June 4, 2016

Maya Workshops

La Danta’s Maya workshops are only available to travelers staying with la Danta Project.

Maya Chocolate Workshop – learn to make chocolate like 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 spice. 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 and a grinding stone, just like the ancient Maya. 1 morning 150Q 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 – 195Q 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. You’ll take a bottle of the coconut oil you created with you. 2 mornings – 175Q – paid direct to the Maya.

Avocado Oil Workshop – birthed in this part of the world, avocados have been farmed here for thousands of years by the ancient Maya. Amazingly fresh, pure and natural avocado oil – a favorite ingredient in expensive cosmetic products. Buy your avocados in the local market, make and take the avocado oil with you. 1 morning – 95Q paid direct to the Maya.

Maya Hammock Workshop – you weave your own hammock with the expert assistance of a local Maya Hammock craftswoman. Your hammock will be custom measured and made just for you – perfect fit. When you’re done, take your  hammock with you – it’s yours – a perfect addition for your travels in Central America. 2 mornings of workshop and ~18 hours of weaving – 200Q paid direct to the Maya.

El Mirador / la Danta 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 / la Danta 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 / la Danta from here and most of our travelers do the el Mirador / la Danta 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 / la Danta Rainforest Trek Workshop, we have cooks, guides, mules and a muleskinners waiting for you in Carmelita – load your gear+supplies on their mules and head into the rain forest.

The el Mirador / la Danta Rainforest Trek Workshop is two mornings and includes a trip to Motul the ancient Maya village just up the road from San Jose. Be educated. Be prepared. 295Q paid direct to the Maya.

Maya Cooking Workshop – learn traditional Maya recipes – everyone raves about this woman’s food – yum yum yum – one morning – 120Q paid direct to the Maya.

Spanish Language Workshops – are held one-on-one with an experienced Spanish teacher. Schedule your Spanish sessions as/when/where you like in any of the Maya beach communities we serve – 35Q per hour, available in 10-hour minimum blocks, paid direct to your Spanish teacher.