After many collective years in social development, seems there are no medium to large organizations and very few small organizations, that can really do what needs to be done without sucking excessive and unjustifiable ‘juice’ from social development initiatives. We’re working towards a way of avoiding the ‘juice sucking’ pitfall – that’s the dream of la Danta Project – a sustainable and easily clone-able approach to social development based on community, not bureaucracy and decreased efficiency as the organization grows.
la Danta Project is about permaculture. From Wikipedia’s permaculture entry…
“Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians David Holmgren, then a graduate student, and his professor, Bill Mollison, in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to “permanent agriculture”, but was expanded to stand also for “permanent culture”, as it was understood that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy.”
La Danta Project is all encompassing in its application of “permanent culture” as permaculture.
La Danta Project is not-for-profit. We’re simply about helping poor Maya families, promoting permaculture, keeping the bills paid and providing you with an authentic adventure traveler experience.
Adventure travelers who stay at la Danta Project can also volunteer in our Maya communities – some of what we offer…
- organic gardening/farming
- English classes for kids
- computer classes for kids
- hammock weaving
- and anything else you care to manifest – do your own thing – whatever works best for you!
Spanish Study. Yes, you can study Spanish, Maya Itza or Q’eqchi’ — plenty of local people are here to help you.
el Mirador / la Danta Jungle Trek. Yes, you can easily get to el Mirador from here and a considerable portion of our travelers do seem to end-up going there – biggest pyramid in the world. Yes, it’s bigger than the largest pyramid in Egypt. We have guides, mules, cooks and adventure waiting for you in Carmelita.
Sorry, DIY hikes to el Mirador entering through Carmelita are no longer available – you will be turned back unless you’re accompanied by a card-carrying INGUAT approved guide. There are other ways to DIY el Mirador other than entering from Carmelita but those trails are only accessible by normal mortals from January-June, more or less, during the dry season. Fully-outfitted el Mirador / la Danta treks are currently (August 7th, 2017) running $180-$230 per person with prices dependent on the quality of service, food and transportation, private/public. This is where all you have to do is walk and carry a water bottle.
A video made by Hazel and Murray during their stay at la Danta Project…
Baird’s Tapir (danta) surround us. Last traveler of ours to do the ‘el Mirador Rainforest Trek‘ saw a juvenile tapir – a rare and wonderful thing – one of the most endangered animals on the planet. Must mention, this fellow did the trek alone, without guide/mules/cook. Anyway – contacted our local Tapir expert, reported the siting and now we’re offering a program to assist 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 Petén Guatemala. We’re also offering tapir education and awareness classes to our local Maya community schools – teaching kids about these wonderful and rare animals – help us, if you like.
In the end, we’re just a bunch people who freely associate to manifest what we feel is a better way, sustainable – right here in Petén Guatemala…
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