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Guatemala / Culturas vivas
Paso Caballos community and Perú Waka archaeological site (Petén)

1. How to get there: Paso Caballos is located 75 km northeast of Flores in the Petén department, which is reached through a dirt road in 4x4 transports. The trip from Guatemala City to Flores takes about 10 hours by bus or 40 minutes by plane, by daily flights. In Paso Caballos you can take a boat to reach the Scarlet Macaw Biological Station (20 minutes) or to el Peru Waka (45 minutes). From the dock you walk about 6 km to reach the archaeological site.

2. Ecosystem: Both the community and the archaeological site are immersed in the Petén rain forest along the banks of the San Pedro River, in the Laguna del Tigre National Park in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Maya-Q'eqchi’ de Paso Caballos community is located at the entrance to the park. On the way is the Biological Station "Las Guacamayas," dedicated to the conservation and protection of the scarlet macaw.

3. Tourist attractions: Peru Waka archaeological site played a key role in the struggles to establish dominance among the powers of Tikal Mayan, east, and Calakmul, in the northeast. Some 672 buildings are distributed on this site that features four main squares and exceptional pieces of sculpture. The place is surrounded by a dense forest with abundant wildlife in an area which is ideal habitat for monkeys, toucans and jaguars. One of the most representative species of Laguna del Tigre National Park is the scarlet macaw, which nests in the area between February and June, and is in danger of extinction.

4. Tourist activities: We offer a 3 day trip during which you explore the Maya jungle and visit el Peru Waka archaeological site and the nesting site of the scarlet macaw. You can walk to the Rock of Buena Vista, a research and monitoring of wildlife place, located in Laguna del Tigre Park.

5. Tourist services: We offer guided services, lodging in camps, boat transportation and meals.

6. Suggested tour package: We include tour guides, food, lodging in camps, boat transport, tour through Paso Caballos community and to the archaeological site el Peru Waka, and a walking tour to explore the jungle for 3 days. The price per person depends on group size.

7. What to bring: Clothing should be adapted to a warm and humid climate, including boots or appropriate footwear to walk in. For your protection bring hat or cap, sunglasses, water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent.

8. Our organization: The Community Ecotourism Committee, set up in 1999, is responsible for organizing tours to el Peru Waka archaeological site and Buena Vista Rock. The Committee is part of a route "Puerta al Mundo Maya," ecotourism project that began in 2001 with the aim of improving the quality of life of the community. To follow up this initiative in 2003, arose the project "Community Development Q'eqchi' and Sustainable Tourism" funded by USAID and coordinated by Counterpart International. The NGO assists local communities in organization, management and in improving services and infrastructure to become more competitive agricultural and tourism business.

9. Booking information: For reservations, sales and travel information, call or write to:

  • Phone: (502) 5908-7675 and (502) 5978-1465.
  • Email: info@puertamundomaya.com
  • Website: www.puertamundomaya.com
  • Contact: Alberto Teni.
  • Address: Comité de Ecoturismo de Paso Caballos, Paso Caballos community; Petén, Guatemala..



2011-01-10

 

 
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