Until recently, there were no organized tours of Puerto Barrios, as it’s not really a major stop on the tourism circuit. With the installation of a new cruise-ship terminal across the bay fronting the port town, however, there is now at least one option for organized tours.
Antigua-based Chiltepe Tours (7a Calle Poniente #15, Centro Comercial El Búcaro, Antigua, tel. 5907-0913) is a Gray Line affiliate offering Unimog (military-style open-sided truck) tours of Puerto Barrios for $34 per adult or $29 per child.
The price includes two beverages of your choice, including frosty beer to beat the heat. It also does jeep transfers from the cruise-ship dock to Río Las Escobas.
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