The SpacePrivate room, apartment style, 5 futons. Cermanic, including the bath/shower. Lake/beach/dock views and just 50 steps to the beach.
Almost always there's a cool breeze blowing into the apartment off the lake. Unlike everywhere else around the lake, there are almost no mosquitoes here :) Guest AccessYou get your own key to your own door - secure.
Come and go as you please :) Interaction with GuestsWhat we offer is more about interacting with the community, not other travelers/guests. But we usually have a good group of volunteers working here in the local community, just hanging out too. It's all good. The NeighborhoodGood places for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all around. Order fresh Blanco from Hector our one-legged fisherman friend. Nothing better than fresh Blanco from lake Peten Itza - well, except fresh Alaskan King Crab. Getting AroundQuick, easy and cheap with public transportation starts at 1$. We also have bicycles and drivers with private cars/buses available too :) Other Things to NoteAlso available (donation based):
Visit to Mayan City of Motul,
Do Tikal from right here. No need to deal with all the tourist-trap stuff in Flores, unless you want to - easy/quick trip from here, take a local Maya crafted lancha or grab a shuttle bus - better still a Chicken Bus!
All sorts workshops available...
Maya Chocolate Workshop – learn how to make chocolate from 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 pepper, allspice, cinnamon and honey. 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, just like the ancient Maya. 1 morning 100Q 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. 2 mornings – 70Q paid direct to the Maya. Grab a bottle of the coconut oil you created for an additional 50Q – 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 – 35Q paid direct to the Maya.
Bial Weaving Workshop – you’ll make and take your own groovy Maya jungle hat with you. Perfect for the el Mirador Rainforest Trek. 2 day workshop – 75Q paid direct to the Maya.
Maya Hammock Workshop – you weave your own hammock with the expert training of a local Maya Hammock craftswoman. Take the hammock with you – it’s yours – all yours! 2 mornings of workshop and 4 days of weaving – 200Q paid direct to the Maya.
Natural Soap Workshop – use natural local plants to make some awesome soap with many different types of medicinal qualities. 1 morning – 35Q paid direct to the Maya.
Maya Cooking Workshop – learn local Maya recipes from a trained Maya chef – 1 morning – 35Q 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 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 - we need to 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 – 50Q 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 session with the most popular coffee in Guatemala or some fresh juice/liquado/smoothie included. 100Q paid direct to the Maya.
El Mirador 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 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 from here and most of our travelers do the el Mirador 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 Rainforest Trek Workshop, we have mules and a muleskinner waiting for you in Carmelita – load your gear+supplies on their mules and head into the rain forest – $8 per day per mule, two-mule minimum with muleskinner included. 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 Rainforest Trek Workshop is two mornings and includes a trip to Motul the ancient Maya village just up the road from the Beach House. Be educated. Be prepared. 175Q paid direct to the Maya.