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An interesting initiative… http://mayawild.org The Maya chinampas are pretty interesting and so are the Maya Workshops. The Maya products Maya Wild is offering look interesting too :)
Vladica Vojinovic Cashew Tree Planted… Here’s your Certificate of Appreciation… Here’s a map to your Tree Here’s a badge you can place wherever you like to show the world you planted a Tree… Here’s the code to place that badge on your webpage… <a href=”https://buenascosas.org/vladica-vojinovic-cashew-tree-planted/” target=”_blank”><img title=”My Tree with Buenas Cosas in Peten Guatemala” src=”http://buenascosas.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/greenDonor.90×90.2016.png” […]
Thanks so much for your support, Jack!!! We would like to introduce you to Perali – 10 years-old, one of the top students in her class. Perali made your Diablito for you. Perali will be getting a new pair of school shoes with the funds from your donation – school starts again the second-week of […]
Burn Your Devil! We love this Guatemalan tradition started in the 1700s. Why? It’s a great way to welcome the holiday season, burn away the nonsense of the previous year and prepare for a fresh new year. What’s most interesting, and few know the real story, about Burn the Devil – Chema el Diablo is […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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. […]