The visitors were welcomed at the fortress of Santa Barbara, Guaymoreto lagoon, the historic centre of Trujillo, the tomb of the filibuster William Walker and the field of the sea Zoo, among others.
During their stay, tourists interacted with Garifuna dance groups, bought handicrafts and enjoyed fine cuisine based on seafood.
“Trujillo is a surprising place. Its beauty is admirable,”said a tourist of Ecuadorian origin, who was accompanied by her infant son.
At about 6 p.m. visitors returned to the boat and 11 o’clock, continued its crossing through the Honduran Caribbean. Next Monday the Yorktown will again visit Trujillo with a new group of tourists.
“We are very happy with the arrival of this cruise ship in our Bay. We welcome the tourist and our opportunity to show them a great time in our region”; José Antonio Laínez, Mayor of Trujillo.
The company that owns the Yorktown has a special itinerary, which involves flying into Honduras and landing at the Ramon Villeda Morales Airport in San Pedro Sula.
They are then transported to Puerto Cortes, where they board the ship and begin their week long cruise with port calls at Roatan, Cayos Cochinos, Trujillo and some small islands of Belize and Guatemala. Finally they return to Puerto Cortes and are transported back to San Pedro Sula airport for their return home by air.
7 Night Cruise sailing from Puerto Cortes roundtrip aboard Yorktown.
The Caribbean coastline of Honduras, Belize and Guatemala is both astonishingly beautiful and unspoiled. This is an ideal area to be explored by a small ship such as Yorktown. On this voyage to seldom-visited islands, ports, and sites, we will explore the wonders of lush rain forests and their rich wildlife, and ancient Maya sites, swim at pristine white-sand beaches, and snorkel in crystal-clear waters to discover the astonishing marine life of the reefs that surround the places we will visit. All in all, this is the perfect winter getaway to places few travelers have seen.
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PUNTA GORDA | LUBAANTUN | SNAKE CAYS, Belize
Arrive in the morning at Belize’s Punta Gorda. Drive inland to explore Lubaantun, a Late Classic Maya center that thrived between a.d. 730 and a.d. 890. Lubaantun’s remains include five main plazas, eleven major structures, three ball courts, and other edifices. The visitor center displays artifacts excavated at the site. Spend the afternoon at the nearby Snake Cays, swimming and snorkeling.
LA CEIBA, Honduras
Bustling La Ceiba will be our base for exploring the most important attractions of this region. Choices will include the Pico Bonito National Park, a vast rain forest with its 20 rivers and abundant wildlife, including howler and spider monkeys, armadillos, tigrillos, and many bird species; and the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, a major wetland and mangrove lagoon that is home to a rich wildlife. There will also be the opportunity to go rafting on the Cangrejal River and kayaking on the Cacao Lagoon.
ROATAN, Bay Islands
Roatan’s glory is its superb beaches and reef that stretches for almost 70 miles, providing unparalleled swimming and snorkeling opportunities. Our exploration of Roatan includes visits to the Institute for Marine Sciences, with its exhibitions of marine life and geology of the island, the Carambola Botanical Gardens, whose native trails are lined with tropical plants and flowers, and the Tropical Treasures Bird Park, which is home to scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, and other birds. Also enjoy swimming at the whitesand beaches of the West End and snorkeling at the surrounding reef.
In 1502, Columbus landed at the spot where Trujillo was founded 22 years later, becoming one of the earliest Spanish settlements in Central America. Explore Trujillo and some of its colonial buildings, including the 16th-century Santa Barbara Fortress. Also visit the Campo del Mar Nature Park, with its native flora and fauna, and enjoy swimming and snorkeling at the beautiful white-sand beach that lines the park. Discover the area’s wildlife by exploring the Guaymoreto Lagoon and the Capiro y Calentura National Park on Mt. Calentura, which looms some 4,000 feet above Trujillo.
Call at the unspoiled Cayos Cochinos, consisting of two small islands and thirteen tiny, lush islets that are a protected marine park. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water that surrounds this small archipelago. Also hike on Cochinos Mayor, the main islet in the group. On nearby Cayo Chachahuate, visit a small Garifuna village, where we will be greeted by a traditional drumming and dancing ceremony.
SANTO TOMAS DE CASTILLA, Guatemala | QUIRIGUA | PUERTO CORTES, Honduras
Yorktown will dock in the morning at the port town of Santo Tomas de Castilla. Drive to Quirigua, an ancient Maya center that was founded around 200 a.d., and flourished in the eighth century a.d. Quirigua is famous for its huge stelae and altars that are covered with some of the finest carvings in the Maya world. Alternatively, visit the Castillo de San Felipe, a well preserved fortress built by the Spanish in the 17th century. Return to the ship and spend the afternoon cruising to Puerto Cortes, where Yorktown will arrive in the evening.
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