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Replica of the Caravel Niña

Historical Background:

This half size replica of the famous discovery vessel used by Christopher Columbus for his expedition to America it is very similar to the smaller and very agile brigantines use by the conquistadors Hernán Cortes and Francisco Montejo for conquering the Yucatan peninsula at the beginning of the 16th century.
She was built in Puerto Progreso, Mexico, by mexican shipwrights, carefully researched and detailed to make her look much like the original vessel, integrating all of the modern life and safety-commodities required by law, without loosing the original historical ambiance on board which makes her fit so nicely into the historical culture of this region.
In spring 2001 The NIÑA was commissioned and together with her sister ship the PINTA, fully rigged, and decorated to figure in the TV documentary "Conquistadors" produced by the TLC and Discovery Channel were she showed an amazing performance under her historical sails build for this occasion by Shokker-sails in the Netherlands.

Technical specifications "NIÑA": 

Length OA

10.50 Mts. Displacement 14 tons
Beam: 3.10 Mts. Propulsion: Motor and sails
0.90 Mts.
Type of ship: Caravel construction-year 1979
Speed: 8-9 knots    
Sails: Lateen Caravel with Main and Mizzen
Motor: Perkins marine diesel 78 HP
Crew: 1 Captain 1 sailor 1 guide
Capacity Maximum 32 Passengers:

VHF Radio,first-aid kit, life jackets, Fire ext.

Departures from:  Marina Hacienda del Mar

Snorkel-tour to the reef of Punta Nitzuc, Isla Mujeres or Contoy. Charters for special Nature or bird watching expeditions.(The boat is very silent and blends into nature) Weddings


Aqualodge housboat in Spanish

For reservations and information call or write us: 
Telephone: 0052 (998) 8-84-53-33 / 8-84-18-98
Fax: 0052 (998) 8-87-12-83 sales@kolumbustours.com  
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Caravel NIña sail swifly before the wind only under her latin  Main
Discovery / Learning Chanel  Spring 2001