San Andres

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 […]

San Jose

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 […]

San Pedro

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 […]

el Remate

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 – […]

San Miguel

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 […]

Cobanera

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. […]

San Antonio

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 […]

Sacpuy

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 […]

San Benito

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 […]

Belen

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 […]

dos Aguadas

dos Aguadas

dos Aguadas is small Maya village halfway through the jungle to Carmelita and the el Mirador / la Danta jungle trek. This little Maya village is your last stop if you’re headed to el Zotz and/or Uaxactun / Tikal on an overnight or three hike through the jungle of Peten. Excellent women’s group in this […]

Volunteer for Good

Volunteer for Good

It’s all about making your volunteer travel commitment work for you and the Maya community you will serve. The Maya of Peten are loving and kind beyond words. The Maya of Peten are strong in their beliefs and opinions – watch and learn from both the Maya Itza and the Q’eqchi’ in the communities we […]

Sustainable Travel

Sustainable Travel

No matter how you slice it, sustainable travel is the only way to travel. When your travel empowers local Maya communities, in a beautiful tropical setting around picturesque lake Peten Itza, all the better still. Eat real Maya food served by locals in their own small businesses, in their homes. Stay a night or 3 […]