San Benito, Peten, Guatemala Accommodations

Accommodations in San Benito

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The SpaceA wonderful little treehouse built with lots of love. Sleeps two or three (if you're small). Shared shower+bath. Sits right over a little creek that runs through the middle of the property. Nestled into a small grove of bamboo. Just below the treehouse is our shared champa with hammocks, tables, benches... a chill place to hang-out and relax. So there are no misunderstandings, this is not luxury accommodations. This is a groovy little treehouse :) Guest AccessInternet available and a Maya Kitchen cooking area is just below the treehouse - you will need to be able to start a fire - we cook with wood because it's best choice here in Peten Guatemala Interaction with GuestsThere's always someone here to hang with: family, friends and volunteers. If you don't want to cook, join us for affordable home-cooked Guatemalan family-style meals. You'll need to help with the meals+cooking+dishes :) The NeighborhoodGreat little barrio and just a 10 minute bike ride from a great little beach where we swim all the time. Getting AroundTuktuks are everywhere and friendly, trusted taxi drivers are only a phone call and a few minutes away. Bikes are available too :) We're a 9 minute / ~15Q tutktuk ride from Flores and/or the Santa Elena bus station or Mundo Maya International airport. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) 'Buenas Cosas Guatemala Directions' for easy directions to our place. Other Things to NoteSee our profile :) We're ecotourism specialists and are happy to arrange your visit to Tikal, El Mirador, La Danta, Uaxactun or any of the other Mayan sites conveniently located all around the local area.
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The SpaceBellos Horizantes is our nice little barrio that's only a 9 minute 15Q tuktuk ride from Flores. The property is a walled compound on ~half an acre. This is a private home and a base for volunteers coming to Buenas Cosas. Angelica is the founding member Buenas Cosas’ Directiva. The Directiva is the group of Guatemalan women who run Buenas Cosas and manage its programs and projects in Buenas Cosas’ 20 Partner Communities serving more than 5,000 Guatemalan families. Inside the compound is our Volunteer Champa with hammocks, camping, pila. In two corners of the property are four separate participant ‘condos’. More than 80% of the compound’s square footage is devoted to Buenas Cosas, the remainder is for Angelica’s family. There’s a small creek that runs through the middle of the compound. When it does rain, we can have huge quantities of water running right through the middle of the property, passing directly below two concrete bridges. The rest of the time, there’s a small babbling creek with three small waterfalls that fill the property with the magical sound of running water. Many Maya live in our barrio – great people. There are ~300 families in our barrio (neighborhood), 10 people to each home with an average monthly household income $300 month. Most of the adults can’t read or write, most of the kids can. 95% of our barrio is charismatic/born-again/evangelical Christian – we’re not. Domestic animals roam freely through the streets of our barrio: pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, horses, coketchas (chubby, black/white speckled, chicken-sized jungle grouse with a huge dinosaur-like bone fin on its head – cool bird). Animals, Plants & Trees — oh my... Cashew, almond, cinnamon, coconut, oranges, lemons, limes, papaya, mango, avocado, banana, pineapple, Mayan cherry and more. We have a couple varieties of sugar cane. We also have a nice little selection of flowers, vines, orchids, herbs and small collection of medicinal plants. Birds are everywhere: Hummingbirds, parrots, hawks, egrits, cranes, swallows and more fly over our spot at least once a day. We also have cutetes – very funny sub-species of tree iguana. They run on water and love to eat cherries… Horseback Riding... Many of our neighbors have horses and we work with them to provide riding opportunities for our guests. Explore the trails that start right outside our front door and help our neighbors earn a bit of extra cash. Kids are Good... Angelica’s kids live in the compound (8, 10, 16 and 19) and they have friends who come to visit. The kids like to play, sing, dance and have fun. In fact, all our Partner Communities are loaded with kids and Buenas Cosas is a Kid-Happy program. If you don’t want to be around kids, Buenas Cosas is probably not a good fit for you. Smudging is a Good Thing... We smudge the entire compound every week with fresh wild-crafted incense, copan and chili. Smudging helps maintain the happy energy and reduces the mosquitoes too – definitely a good thing. Margarita, Piedad and el Chal... Margarita, Angelica’s mother and also a member of Buenas Cosas Directiva, lives a couple blocks up the road. Margarita is a regular presence at Buenas Cosas Main Community Center – she helps with everything. She knows lots of jungle medicine and makes awesome empanadas, bollitos and tortillas. Margarita’s sister, Piedad is a curadura, hechizera and midwife. Piedad lives 30 minutes away in the small town of El Chal where she mixes her potions and consults with locals for their spiritual and physical needs. El Chal is home to Mayan ruins that sit in an old-growth Mayan forest. Further into the jungle is a cave that is supposed to be inhabited by a dragon – never seen it – Margarita and Piedad swear they’ve seen the dragon. Internet is available and there is a very basic cooking area where you can prepare your own food, so long as you can start a fire. We do most of our cooking with wood :) The whole family and our volunteers are here nearly all the time. Interact with us as much or as little as you like :) Tuktuks run through our barrio all the time. There are also public buses and we have trusted friends with taxi's in our barrio who are happy to take you where you like, including Tikal :) Guest AccessInternet is available and there is a very basic cooking area where you can prepare your own food, so long as you can start a fire. We do most of our cooking with wood :) Interaction with GuestsThe whole family and our volunteers are here nearly all the time. Interact with us as much or as little as you like :) Getting AroundTuktuks run through our barrio all the time. There are also public buses and we have trusted friends with taxi's in our barrio who are happy to take you where you like, including Tikal :)
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The SpaceOpen floor plan with kitchen, shared bath/shower, shared kitchen. Family meals are always an option. Interaction with GuestsHappy to take you to the Maya ruins right up the road - nice trails - nice Maya Pyramids. Tikal is close and easy to get to - shuttles leave every 30 minutes. Maya Chocolate Workshop – learn to make chocolate like the people who invented it more than 3,000 years ago. Cacao was the money of the Maya – a hundred cacao beans was worth a turkey hen or 250Q or 33USD today. The local Maya served chocolate as a warm, frothy drink made with a bit of spice. Very tasty stuff and loaded with 4X more antioxidants than modern chocolate. You’ll prepare and process your authentic Maya chocolate entirely by hand and with the help of a wood fire and a grinding stone, just like the ancient Maya. 1 morning 150Q paid direct to the Maya. Medicinal Rain Forest Plants Workshop – hands-on workshop working directly with a local woman who’s been sleeping in the rainforest since she was a little girl – grew up without electricity/television. Medicinal plant recipes passed down through the family for generations. 1, 2 or 3 days – 150Q paid direct to the Maya. Coconut Oil Workshop – the best and most natural coconut oil you’ve ever seen. All crafted by a Maya coconut oil artisan with 10+ years of coconut oil crafting experience. You’ll take a bottle of the coconut oil you created with you. 2 mornings – 150Q – paid direct to the Maya. Avocado Oil Workshop – amazingly pure and natural – a favorite ingredient in over-priced cosmetics and beauty products – highest smoke point of any cooking oil. Buy your avocados in the local market, make and take the oil with you. 1 morning – 75Q paid direct to the Maya. Maya Hammock Workshop – you weave your own hammock with the expert assistance of a local Maya Hammock craftswoman. Your hammock will be custom measured and made just for you – perfect fit. When you’re done, take your hammock with you – it’s yours – a perfect addition for your travels in Central America. 2 mornings of workshop and ~18 hours of weaving – 200Q paid direct to the Maya. Maya Cooking Workshop – learn local Maya recipes – 1 morning – 75Q paid direct to the Maya. Maya Fishing Workshop – a morning on Lake Peten Itza with a skilled Maya boatbuilder and fisherman – the best fisherman in all three villages – a great guy with great stories and intimate knowledge of local Maya culture and tradition. Going fishing with the guy who built the Maya boats for the Survivor television series when it was filmed here in Peten Guatemala. 175Q paid direct to the Maya. Morning/Afternoon in a Maya Dugout – spend a few hours on the lake with a Maya fisherman in a Maya dugout canoe. Fishing. Swimming. Drinking cold refreshments. Whatever you want to do. Just bear in mind your companion is there to catch some fish and bring home some dinner for his family – not to paddle you around the lake – 55Q paid direct to the Maya. Baird’s Tapir “Danta” Workshop – the locals call them ‘danta’. Travelers who go to el Mirador without mules usually see juvenile tapir – a rare and wonderful thing – one of the most endangered animals on the planet. Danta’s (Baird’s Tapir) are amazing animals that can weigh as much as 700lbs – jaguars cannot even take them down because of their incredibly tough skin. Female danta can only birth one new danta every 2 or 3 years. Average danta life-span is ~20 years. We’re working with Manolo, most respected tapir expert/scientest/researcher in all of Guatemala and assisting with his important tapir work in the Carmelita / el Mirador area of the Maya Biosphere – just up the road from our spot here on the best beach in Peten Guatemala. As part of this effort, we offer tapir education and awareness classes to our local Maya community schools – teaching kids about these wonderful and rare animals – help us. Please take this workshop if you plan on doing the el Mirador Rainforest Trek so you can help us protect these wonderful and critically endangered animals – so we can produce more printed for materials for the workshops for the kids to take home and share with family and friends – Danta Propaganda. 1 morning workshop – 55Q paid direct to the Maya. Maya Calendar Workshop – if you’re into astrology, you’ll be amazed at the accuracy of Maya astrology. We’ll walk you through the steps to find your true Maya sign. Practice ‘living the Maya calendar‘ and catch the onda of the Maya approach to living your life in a peaceful and serene state of acceptance and knowing. It really works. Best if we know if you were born before or after sunrise and when your birth started, mom’s first contraction. So call/email your mom, dig-out that dusty old birth certificate and bring the actual start and delivery time of your birth with you. If you want to look into the Maya significance of others in your life, best if we have their birth details too. One morning – 175Q paid direct to the Maya. El Mirador / la Danta Rainforest Trek Workshop – learn crucial rain forest survival skills from local Maya experts. This workshop is a great fit for adventure travelers doing the trek without a guide/support – it could save your life. You’ll learn how to gather naturally purified water from jungle vines, make wild jungle teas and snake bite treatments, gather wild fruit and veggies (carry less food / less weight). Dive into our el Mirador / la Danta Guide Manual (English) – you won’t find it anywhere else – authored with the assistance of one of the most experienced and respected adventure guides in the world – a friend of ours who’s led more than 100 treks to el Mirador and dozens of other extreme adventures all over the world. Recent travelers on the el Mirador Rainforest Trek (no guide/mules/cooks) saw a jaguar emerge from inside of a Maya pyramid – less than 10 meters from where they stood. Same travelers also saw a baby tapir and as usual lots of monkeys and pisotes and toucans and oscillated turkeys – very groovy, Paolo from Brazil and Cristiano from Italy. Yes, you can easily get to el Mirador / la Danta from here and most of our travelers do the el Mirador / la Danta Rainforest Trek – stand on top of biggest pyramid in the world (la Danta). Yes, la Danta is bigger than the largest pyramid in Egypt. If you like, once you’ve completed the El Mirador / la Danta Rainforest Trek Workshop, we have cooks, guides, mules and a muleskinners waiting for you in Carmelita – load your gear+supplies on their mules and head into the rain forest. Or, save some cash and do it on your own – many of our travelers already have. If you have the guts / ignorance / knowledge to hike into the rainforest on unmarked trails and sleep within the domain of animals that would have no issue eating you or biting / killing you – go for it! The el Mirador / la Danta Rainforest Trek Workshop is two mornings and includes a trip to Motul the ancient Maya village just up the road from San Jose. Be educated. Be prepared. 175Q paid direct to the Maya. Maya Cooking Workshop – learn traditional Maya recipes – everyone raves about this woman’s food – yum yum yum – one morning – 75Q paid direct to the Maya. Maya Language Workshop – these are completely free and run Monday and Tuesday, two hours each. You’ll be sitting in a class with a bunch of local Maya kids who are studying Maya. Not 20 years ago, the Maya were publicly beat and imprisoned if they spoke Maya. Participate in these classes and show your support for the Maya – have some fun too. We recommend a minimum donation of 20Q cash per class, direct to your teacher – support the people running this very important project. Spanish Language Workshops – are held one-on-one with a certified and experienced Spanish teacher. Schedule your Spanish sessions as/when/where you like in any of the Maya beach communities we serve – 35Q per hour, available in 10-hour minimum blocks, paid direct to your Spanish teacher. The NeighborhoodAncient Maya village right on the beach - thousands of years old. Getting AroundTuktuks, taxis, chicken/fish buses to all anywhere during daylight hours. Tuktuks run in the local village area until 10PM.
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The SpaceSpacious new house, super comfortable room with a large bed and well equipped bathroom. Safe parking. Guest AccessGym access, pergola, front yard, back yard with lawn, laundry, kitchen, dining room with coffee and bread, porch with hammock, flat roof terrace with medium lake view. Interaction with GuestsMy wife, my two year old daughter and I will be present during your stay, if you need something during the night you can knock our room at any time. The NeighborhoodOur neighborhood has nice breeze from the lake, if you go upstairs to the roof of the property you will enjoy a middle view to the lake. Getting AroundFrom and to Flores Island, Flores Airport or Santa Elena Bus Station you can take a taxi, a tuc tuc or simply walk there. Other Things to NoteNow easier to get here with this directions for the address: In Spanish first: San Benito, Peten; Calle Asfaltada de Vista Hermosa a tres cuadras después del puente y una Calle/cuadra antes de la Iglesia, a la izquierda, a la par de la académica de mecanografía. La propiedad tiene muralla gris, portón gris y pared verde alrededor del portón gris. Si llegan a la Iglesia de Dios, ya se pasaron una cuadra. English Paved road of Vista Hermosa, three blocks after Vista Hermosa Bridge, at the corner on the left hand side, the house has a perimeter gray wall, gray metal gate and green wall around the gate. If you reach the Church of God you have passed one block from our house. Ring the bell when you arrive. Extra charges done at checkout: Breakfast is under request: Us$5 p/person Lunch is under request: Us$5 p/person Dinner is under request: Us$5 p/person Washer: Us$3 e/time Cable T.V. with English audio option is under request: Us$3 p/room p/night
Hotel
2-star Hotel
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Santa Barbara Island Museum, Mundo Maya International Mall, and Central Park. Flores Dock and Las Guacamayas Biological Station are also within 2 mi (3 km).
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  • Pets Allowed
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wifi
A great choice for a stay in San Benito, Hotel Miraflores is just 2.5 mi (4 km) from the airport. Guests will have free perks like self parking and wired Internet. A terrace and a garden are other highlights.
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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wifi
A great choice for a stay in San Jose Peten, Hotel La Ribiera del Lago Peten Itza features a nightclub. Guests can indulge in massages, then grab a bite to eat at one of the 2 restaurants. An outdoor pool and a poolside bar are other highlights, and rooms offer flat-screen TVs and refrigerators.
hotel
hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Gym
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wifi
A great choice for a stay in San Benito, Hotel Miraflores is just 2.5 mi (4 km) from the airport. Guests will have free perks like self parking and wired Internet. A terrace and a garden are other highlights.
hotel
hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Gym
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wifi
A great choice for a stay in San Jose Peten, Hotel La Ribiera del Lago Peten Itza features a nightclub. Guests can indulge in massages, then grab a bite to eat at one of the 2 restaurants. An outdoor pool and a poolside bar are other highlights, and rooms offer flat-screen TVs and refrigerators.
Bedroom
Bedroom
  • Wifi
  • Gym
  • Pets Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Parking
The SpaceSpacious new house, super comfortable room with a large bed and well equipped bathroom. Safe parking. Guest AccessGym access, pergola, front yard, back yard with lawn, laundry, kitchen, dining room with coffee and bread, porch with hammock, flat roof terrace with medium lake view. Interaction with GuestsMy wife, my two year old daughter and I will be present during your stay, if you need something during the night you can knock our room at any time. The NeighborhoodOur neighborhood has nice breeze from the lake, if you go upstairs to the roof of the property you will enjoy a middle view to the lake Getting AroundFrom and to Flores Island, Flores Airport or Santa Elena Bus Station you can take a taxi, a tuc tuc or the urban bus or simply walk there. Other Things to NoteWe serve continental breakfast included, if you want other type of breakfast, lunch or dinner we can serve it for Q45 per person per meal if you request for it a couple of hours in advance. Now easier to get here with this directions for the address: In Spanish first: San Benito, Peten; Calle Asfaltada de Vista Hermosa a tres cuadras después del puente y una Calle/cuadra antes de la Iglesia, a la izquierda, a la par de la académica de mecanografía. La propiedad tiene muralla gris, portón gris y pared verde alrededor del portón gris. Si llegan a la Iglesia de Dios, ya se pasaron una cuadra. English Paved road of Vista Hermosa, three blocks after Vista Hermosa Bridge, at the corner on the left hand side, the house has a perimeter gray wall, gray metal gate and green wall around the gate. If you reach the Church of God you have passed one block from our house. Ring the bell when you arrive. Extra charges done at checkout: Lunch is under request: Us$6 p/person Dinner is under request: Us$6 p/person Washer: Us$3 e/time Cable T.V. with English audio option is under request: Us$3 p/room p/night
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  • Wifi
  • Gym
  • Pets Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Parking
El lugarHabitacion privada El BarrioAmbiente agradable y seguro Cómo moverseHay servicio de bus. Taxi y moto taxis colectivos