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WHERE TO STAY La Iguana Per­dida Santa Cruz La La­guna 011-502-5706-4117


With ac­com­mo­da­tions rang­ing from dorm beds ($6/night) to “lux­ury” suites with pri­vate baths ($43/night), this hos­tel at­tracts a friendly and di­verse group of back­pack­ers, cou­ples and lo­cal re­tirees dur­ing nightly com­mu­nal din­ners ($8).

La­guna Lodge Eco-Re­sort & Na­ture Re­serve 1 Tzan­ti­zotz, Pana­jachel 7010 011-502-4066-8135

the­la­gu­nalodge.com This six-suite lux­ury eco-lodge comes equipped with an on-site spa, res­tau­rant and lake-view yoga classes (from $180).

WHAT TO DO Proyecto Mo­saico pro­mo­saico.org The Ger­man non­profit group of­fers month-long vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties with the Lema weav­ing co-op in San Juan. They can also ar­range Span­ish classes, air­port trans­porta­tion and lodg­ing with a host fam­ily (not in­cluded in their nearly $280 fee). Vol­un­teers are ex­pected to work a full-time week, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m, daily.

Cen­tro Maya Ser­vi­cio In­te­gral


cen­tro­mayasi.org A San Juan-based non­profit group that pro­vides ther­apy, nutri­tion coun­sel­ing and em­ploy­ment train­ing to lo­cal spe­cial-needs chil­dren. Vol­un­teers with spe­cial­ized skills, such as phys­i­cal ther­apy, pho­tog­ra­phy and Web de­sign, are sought for stays of three months or more.

IN­FOR­MA­TION To ar­range tours or for more in­for­ma­tion about tex­tiles in San Juan La La­guna, visit


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