Guide to Trujillo, Honduras for tourists, travelers, and investors
for hotels, restaurants, adventure, rental villas and houses,
and real estate sales for beachfront and beachview properties
on the Caribbean.
Trujillo lies on the “north” coast of Honduras at the foot of Mounts Capira and Calentura on a small bluff overlooking the beautiful and expansive bay of Trujillo. Those of us from the U. S. think of Central America as having an east (Caribbean) and west (Pacific) coast, but if you look at the map you will understand that a great deal of the Caribbean coast of Honduras runs east/west and in reality faces due north.
Behind the historic town of Trujillo (area population approximately 30,000), rise Mounts Capira and Calentura to an elevation slightly exceeding 4,000 feet. Luckily the mountains have been made a national park and have received some funding (mainly from Canada) that has insured some level of protection. The historic downtown encompasses only a dozen or so blocks, a cathedral, central plaza, historic Spanish fort, and unrenovated buildings of early Spanish and nineteenth century French colonial derivation. Hopefully, the powers that be in Honduras and Trujillo will insure that the appealing historic ambience of the city will be preserved and enhanced. Unfortunately, the Glynn family has purposely taken the roof off of one of the most historic structures on the square, the old Hotel Central, and allowed the centuries old adobe structure underneath to dissolve. The Honduras Department of History and Anthropology did not intervene and mandate preservation of this important structure, so it is now gone and has been replaced by a cinder block building with pvc columns. Let's hope that more attention is paid to the historic center of Trujillo in the future.
At the foot of the Spanish fort on the bluff is the lovely sand beach of Trujillo Bay. Numerous thatched roofed “champas” serve food, drinks and music. On the waters of the bay are few motorized boats except for the twice weekly banana boats of Dole visiting the modern harbor of Puerto Castillo eight miles across the bay. You will see most mornings, however, numerous Garifuna fishermen in their wind and paddle-powered dugout canoes, either fishing with hand lines or diving for conch and lobster. After the winds kick up at about 10:00 or 11:00 each morning, the bay is mostly deserted.
Just to the east of Trujillo on the “arm” of the bay is the Guaimoreto Lagoon. Also a protected area and national park, the lagoon, as well as Mounts Capira and Calentura are protected and directed by a quasi-independent foundation, FUCAGUA. The current chief of FUCAGUA is Hector Emilio Ávila, and he may be found (phone no.:434-4294 ) at the FUCAGUA office on the road to the Villa Brinkley Hotel about five or six blocks up from the center of town on the left. They are currently working hard to use the new funding recently received to genuinely protect the lagoon and the forests of the mountains. Please check with them before hiking in the mountains. They may have some current information they can depart.
Hopefully the government will, in the near future, add additional acres along the coastal mountain range to the park system before it is too late. Deforestation is proceeding at a fearful pace in unprotected areas as “campesinos” burn the trees on the steep slopes and create “milpas” to plant corn and beans in the ashes, only to move on the next year and repeat the process. Sometimes you can see an area that was obviously cleared year after year by one “family” with the successive growth of scrub palms that follows. Perhaps the incipient ecological and historic tourism growth, and the presence of new beach and beach-view homes in the area, will provide the needed boost to the economy so that deforestation becomes unacceptable and uneconomic.
West of Trujillo on a dirt road that is easily accessible except for a few days during the worst of the rainy season, are the picturesque Garifuna villages of Santa Fe, San Antonio, and Guadeloupe. On the way to Santa Fe you will pass Playa del Marquéz, a controlled development on twenty acres on the beach. The owners are selling lots on the beach and on the nice hill behind the beach. Water and power have been brought to the property, and an attractive two-story gate house in the Spanish style has been erected. Just beyond Playa del Marquéz is Tres Conchas, where the intrepid German/American expat, Birke Campbell has about sold out her development of about the same size. Further down the beach a Canadian has sold out his property in two acre parcels, and several large houses have already been built. As you near Santa Fe, gates on your right announce the entrance of a time-share resort under construction. In early 2008 a new development has started on the road to Santa Fe, just above Campamento. They are building roads for residences that will be on the hills with great sea views. See the “News” page for more information.