Thursday, August 6, 2015

CA11- Trujillo, Honduras

At 6:15 this morning the ferry for Ceiba departed the dock, 5 minutes early.
This sign makes me wonder what people have realized that they left behind.  At almost 25$ each way it would be an expensive mistake.

At 9 am some colored peeps and I boarded a bus to Trujillo, Honduras.
The reason for the colored peeps will forever remain a mystery.

The bus ride was a little scary, there were lots of potholes that had to be swerved around (even though they seemed rather superficial) and there were lots of vehicles that had to be passed.  We even took out a side mirror on another bus, glass shattering to the ground as we continued on.
I was a little jealous of the driver's seat belt until I realized he was too clever for a seat belt, it is actually around the seat behind him.  
There were many reasons for my trip to Trujillo (it actually had to be worked into my itinerary as it was not originally planned, although desired).  1) Trujillo was founded in 1525.  2) Christopher Columbus landed here in 1502, his first time on the mainland of Central America. 3) Trujillo was the first capital of Honduras.

4) William Walker, my favorite antagonist, was shot (fusilado) and buried in Trujillo!

FYI the gate was closed, but not locked.

Cementerio Viejo is over 300 years old.  There are people buried here from Spain, France, and the Netherlands as Trujillo was an important port (and often raided by pirates for gold).

Fortaleza de Santa Barbara is the fort where Hondurans fought against William Walker in 1860.  US fillibuster William Walker had already taken over Nicaragua, ruled as president for a year and was eventually run out of the country (returning to the US) in 1857.  Three years later he came to Honduras, all in the hopes of creating a slave state, but was fought off, caught, and after a trial, executed.

The bus trip to Trujillo was over three hours long, each way.  The bus dropped me off at 12:30 in Trujillo, and the last bus returning back to Ceiba left at 3pm.  It didn't give me too much time, but enough.  I was happy that I worked this into my plans, because it was definitely off the beaten path.  
Where are all the William Walker devotees?
  I can't be the only one...

1 comment:

  1. I remember your love of William Walker from a previous trip. William Walker (May 8, 1824 – September 12, 1860) was an American physician, lawyer, journalist and mercenary, who organized several private military expeditions into Latin America, with the intention of establishing English-speaking colonies under his personal control, an enterprise then known as "filibustering." Walker usurped the presidency of the Republic of Nicaragua in 1856 and ruled until 1857, when he was defeated by a coalition of Central American armies. He was executed by the government of Honduras in 1860. Wild Dude.

    Love the chickies. The video showed all the colors.

    Wild about your driver. Like I said before, you've survived or you couldn't post.

    Exciting stuff. Keep it coming.


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