Buenas Cosas in Petén Guatemala

NonProfit, Sustainable Social Development based on Permaculture for the Maya people...
Social Development

Social Development

We only do what works and is supported in our communities.

Sustainable Travel

Sustainable Travel

It's more than just travel when you're mindful about it.

Volunteer for Good

Volunteer for Good

Volunteering where your good work really is good work.

 Buenas Cosas Story

Buenas Cosas Story

We started Buenas Cosas in 2011. We hosted thousands of travelers and volunteers these past 5 years. We know what works in our Maya communities - more importantly, we know what doesn't. We're here to make your sustainable travel / volunteering a good thing, una buena cosa.

For us, it's the simple joy of grabbing a chicken bus with you and sharing what we do here in Peten - giving you an authentic Guatemalan experience. We contribute thousands of hours of our time each year to make your traveler or volunteer experience the best... helping us create a positive and sustainable impact in the Maya communities we serve.

We work very hard; our work with Buenas Cosas and at least one other day-job. We are very grateful for your stay with Buenas Cosas - so we can do more good things in the Maya communities we serve around Lake Peten Itza.

We look forward to meeting you on your travels through Peten Guatemala and sharing a bit of our life with you.

Maya communities we serve in Petén Guatemala

Wonderful communities with a large makeup of Maya Itza and Q'eqchi' - the most content, courteous and friendly people you'll ever know...
San Benito
San Benito
The largest first village in Peten - where it all started, long before Flores.
San Pedro
San Pedro
Hunting Tapir on the Futbol field just 20 years ago
San Andrés
San Andrés
Last substantial Maya village before the jungle and el Mirador / la Danta
San Miguel
San Miguel
Home to largest Maya pyramid around lake Petén Itza
San José
San José
Awesome and ancient Maya fishing village
el Remate
el Remate
Ancient port for everything that invaded the lake, the Maya and destroyed Noj Petén - last refuge of the Maya in Central America.
Jobompiche
Jobompiche
Best water on the entire lake - Francis Ford Coppalo agrees
Sacpuy
Sacpuy
Wonderful little community that sits next to an ancient little Maya lake with an island in the middle with Maya ruins - the lake is home to endangered turtles that need our help and support.
Belen
Belen
Groovy little village in the middle of some of the best mountain biking there is to be had in the area around lake Peten Itza.
San Antonio
San Antonio
Awesome organic gardens abound in this wonderful hill community - great mountain biking too!
Cobanera
Cobanera
Awesome little Q'eqchi community who won a 20-year contract to manage some of the best Maya caves in Peten Guatemala.
dos Aguadas
dos Aguadas
Great little Maya forest community - last Maya village on your way to the el Zotz / Uaxaction / Tikal jungle trek.

Traveler or Volunteer, you'll cherish your time at Buenas Cosas

Some travelers and volunteers sharing their Buenas Cosas experience among the Maya communities we serve in Petén Guatemala...

Enjoy a Guatemaltéco Maya community around lake Petén Itza as a Traveler or Volunteer...

News from Maya communities around lake Petén Itza...

  • Maya Chocolate Workshop

    Our most recent Maya Chocolate workshop. Locally grown cacao from Peten Guatemala. We roast it in our Maya kitchen and then clean the chocolate nibs of their cacao bean husk. Once the cacao nibs are cleaned they’re ground on a stone metate with some awesome and authentic Maya ingredients – the result is Real Maya […]

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    Maya Coconut Oil Workshop

    We offer 8 Maya Workshops – this is our Maya coconut oil workshop as so wonderfully photographed by David, a volunteer from South Carolina via Africa. David’s parents were social developers in Africa and he was raised in social development. David is a very welcome addition at Buenas Cosas. Thanks for all the good you’re […]

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  • Jobompiche

    Jobompiche is as magic as its name. Huge stands of bamboo groves, glass-flat crystal-clear blue water – home to a couple/three of the most exclusive resorts on lake, Peten Itza, but you’ll never know anyone else is on the lake. A short stroll down the single dirt road that cuts through the middle of this […]

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    San Andres

    San Andres is a relatively new addition to the area of San Jose, San Andres and Nuevo San Jose. It’s the last real village before heading up the road to the tiny jungle village of Carmelita – 75km up of dirt road – chicken bus leaves for ‘Carmela’ around Noon each day – 40Q each […]

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  • San Jose

    San Jose is one of the oldest communities around the lake. Not uncommon for the local Maya who live in these homes to plant a garden and find bits of ancient Maya figurines and pottery – it’s everywhere. A couple or three km down a small dirt road will take the ancient Maya community of […]

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    San Pedro

    San Pedro is a great little Maya beach village that hasn’t been civilized for too long. Just 25 years ago the locals were hunting Baird’s Tapir on mesa that’s now home to the local futbol field. Nice little developed beach area with crystal clear blue Maya water is waiting. Not uncommon for the locals to […]

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  • el Remate

    el Remate has been a main shipping port of lake Peten Itza for a very long time – the Spanairds used it as a launch point for their final campaign to conquer the Maya Itza – who held off Catholic/Spanish cultercide for ~200 years. Great eateries all over the place. Vegan is easy here – […]

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    San Miguel

    San Miguel is a modern Maya village built over the top of the ancient Maya village and its pyramid of Tayazal. Local women selling Maya food down on the beach. Fine collection of local eateries and plenty of cold refreshments – including some pretty fancy rums. Check out the secret little Maya lagoon off the […]

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  • Cobanera

    Cobanera is a wonderful Q’echi’ Maya community. Community events are always lots of fun: arcades with games of chance and skill, horse riding competitions which can get rather interesting – because many of the Maya riders have been drinking a bit too much. Great little jungle stream cuts the West side of this Maya village. […]

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    San Antonio

    San Antonio is a great option if you really want to get far far away from everything – where you can really see the stars across the Maya night sky. Mostly an agricultural community. Farming corn and beans is their thing. Very good families in this Maya village – most have a veggie garden, lush […]

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  • Sacpuy

    Sacpuy sits on the edge of a lagoon with Cayman crocs – might see a giant and very rare mawii turtle. Come visit our friends on the island in the middle of the lake. Canoe rides /rentals across the lake in a Maya style dugout are easy to come by. Good couple of restaurants and […]

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    San Benito

    San Benito one the largest and most populated towns in Peten. San Benito’s beach is called Pedregal – at least a few junk food/drink vendors are on the beach – three submerged piers that are fun to play / chill on. Best bakery in Peten, la Bendicione is smack in the middle. Great collection of […]

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  • Belen

    The Maya community of Belen is where we built our very first sustainable home. Great little community and everyone is always helping with their neighbors’ needs. Mostly subsistence farmers in this tiny Maya village – and a few with larger plots of land, families with horses, cows and goats. The local county leases land to […]

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