If you go
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.
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