Buenas Cosas opened November 2011 offering social development based on the proven principles of permaculture. Our first year we provided 6,820 kilometers of bicycle tours, 512 hours of English classes, planted 360 trees and 242 organic veggie gardens, raised 36 chickens and 5 goats, brought hundreds of participants from 28 different countries into Buenas Cosas’ Partner Communities, benefiting 1500 Guatemalan families and dozens of locally-owned small businesses.


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During its first year, Buenas Cosas permaculture social development projects removed more than a ton of garbage from our Partner Communities, opened two Community Centers, provided the first nonprofit ecotours to Tikal, el Mirador and shared adventures around beautiful Lake Peten Itza with travelers and volunteers. With the support of our Advisory Board, Partner Communities and hundreds of travelers and volunteers, Buenas Cosas’ first year of permaculture-based social development was a success.


20 Partner Communities


Today Buenas Cosas serves 20 Partner Communities and 5,000 families / 30,000 rural poor. Buenas Cosas’ sustainable social development projects are built from the the ground-up with a functional respect for local cultures, traditions and values. Our focus is ecotourism, voluntourism, Spanish lessons and the unique offerings in shopping with compassion. We love Peten, the largest state in Guatemala. We cherish its ancient rich Maya heritage, pyramids, ruins, temples, rivers, lakes, caves, plants, animals and of course the wonderful people of Peten (Peteneros) who live surrounded by the largest tropical rain forest in Central America – birthplace of the Maya.



Buenas Cosas is an association of Guatemalan women (the Directiva), a registered Guatemalan nonprofit and a pending 501c3 (EIN 98-1073519) — an association of family, friends and neighbors who serve community and nature. Every cent that enters Buenas Cosas goes directly to our permaculture projects to cultivate more Good Things = Buenas Cosas = sustainable social development. We live and love permaculture.


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The Directiva is mentored by our experienced and talented Advisory Board. Together, with assistance from our donors, travelers and volunteers, we serve our Partner Communities through and an array of ecotour and volunteer projects. Buenas Cosas is about people working together to make a real difference in the world – serving communities and nature in Guatemala.

Traveler and Volunteer testimonials

Join Buenas Cosas in Peten Guatemala and we’ll all grow stronger from the experience. We are honored to share our practice of permaculture social development with travelers and volunteers. We hope you have some permaculture knowledge to share with us too. Stay with a kind and generous Guatemalan family, experience real Guatemalan hospitality. Visit Peten and we’ll gratefully share our unique adventures in the cradle of Maya civilization. Study Spanish with one of our friendly, happy and motivated language study partners. Volunteer in Guatemala and grow your passion for making our world a better place. Shop, grab a Maya hammock, Maya chair or some wild-crafted Maya jungle supplements. Support the good things Buenas Cosas is doing in Guatemala.


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power,
the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix


We offer two ways to access all our groovy stuff in Guatemala, as Traveler or Volunteer

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