honduran town.
What to do in Trujilo
Arriving in Trujillo, you will experience the warmth, hospitality and seaside charm of this costal location. Your time spent will prove to be an unforgettable experience. Be certain to visit the Trujillo Tourism Information Office, located in the plaza next to the historic Santa Barbara Fortress, where they will gladly provide you with complementary tourist information such as maps, brochures, Moskitia trip suggestions, and postcards for sale.
Have fun, and enjoy your vacation in the beautiful Caribbean coastal paradise of Trujillo.
Santa Barbara Fortress
Start off your visit to Trujillo with a tour of the Santa Barbara Fortress.
Built in 1575 to protect the port town (and Spain’s burgeoning colonial interests), the fortress offers impressive views of Trujillo bay. You can see informative exhibits daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A visit to Trujillo would not be complete without an architectural walking tour of the HISTORIC CENTRE. The town’s eclectic architecture is comprised of an interesting mix of its Spanish colonial past, English Victorian influence, and reminders of the BANANA REPUBLIC era. Visit the Tourism Office for information, or arrange a tour with Lucky Tours (2434-4140), located in the town centre. They offer guided tours in Spanish or Italian of both the fortress and the historic district, as well as local ecotourism excursions.
Uncover more traces of Trujillo’s colorful past at EL CEMENTERIO VIEJO (The Old Cemetery), where you will see tombstone styles that span the centuries. Be sure to find that of the infamous William Walker, an Indomitable North American, who in the 1850’s, made numerous attempts to conquer all of Central America.
For a typical seafood lunch, head to one of the many restaurants on the Municipal Beach just below Central Park. Don’t miss the RUFINO GALAN MUSEUM. It houses an impressive collection of prehistoric, colonial and contemporary artifacts (on Calle 18 de Mayo, past the large white tire to the left, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except when raining; nominal entry fee in lempiras). In the afternoon, snap some photos with the Christopher Columbus statue at the Municipal Lookout Point (behind the mayor’s office) before heading down to the Tourist Dock for one of Trujillo’s radiant sunsets.