Mexican Navy to allow visitors in Progreso to board the Cuauhtémoc

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The Mexican Navy’s Cuauhtémoc is currently docked in Veracruz but is expected to arrive in Progreso this Friday. Photo: Courtesy

The Mexican Navy will soon be docking the ARM Cuauhtémoc in Progreso and opening its decks to visitors. 

The Cuauhtémoc is a sailing training vessel used by the Mexican Navy to train recruits and, while built in the 1980s, traces its design back to the 1930s.

The ship is named after the last Aztec emperor, who was captured and executed in 1525.

Tickets and access to the buses which will take visitors on tour will be available at Progreso’s IX Naval Zone, on Calle 27 between 76 and 78.

On weekdays, the guided visits will begin Friday from noon to 2 p.m. and on the weekend from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. The last day of the tours is Monday.

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The guided visits will be limited to 120 people at a time, so it’s best to get there early if you are interested in going. 

The home port of the Cuauhtémoc is located in Acapulco Guerrero, and the ship has visited 212 ports in 64 countries. 

The ship has spent 5,862 days at sea and traversed 756,085 nautical miles. 

Aside from serving as a training vessel, the Cuauhtémoc is an ambassadorial ship and often makes appearances at events such as the ASTA Tall Ship Challenge, Sail Osaka, and Cutty Sark Tall Ship’s Races.

The Cuauhtémoc also carries out training exercises with its sister ships: Colombia’s Gloria, Ecuador’s Guayas and Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar.

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