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Puerto Barrios

Puerto Barrios is a port city that serves as a landing point for nearby attractions such as LĂ­vingston, the Punta de Manabique Wildlife reserve, the Mayan ruins of QuĂ­rigua and the RĂ­o Dulce. Once Guatemala's main Caribbean shipping port, the town is named for President Justo Rufino Barrios, a reformist leader who initiated construction in the 1880s. A railroad linking Puerto Barrios to Guatemala City was finished in 1908, and the area become the shipping center for United Fruit Company, the former plantation-owning banana giant.

In the 1970s, United Fruit was sold to Del Monte and one of the worst earthquakes in the history of Guatemala destroyed most of the port facilities at Puerto Barrios. A twin port town was constructed across the bay to the southwest: Santo Tomás de Castilla. The area is still the main Caribbean seaport in Guatemala, mostly due to the fact it remains a hub for Dole and Del Monte.

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Other places nearby Puerto Barrios: Lake Izabal, Estanzuela, Jalapa, Livingston, RĂ­o Hondo, Rio Dulce, Around Puerto Barrios, Mariscos, Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce) and El Estor.







19 Aug 2010

Things to do in Puerto Barrios

Jardín Botánico Y Restaurante Ecológico El Hibiscus

The Hibiscus garden and restaurant, at Km 284 on the CA-9 highway before you arrive at Puerto Barrios, is a peaceful place to stop for a meal and an opportunity to shop for gifts, learn about ...
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Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

Quiriguá

141203 The town of Quiriguá is small and unremarkable. The only reason to come by here is perhaps to pick up transport or pass some time after visiting the ruins and before moving on – it is a ...
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Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
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