Barrios Cristales is the corner of Trujillo that never sleeps. It’s home to the local Garifuna culture which is well known for its unique dances, food and traditions. Every second Sunday of the month there is a traditional Garifuna mass in theSan Juan Bautista church at 6:30 p.m. You can buy a wide variety of Garifuna artisan items in La Negra, Artesma and Gariate. On the beach at Hotel Coco Pando, you can learn how to dance the punta, play drums, and have your hair braided. Or try the renowned conch ceviche in their Wanichigu restaurant, distinguishable by its typical Garifuna design.
Santa Fe, San Antonio and Guadalupe are three Garifuna communities not far from Trujillo, where you can enjoy secluded beaches and experience village life. For a real treat, have lunch at “Caballero’s” (or Pete’s Place as known to some) inSanta Fe. Caballeros is a much celebrated eatery with enormous seafood platters. Try their “El Preparado” cocktail (also known as Pete’s Special) or a zesty shot of their homemade liquor, guifity.
Down the road at Casabe Docha, you can see how casabe, a traditional Garifuna bread, is made from yucca. (Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat 11 a.m to 4 p.m.) Learn about the Pech culture by visiting THE PECH CULTURAL CENTRE in the community of Moradel, three kilometres from Trujillo on the road to Tocoa. There visitors can depart for a hike to the top of Cerro Moradel, with breathtaking views of Trujillo and the Laguna.
Trujillo is the gateway for visiting La Mosquitia, the largest and most biologically diverse protected area in Central America, where numerous ethnic villages still preserve their ancestral ways of life. Pickup trucks leave from the town of Corocito every morning at 7:00 and 8:00 a.m for Batalla. Stop by the Tourism Office for more information.