BEST + CHEAPest + MOST FUN
MAYA BEACH communities
PETÉN GUATEMALA

Authentic Maya fun in Peten Guatemala

...travel is good but sustainable travel is better.
Go toLake Peten Itza

Lake Peten Itza

Second biggest lake in Guatemala and waaay cleaner than that bigger one – what’s it called. Lake Peten Itza has been Maya water for thousands of years. Now it’s your turn.

Go toMaya Jungle Treks

Maya Jungle Treks

Choose what works best for you. Guatemala jungle treks from half-day to two-weeks. On your own or outfitted and led by experienced, fun and informed
multi-lingual guides.

Go toAll things Maya

All things Maya

Peten is the true cradle of Maya civilization. All that is Maya expanded from here – ground zero Maya. If you want Maya – la Danta Project has it: caves, ruins, pyramids and community.

Go topermaculture

permaculture

It’s about being local, producing as much as you can with as little possible and then sharing any extra with your community. We always do the best we can with whatever is available.

la Danta

...this project's name. Danta is also the local name for a mean-ass, fruitarian / vegetarian, snorkeled-nosed, jungle 'cow' native to Petén Guatemala. la Danta is also the name of the largest pyramid on the planet, located at the center of the biggest ancient Maya metropolis the world has ever known, just up the road, deep in the jungle of Petén Guatemala... home to loads of amazing and endangered animals: jaguar, tapir, great currasow, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, giant anteaters, scarlet macaw and more.
Live in a Maya community on the best beaches in Peten

la Danta is simply here to help bring like-minded travelers who want to experience an authentic Maya community. Your presence supports the good work being done in our Maya beach communities. We do what we can with what little we have to help our community down the path of sustainability. Your travel to these Maya beach community gives the good people something more than just a jobs washing clothes, squeezing orange juice or spraying pesticides.

It's about you bringing your good intentioned travel here to help move these good Maya people up the socio-economic ladder in a functional and respectful manner. That's what permaculture does, helps us all manifest a better world - unchained from commercial distraction and nonsense. It's about compassion and mindfulness in everything we do - helping each other.

  • only one thing more important - love

  • the mindfulness we practice and serve

  • all are appreciated and welcome

  • you complete the vision for la Danta

Our Community

...some of the good people working with la Danta Project.

Esperanza

Maya Laundry Goddess + Chef
Excellent food, liquados made with love and a single-mom with a huge heart. Always great food at really affordable prices. We’re working towards building a sustainable home for Esperanza and her son, Bryan.

Edgar

Expert Maya Fisherman + Boatbuilder
Edgar is an expert Maya boatbuilder and fisherman – great stories – has lived here forever. It was Edgar who built the Maya boats for the Survivor television series when they shot here in Peten Guatemala.

Teresa

Awesome flour tortillas + huge smiles
She just wondered into the beach house one day, ready to work, gabacha puesta. Wonderfully warm woman with a huge smile. Best flour tortillas in San Jose, bar none.

Lettie

Awesome Food + Lotsa Love
Lettie has been serving the best burritos in San Andres for more than 10 years. Her diner ‘Comedor Nietos’ is a great place to grab a cold beer and humongous burro drench it in her awesome salsa – all for a few bucks.

Doris

Maya laundry goddess
When you don’t want to do your laundry, Doris is here to handwash all you traveler clothes. Everything is dried naturally with the assistance of her nuclear fusion powered dryer, the sun.

Quique

Restaurateur ‘el Changarro’
Ice-cold Gallo, excellent grilled chicken and huge beef/chicken burritos. Flat panel television with cable and he’ll even hand you the remote.

Consuela

Comedor goddess
Consuela and her crew of happy, good hearted women have been serving meals to our adventure travelers since we opened. Never a complaint from anyone and always at a fair price. Try her excellent affordable food at Comedor Vicky right in front of the basketball court. Buen Provecho!

Chela + Alfonso

Awesome Family
Chela and Alfonso do it all: kids, grandkids, fishing, Maya boat building + repair, rainforest survival skills, Maya medicinal plants, traditional Maya home construction, Maya chocolate, Maya cooking, Maya language classes and lots more. We love this family!

Marta

Wife + Mom + Duck Rancher
Wife to Pedro, one of awesome permaculture gardeners. Mom to seven kids and 50 ducks. All in the middle of a most splendid Maya food forest, all planted by Pedro more than 15 years ago. This place is groovy and you’ll totally enjoy staying with this lovely family.

Jesus

2nd Gen Maya Boat Builder
Jesus, his three brothers and uncle have been crafting and working boats here on Lake Peten Itza for more than 40 years. Time to work on our light-watercraft, SUP/sail boards and our killer solar-powered lake Peten Itza shuttle – this is going Very Groovy!

Jose

2nd-Generation Maya Launcha Craftsman
Jose, his three brothers and uncle have been crafting and working boats here on Lake Peten Itza for more than 40 years. Time to work on our light-watercraft, SUP/sail boards and our killer solar-powered lake Peten Itza shuttle – this is going Very Groovy!

Carlos

2ndGen Maya Launcha Craftsman
Carlos, his three brothers and uncle have been crafting and working boats here on Lake Peten Itza for more than 40 years. Time to work on our light-watercraft, SUP/sail boards and our killer solar-powered lake Peten Itza shuttle – this is going Very Groovy!

Romeo

Groovy Dude
Owner of the new beach house and very groovy guy. Has pet geese who follow him around like dogs. Owner of Tienda Manulelito – get your Chicken at Romeo’s place.

la Danta

Permaculture is the only path
It’s all about permaculture and helping good people create a better and more sustainable life – especially my Maya cousins here in Peten Guatemala.

Adela

Homestay Mom
Adela has a beautiful apartment with wonderful views of the entire lake waiting for you. Adela is super nice and wonderful homestay mom with many years of experience hosting adventure travelers in San Andres Peten Guatemala.

Pedro

Naturally Permaculture Correct
Very cool guy. 72 years young and still works 8 or 9hour days 6 or 7 days a week. Designer and owner of a two naturally crafted permaculture food forests. Over the course of the past 22 years this very interesting fellow has let nature guide his gardens and the results are quite impressive.

Chayo

Guatemalan Fisherman

Edy

Fisherman and Restaurateur
Edy was born and raised right here in Peten Guatemala. Edy loves to fish and also owns a small restaurant that’s rather popular with la Danta Project’s adventure travelers.

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