Spend a night with a Mayan Family

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EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC GUATEMALA by spending a night with an indigenous MAYAN FAMILY

AVENTURA MAYA K’ICHE: 

Local mayan language:K’icheLocation:


San Miguel, Totonicapan

Description:

San Miguel is a fairly laid-back town with few foreign visitors. Sights include the ubiquitous town church, on a plaza superjacent to a second one below it harbouring a statue of indigenous leader Atanasio Tzul, who led a peasant rebellion in 1820 spurred by government demands for taxation Totonicapán is especially lively during its annual Festival Traditional de Danza, usually late in October. It is also kicking during its annual fiesta dedicated to the archangel Michael from September 24–30. The day marking the apparition of said heavenly figure, May 8, is also celebrated with dancing and fireworks. The forest of Totonicapán is a 52,000 acre old-growth forest: in a space a little more than double the size of Manhattan a variety of ecosystems from humid lowlands of mixed broadleaf trees to high-elevation tracts of conifer have flourished largely undisturbed for hundreds of years. Found here are many species of birds, plants, mammals, reptiles and insects which are endemic to the region including the largest remaining stand of the endangered Guatemalan tree (Abies guatemalensis).

Price:

$45.00 p/p


Includes:

Besides that, one night with a Mayan Family, one dinner and one breakfast is included.


What to do:

In this indigenous village, which is surrounded by aromatic pine forests, you can see and experience the daily activities of the local people. You can walk though the village and see the activities they are dealing with. One of these activities is about the raising of sheep’s where the wool is used for the making of traditional fabrics. Moreover, there is a profuse production of crafts such as weaving, pottery, ceramics and wooden furniture. You can visit the colonial church of San Miguel which is one of its main attractions, as well as the theatre municipal and the battery dragon.


What to bring:

Insect repellent and warm clothing


Transportation:
Not included, but ask for our transportation prices

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IGUALDAD COMMUNITY

 

Local mayan language:

 MAM

 Location:

 La igualdad community, in san Pablo, San Marcos

Description:

San Marcos is bordered on the north by the department of Huehuetenango, on the east by the Quetzaltenango and to the south by Retalhuleu. The wide variety of climates within San Marcos resulting from differences in altitude give rise to a variety of agricultural products, which include, apples, bananas, barley, bean, cacao, coffee, maize, oats, peaches, plantains, potatoes, rice, sugarcane and wheat. Livestock include cattle, horses and sheep’s. San Marcos produces more wool than any other department of Guatemala, it is generally exported to the departments of Quetzaltenango and Totonicapán where it is processed into finished products. The department produces wooden furniture, with production being concentrated in the Pacific lowlands due to the greater variety of wood available, including cedar, ceiba and tepemixte.

Price:

36.00 dollar P/P

Includes:

A night with a Mayan Family, one dinner and one breakfast, and a visit to the waterfall and hot springs

What to do:

The main tourist attractions of the San Marcos department are its various Pacific beaches. Other attractions include thermal baths and the caves of Castalia.

Climate:

Temperate

What to bring:

You will certainly need mosquito repellent, comfortable and light clothing, a camera and a swimsuit

 

Transportation:

Not included, but ask for our transportation prices

 

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ROCJA POMTILA:

Local mayan language:

Q´euqchi

Location:

Locate in the Rocja community in the Coban region

Description:

Cobán is the capital of the department of Alta Verapaz in central Guatemala and serves as the administrative centre for the surrounding Cobán municipality. Cobán was founded in 1543 by Dominican priests and today is an important centre of coffee and cardamom production. The area of Cobán is incredibly rich in flora and fauna and lakes are found throughout. Large, dense cloud forests of exceptional beauty, sparkling waterfalls and several incredible cave systems make it an ideal place for true Eco-tourists. The vegetation is wide-leaf and pine trees with orchids, moss, ferns and bromeliads in abundance. The Quetzal, which is the national bird and symbol of Guatemala, can be seen in the early morning hours.

Price:

15.00 dollars p/p

Includes:

One night with a Mayan family, and one dinner and breakfast.

Climate:

Temperate

What to do:

In Roja Pomptila you can make tour with the boat on the river or through the jungle. Near the city Cobán you will find Semuc Champey, an incredibly beautiful natural limestone bridge resting on top of a river, with little waterfalls and pools of crystal clear water that are excellent for swimming. Las Grutas de Lanquin, a large cave with excellent formations and a river that flows under it. El Biotopo de Quetzal, a nature reserve. Despite the name, you will find very few quetzals (Guatemala's national bird) there; they have moved to higher ground. Nonetheless, you will find tranquil hiking trails with lush plant life in the Biotopo.

What to bring:

Bug repellent, sun block, and if you do the river boat tour it is recommended to war water shoes, or to have an extra set of shoes and clothing

Transportation:

Not included, but ask for our transportation prices

 

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MAGNOLIA MIRAMAR

Local mayan language:

Mam

Location:

magnolia Miramar community in Colomba Costa Cuca Quetzaltenango

Description:

Colomba Costa Cuca is one of the 24 towns in department of Quetzaltenango and is has a square of 212 km2. The ancient city was known under the name of Morazán, the core of what became known as reduction in agricultural prices Costa Cuca. The traditional religion of the region was characterized by syncretic practices in which symbolic and socialize with other Catholic rituals of Mayan descent. Important and are considered as a manifestation of the original culture, sacred sites of San Francisco Miramar, Rosario Grande, Paradise, and Las Mercedes, in addition, some communities and families that still keep the figure of the young settler farms in particular, that established their own meeting with their spirituality, which are found mainly in mountainous areas and water sources and are no conservation treatment or recognition by the competent authorities. Typical dishes used for parties, Colomba Costa Cuca rich culinary, traditional dishes like jocón the Chok'ay the chowder, it is also important in the municipality pepian, fried

Price:

15 dollar p/p

includes:

one night with a mayan family, and one dinner and breakfast.

climate:

tropical

what to do:

coffee farm tour (1hour): 15 dollar p/p, minimum of 2 people

waterfall tour (2hours): 10 dollar p/p minimum of 2 people

nature hike tour (1hour): 20 dollar p/p, minimum of 2 people

what to bring:

you will certainly need mosquito repellent, comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, a camera, and sunscreen

transportation:

not included, but ask for our transportation prices 

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COMUNIDAD NUEVA ALIANZA:

local language:

Spanish

Location:

Nueva alianza community, in el palmar Quetzaltenango

Description:

The city of El Palmar is located in the southeast of the department of Quetzaltenango. It lies at a distance of 33 km from the provincial capital of Quetzaltenango. El Palmar is primarily an agricultural town, with coffee as one of its main products. Many years ago, El Palmar nearly destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Santiaguito volcano. Nuevo El Palmar is a few kilometres further up where most people re-arranged. Some residents chose to stay or return to the original city. The overgrown ruins of the original El Palmar, now known as El Palmar Viejo (Old Palmar). The original city was nearly destroyed again by another volcanic eruption in the late 90's. The residents were given the alternative to El Nuevo Palmar re-arrange the Guatemalan government. Those who chose to stay would do at your own risk. Those who re-located in El Nuevo Palmar did in the suburbs of the city. A few months later, the entire city was destroyed by another flood of mud from a volcano eruption. The old town is still declared a danger and everyone who enters does so under their own risk.

Price:

25 dollar for a shared bathroom, 45 dollar for a private bathroom p/p

Includes:

One night with a Mayan family and one dinner and breakfast

Climate:

Sub-tropic

What to do:

Comunidad Nueva Alianza is a fair trade, organic coffee and macadamia plantation owned and operated by a cooperative of forty Guatemalan families. The community is nestled amongst a 300 acre plantation of organic coffee and macadamia trees where large tracts of natural tropical forest have been preserved as well. A walk through the plantation will bring you to cascading waterfalls with crystal clear water, edible and medicinal plants, and breathtaking views of volcanoes Santa Maria (3772m) and Santiaguito - an active volcano which erupts, on average, every hour. Apart from the incredible wilderness, Nueva Alianza's richest resource is the forty families living and working on the plantation. Fifth generation plantation workers, we members of the cooperative are an incredibly generous and curious group of people who will welcome you into our community with open arms.

What to bring:

There are not any banks in the community so you need to bring money along with comfortable clothing and shoes and a swimsuit for swimming in the waterfall

Transportation:

Not included, but ask for our transportation prices 

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kaqchikel families

Local language:

Kaqchikel

Location:

San Jorge la laguna town, between Sololá and panajachel

Description:

San Jorge La Laguna is a beautiful village around the lake Atitlan, in this village the people conserved the culture and tradition as they were many years ago. Here most of the people believe in the Mayan religion and the cave ,which can be found close by, is used for ceremonies.

Price:

35.00 dollar p/p

Includes:

One night with a Mayan family and one dinner and breakfast

Climate:

Temperate

What to do:

You can visit the colonial church while walking through the town. Moreover, there is the possibility to go mountain biking, paragliding, kayaking, scuba diving, bird watching, spear fishing and visiting the Kaqchiquel-Mayan Archaeological ruins of Ixmche.

What to bring:

Comfortable shoes and clothing, camera

Transportation:

Not included, but ask for our transportation prices 

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