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 way and per person, last time we checked. Social development, private and public, was a huge part of San Andres previous economic prosperity.
Absolutely best futbol field of any Maya community around Lake Peten Itza. Awesome lake views for sunset band practices, fireworks, games and more. Many of the people in town work in small shops inside or in front of their homes: tortillas, traditional Maya hammock weavers, traditional Maya bial craftspeople, fishing netmakers, sewing with treadle sewing machines, shoe repair, welding, motorcycle repair. Others in the local community of San Andres work at the local sawmill processing sustainbly harvest timber from the largest tropical rainforest in Central America – the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
If you’re looking for an awesome ~1kg burrito, you must visit Qique at Changarro Restuarante – he does veggie, chicken or beef – the salsa is absolutely perfect. No better burros in all of Peten.
The Mirador at the top of the hill NW of Banrural 5 or 6 blocks is a great place to view the lake – you can see everything – extensively groovy at night or moonrise. Great little local MTB trails drops through the jungle and off to a ‘private’ reserve Ixshomac, or something like that, can loop nearly all the way around to Motul from that MTB trail network, groovy single track.
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Great little hike down the side of a 200m canyon, past a deserted beach property and then down to the water. 10 minute walk or a 3 minute MTBV downhill – very groovy. Drop down the step, cross the road and jump in the crystal clear water of Lake Peten Itza San Andres Peten.