November 16, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions + Reservations

la Danta PROJECTla Danta Project is designed for slower travelers. When you arrive at the Danta Beach House in the ancient Maya capital of Tayazal (today, the tiny Maya Itzá + Q’eqchi’ Maya village of San Miguel) you’ll pay for a 3 night stay of 300Q($39) or 100Q ($13) per night. If you decide to leave early, that’s fine but not our preference – again, we’re designed for slower travelers.

The 3-night minimum creates more peace and is a better fit for our Maya communities.

So there are no misunderstandings, this project is NOT about living the hostel life. Other than the Danta Beach House and our higher-end accommodations around Lake Petén, la Danta Project is about staying with real Maya families and living the real Maya life with the good and kind people of Petén, birthplace of Maya civilization.

Travelers arrive daily from Flores, el Remate, Santa Elena, Semuc Champey, Tikal, Belize, Chetumal, Palenque, Atitlan, Antigua, Guatemala City – and they always say the same thing…

“…wish we knew about this place before!”

It’s easy to make a reservation – no card/money/PayPal needed – all you do is LIKE la Danta Project at Facebook and then Register / Save Your Spot.

Once those bits are done, we’ll save your spot, send you a confirmation and hold your spot until sunset on your arrival day. If you don’t show, we’ll give your spot the next kind soul, sitting here, chilling in a hammock, swimming on the beach… waiting for a spot. Other than the reservation system outlined above, there is NO OTHER WAY to guarantee a spot will be waiting for you at la Danta Project.

Save Your Spot..

Like laDanta Project @Facebook

Step #1… Like laDanta Project @Facebook


Yes – 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 Maya adventure-traveler experience. La Danta Project is NOT about buying gas for new 4X4s or siphoning-off money to buy new homes/ranches.

Yes – no matter where you stay with la Danta Project…

– shared kitchen is available / buy+prepare your own food.
– restaurants are everywhere: dine-in, take-out and delivery
– mosquito nets available, not really needed – there are very few mosquitoes around lake Petén.

Yes – we have…

– beds
– dorms
– private rooms
– private apartments
– hammocks
– Maya homestays + family meals

…starting at 35Q per night and 20Q per meal. Again, shared kitchen is available / buy+prepare your own food, if you like.

We also have higher-end accommodations available all around lake Petén. For example, our beach bungalows in San Miguel, sitting at the base of a Maya pyramid – awesome views of Flores and the Maya sunsets over lake ancient Maya lake Petén.

Want somethin’ mo’ betta? We got it… in-room jacuzzis, XO cognacs, French champagne, masseuse and helicopter pads available too. la Danta Project has accommodations available at a variety of price-points all around lake Petén, starting at just 35Q ($5US) per person per night.

If you want to know more, message and we’ll be happy to assist with giving you a truly sustainable, non-profit, permaculture-based adventure stay in Petén Guatemala.

Yes – it’s easy to get to the Danta Beach House, receive a proper orientation and then be introduced to the Maya beach communities of Petén Guatemala. No matter your intentions with your stay in Petén, la Danta Project has you covered with sustainainable, community-based Petén Guatemala travel options.

The Danta Beach House is located 300 meters across the water from the ancient, formerly sacred, Maya island of Noj Petén (Flores Island) on the peninsula of Tayazal, today it’s called San Miguel. Ancient Maya ruins (pyramid, stela, chaltun, ball court) and nice jungle beach for swimming – all are super close – 15 minute walk down a groovy little jungle path. Yes, there are howler and spider monkeys, too… map to the Danta Beach House.

There are no addresses in our little Maya beach villages.

Yes – you can volunteer on your own, as a couple, family or group: organic gardening/farming, English classes for kids, computer classes for kid, work with Maya families who need your help – or anything else you care to initiate. Create and manifest as you like.

Yes – there’s plenty of purified water and food for any type of diet in all our Maya beach communities.

Yes – after you’ve paid your first 3 nights, gone through the orientation and gotten to know you a bit, will always consider a trade of work for accommodations/food on an individual basis. Share your desire of a trade for accommodations/food once you’ve completed your orientation. Happy to support the travels of hardworking, like-minded bipeds. Need all the good people we can get helping with la Danta Project. No freeloaders. No drainbows.

Yes – internet/WiFi is available everywhere at 5-10Q per hour. Or sit in a restaurant buying beers at 2X the real price and get FREE WiFi. Or get your Wifi at the Danta Beach House for 15Q per day per person, per person, per device, per 500MB. Steal WiFi at the Danta Beach House and you’ll be tossed; there’s no room for parasites at la Danta Project.

Yes – kids are welcome and pay exactly the same price as everyone else. Kids are not FREE or discounted.

Yes – we have photos of the Danta Beach House to share. So there are no misunderstandings, this is a brand new spot for la Danta Project. Much better than our first spot in San Jose and light-years ahead of our most recent spot in San Benito. As well, all the photos below were taken pre-cleanup and pre-move-in. Once we’ve got everything setup and polished, we’ll be posting new photos. In the meantime, here you go…

Danta Beach House Tayazal San Migel Flores Peten Guatemala

Danta Beach House Tayazal San Miguel Flores Petén Guatemala

Yes – we have hot water, excellent views from the terrace of Flores, Petencito and Santa Barbara islands – the sunset views are glorious. The NEW Danta Beach House is The Bomb!

Yes – whatever your sexual identity / coupling – no one cares / no worries – easy on the PDA as it’s not culturally appropriate within the Maya communities where la Danta Project is located.

Yes – activities and workshops of all types are available: coconut oil, avocado oil, Maya cooking, Maya calendar, Maya jungle medicine, Maya hammock weaving, Maya boat building/repair, Maya jungle survival and more. Or study any of the three languages spoken in the  Maya villages we serve: Spanish, Maya Itza and Q’eqchi’. Or, choose an adventure to Motul, Tikal, Uaxactun, Yaxha, el Mirador, el Zotz and more. Nothing is free. No discounts.

Yes – all donations/payments/pecuniary-based transactions are made directly to the families and locals who facilitate the various adventuresworkshops and homestays. This is not about “making money” – we’re about bringing fair wage income opportunities to the people and their families participating in this sustainable initiative… la Danta Project is truly a good thing 🙂

Yes – there are clubs, bars and dancing too – this is real, rural Guatemala – even still, sometimes lazer lights with fog and DJs.

Vegan Volunteer 'Lila' (19yr-old yogini from North Carolina) at the aguada laguna in Tayazal San Miguel Petén Guatemala - yes, there are at least 3 crocs in this jungle pond - groovy little spot

Vegan Volunteer ‘Lila’, 19yr-old Yogini from North Carolina – knows sanskrit – groovy young lady. Shore of the aguada laguna in Tayazal San Miguel Petén Guatemala. Yes, there are at least 3 crocs in this jungle pond. Groovy little spot 5 minute walk from the Danta Beach House.

Yes – veggie diets are easy. Vegan is a bit of challenge, but it’s done all the time.

Yes – we’re happy to help you with treks/tours/trips to anywhere you like: Tikal, la Danta / el Mirador, Yaxha, Semuc Champey, Maya islands, Maya lakes, Maya caves and river, Uaxactun, Flores, el Remate, Belize, Chiapas, Rio Dulce, Lake Atitlan, Antigua and more… everything always as sustainable as possible – permaculture.

Yes – we can get you to Tikal for the sunset tour – we don’t recommend the sunrise tour. Tikal sunset tour is better anyway. Nevertheless, the we can also hook you up with a Tikal sunrise tour and even a Yaxha sunset tour, if you like.

Yes – we have more and better el Mirador Trek information and pricing than anyone else in the entire area. Base your el Mirador Trek in Petén Guatemala from right here at la Danta Project. Yes, you can do el Mirador and visit la Danta, biggest pyramid in the world, without spending tons of money with commercial / commissioned / middleman / tour operators. We’ll hook you up with everything you need. We’ll be happy to store any extra gear you might have right here while you enjoy the Maya rainforest of el Mirador and la Danta, biggest pyramid in the world. And yes, the la Danta Maya Pyramid is really the largest pyramid in the world. Yes, la Danta Maya Pyramid is also bigger than Cholula / Tlachihualtepetl pyramid in Mexico,  by hundreds-of-thousands of cubic meters.

Yes – you can arrive without your gear, leaving it behind at your hostel or wherever, and ‘shop’ la Danta Project. But, you won’t be warmly received. We have no desire to entertain travel ‘shoppers’. Shopping is not permaculture. Shopping is not sustainable.

Yes – we’re happy to assist with your group of 3 or more. But, you’ll need to Save Your Spot with an in-advance deposit via PayPal/Mastercard/Visa, in addition to the Facebook Like and Registration / Save Your Spot noted above. So there are no misunderstandings, if you arrive ‘separately’ to avoid the advance deposit, you’ll all be tossed-out the minute we discover the collusion – No Refunds. $100USD first 3 to 5 people. $200USD 6 to 9 people. $300USD 10 to 12 people. $400 13 to 15 people. $400USD 16 to 19 people.  $500USD 20 to 24 people. We don’t work with groups larger than 24, sorry 🙂

Yes – happy to provide pricing on anything not specifically detailed at our site, once you’ve completed your orientation and paid your first 3 nights (300Q). We never provide refunds for anything. We’re not here to service ‘shoppers’, that’s Not Permaculture.

Yes – this is Central America. Everything is manana (tomorrow) or manana manana or the manana after that. Absolutely nothing is guaranteed. This is not a 5star Resort. Other than our higher-end accommodations with our la Danta Ecofiliates, his is ALL homestays with local families. We have no room for those with an ‘entitled’ demeanor. La Danta Project is a place for adventure travelers. No whiners, please.

la Danta is a 7% Project

7% of whatever you pay to the families and locals is re-gifted back to support la Danta Project. This is about responsibility and sustainability, not charity. laDanta is not about FREE handouts. You’ll see homestay families and locals giving their 7% back to la Danta project. If this bothers you, don’t participate with la Danta Project.