Santo Tomas de Castilla, also famous as Matias de Galvez is a port city in Izabal Department, Guatemala. It is situated at Amatique Bay off Gulf of Honduras. Administratively, Santo Tomas de Castilla is part of Puerto Barrios.
During the 1840s Santo Tomas de Castilla was founded by Belgians in colonial enterprise after Rafael Carrera was supported by the European nation in his drive for country's independence. In 1843 the territory was authorized "in perpetuity" by the parliament of Guatemala to be administered by Compagnie belge de colonisation, private Belgian company protected by King Leopold I of Belgium. The Belgian company withdrew in 1854 because of financial losses.
During the early 1960s port of Santo Tomas de Castilla became the primary base for new Guatemalan Navy with admiral Manuel Sosa Avila being the first port commander.
A highway connects Santo Tomas de Castilla with Guatemala City. The port town is also served by a railroad, originally built by Banana Fruit Company. Because of lack of funds for maintenance, the country didn't operate the railroad. In 2006 it briefly operated again with American financing, but because of conflicts with the administration, American capital investors left the project.
The seaport of Santo Tomas de Castilla was built in 1976, following an earthquake that severely damaged Puerto Barrios port. Today it is one of the busiest Central American ports and currently enlarging. The port is situated next to Zona de Libre Industria y Comercio Santo Tomas de Castilla, a free trade zone called Zolic.
In 2004, a new cruise ship terminal was completed and the port city of Santo Tomas de Castilla started welcoming cruise ships. The cruise ship terminal was a great boost for the tourism industry in Guatemala. Four cruise ships per month, carrying 1,500 guests each, make a stop here. Cruisers visit Guatemala chiefly for the Mayan culture, with sites of it located throughout the country. The airport in Puerto Barrios handles small planes to transport cruise ship passengers for day trips to Tikal and other places in Guatemala. Main attractions include Lake Izabal, Rio Dulce, the towns of Livingston, Puerto Barrios and San Felipe Castle, Quirigua's Mayan ruins.
The Santo Tomas de Castilla cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala.
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Port Santo Tomas de Castilla cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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