Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.
Currently, four cruise companies include Santo Tomas de Castilla in their schedule including Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Silversea Cruise Line and Holland America Line. Cruise ship passengers visit Guatemala mostly for its Maya culture, spread throughout the country. Its proximity to historical sites and unspoiled landscapes made it particularly appealing to cruise ship lines .Other shore excursions that honor the authenticity of this marvelous Caribbean destination, including trips to the virgin jungles of Rio Dulce Canyon, the natural spring reserve of Las Escobas, the Mayan community in Ak’Tenamit, and the town of Livingston.
Santo Tomas de Castilla Things to Do
Quirigua Archaeological National Park
The Quirigua Archaeological National Park, about 55 miles from the cruise pier is located on the plains of the Motagua River, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with imposing Mayan ruins dating back to 200 A.D. The ruins include the biggest stelae found in the Mayan world, and offer views of the surrounding flora.
Beware of strong currents, riptides, and undertow along Guatemala’s Pacific Coast beaches. They pose a serious threat to even the strongest swimmers. Signs warning of treacherous surf are rare and confined mostly to private beaches owned by hotels. Lifeguards are rarely present on beaches.
A Naval Base and the Belgian Cemetery can be located on the main streets of Santo Tomas de Castilla.
Some of the waterfalls found in and around Santo Tomas have been compared to those in the lush state of Hawaii or country of Dominica, and guests flock to them en masse to jump from rock formations and bathe in the cool, clear waters.
Las Escobas Trails
Las Escobas Trails is located within the protected Natural Reserve of the San Gil Hill and run by a non-profit organization called FUNDAECO. Their main goal is the sustainable development of the site and the local communities.