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Its name is derived from the Basque word “zabal” which means “wide or wide bay”. It was a district of the Corregimiento de Chiquimula until 1866. In addition to the Spanish language, Q’eqhi’ and Garífuna are also spoken. Folk dances are performed in at least 2 of its municipalities.
It is the perfect place to fish, dive, ski and practice all kinds of water sports or simply enjoy a good rest, surrounded by both natural and cultural beauties, in combination with visits to archaeological sites and contact with nature.
It is a mainly agricultural department that is mainly dedicated to the cultivation of bananas, rice, corn and fruits. It has a rich ecosystem in a warm climate, which promotes a large vegetation that serves as a habitat for various species, making this region a Caribbean of great natural beauty. Here the ports of Santo Tomás de Castilla and Puerto Barrios are located, where ships, cruisers and boats dock, which in turn cross different rivers such as Ciénega, Zarco, Polochic, Sarstún and Río Dulce.
The crafts made in this department are directly attached to the work they do, so we can observe fishing nets, we can also see handicrafts that are linked to their culture, such as jewelry, bracelets, key rings and earrings, where they use corozo, seeds and dyes to be able to make them.
Garífuna culture stands out for the joy of its drums and other instruments, used for dances and rituals, produced by themselves, so they have become a benchmark for the production of drums, maracas, snails, shells and whistles.
Castle of San Felipe de Lara
National Historic Monument, located at the mouth of the Rio Dulce, was erected to prevent the English pirates from entering the Guatemalan territory, since it had cannons that repelled these attacks that invaded the area, taking advantage of the country’s economic route. This monument served as a military center, prison and customs center and has also become one of the most important tourist sites in the area.
It has guided tours to appreciate the facilities that have been restored, boats that give tours in its surroundings and from the top of the tower you can enjoy beautiful views of the place.