Nestled among the scenic Capiro-Calentura National Park on the northern coast of Honduras and established as the capital of the department of Colon, Trujillo is home to the first mainland cruise destination in Central America and is receiving more and more visitors than ever before. The town square of Trujillo, Parque Central, is positioned on a bluff overlooking the calm clear waters of Trujillo Bay. With its cobblestone streets, inviting benches and the cheerful yellow and white Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Parque Central is very warm and welcoming. While Trujillo may be small, it is a town rich with history.
Culture & history
The well-known and loved dreamer and explorer, Christopher Columbus, landed on the sandy shore of present-day Trujillo in 1502, during his fourth and final journey to the New World. It was his first time to set foot on the beautiful Central American mainland. Later settled by Spanish conquistadors loyal to Hernán Cortés in 1524, Cristóbal de Olid is recognized as the town’s founder. During the 17th and 18th Centuries, Trujillo and its citizens were the victims of frequent pirate attacks. In response to these continual attacks, citizens constructed the Fort of Santa Bárbara. With its large, intimidating cannons pointed outward over the bay, the fort is well intact today and is a popular tourist attraction.
Presently, the community of Trujillo is primarily comprised of the Native Pech Indians and the Garifuna or black Carib peoples. Down the beach from Trujillo, several Garifuna villages, including Santa Fe, decorate the coastline and paint a true picture of the fascinating Garifuna culture. From music and dance performances to fishing to traditional meals, Santa Fe is teeming with learned customs passed down through generations.
Sightseeing – Top 5 Things to See in the Bay
- Banana Beach Resort
- Fortaleza de Santa Bárbara
- Campo del Mar Nature Park
- Guaimoreto Lagoon Wildlife Refuge
- Garifuna village of Santa Fe