The ‘Simón Bolívar’ Training Ship arrived from Venezuela to amaze dozens of locals and tourists in Progreso. From now until June 8th, they will have access to the fiscal pier to visit the vessel, which has traveled to countless countries.
Its arrival on the Yucatán coast took place at the first dock of the port terminal, where it opened its doors for a nighttime welcome by invited authorities.
The ship, located at one of the piers in this terminal, began its operations at nine in the morning. Buses were organized from the Casa de la Cultura to provide access to the ship for up to thirty people. The activity lasted at least until after four in the afternoon.
Upon arrival, the public is greeted by one of the 64 students who have been on a three-and-a-half-month journey, visiting several Latin American countries. They embark without any knowledge of their new home, as they learn everything about the ship’s operations through their classes.
“It’s an instruction that leaves you with lifelong learning. We take shifts at different times, although it’s not all schoolwork. We also have Sundays for thanksgiving Mass, sports activities, and a meal where we usually have a cream cake and chicha,” said one of the cadets, who only identified himself as Jhon B.
The nostalgia was present for several Venezuelans living in Yucatán, including Consuelo Romero, an elderly woman who has been living in the state for seven years. She decided to visit the ship to, as she described it, “feel at home again.”
“I felt like I was in Venezuela. This ship is absolutely beautiful, and the entire journey is filled with the beauty of my country. I was definitely overwhelmed with emotions because in a way, I miss my nation,” the grandmother expressed while showing her shirt with the colors of the Venezuelan flag and a coffee bag she acquired at the souvenir shop, to the lens of this publication.
Personnel in charge of ground transportation estimated that over 300 people boarded the ship. As known, this vessel will remain until June 8th, with its next destination being the port of Cartagena, Colombia.
It was also learned that on July 8th, the ship will return to its home country. Additionally, on July 24th, the national commemoration of the “Battle of Carabobo” takes place, which was a military action that occurred in 1821 and where the presence of these naval vessels is now essential.
Interested individuals can board a bus that will transport them to the port terminal. The bus picks up tourists at the Casa de la Cultura, located on 25th Street in the city center. Departures are at nine and eleven in the morning. During the afternoons, tours are reactivated at three and four in the afternoon.