Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala Cruise Port
While cruising through the Yucatan Peninsula, explore the modern cruise port of Santo Tomas de Castilla, located just to the southwest of Puerto Barrios in Guatemala. The natives are humble, polite and very hospitable, the hills around the cruise port are exceptional, the flora and fauna of Las Escobas Waterfalls are magnificent and the Mayan ruins at Tikal are a living testimony to a culture that once flourished is a dynamic way. As one of the most important port cities in Guatemala, Santo Tomas de Castilla has had it fair share of colonial influence, especially in the 1840s when Belgian settlers called in home for long periods of time. On your cruise to Santo Tomas de Castilla, take time out to sample the modest ruins at Quiriguá which include fine sculptures representing significant treasures from ancient Mesoamerica.
Book one or more of these shore excursions on your cruise to Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala:
The jungle setting and remoteness of the Mayan ruins at Tikal are meant to be experienced in person, not in books! In the heart of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization, a fascination to modern civilization and enjoyable tourist destination for curious minds. It was inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and is considered Guatemala’s most famous cultural and natural preserve. Climb up to the highest accessible temple, Temple IV for a panoramic view of this mystical archaeological site.
The Rio Dulce port was a very important trading post in its time, so the Spanish monarchy though it a good idea to protect the area by building a mighty fort only accessible by land via a drawbridge. A long walk from the main road leads straight to Castillo San Felipe, a 16th century fort with breathtaking views of Lake Izabal, lush picnic areas and a restaurant on-site.