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 […]

Social Development

Social Development

Social development is at the heart of all that we do at Buenas Cosas. With our outreach, education and empowerment initiatives we serve Maya communities around lake Peten Itza. Buenas Cosas has been assisting with agrotourism, ecotourism and voluntourism development as a service to Maya communities in Peten Guatemala since 2011. We’ve had many failures, […]

Water

Water

Water is essential to everything in Peten Guatemala. Water supports the Maya communities we serve around lake Peten Itza. We need boats built in our Maya communities – fun boats, boats for fishing, boats for sport, boats for transportation, boats for fun. One more boat and one less car. All our boats are made from […]

Pets

Pets

Pets are such an important part of Guatemalan family life. On average Guatemalans treat their pets much better than any other country in Central America – a good thing. Unfortunately, there are too many unwanted dogs and cats because no one can afford to spay or neuter their four-legged friends. Help the Maya families of […]

Learning

Learning

Learning is what counts in the Maya communities we serve. Education without learning is of absolutely no use. We’ve brought thousands of hours of English classes to the kids in the Maya communities we serve in Peten Guatemala. Now, we want to do much more with learning centers – each equipped with its own Satellite […]