I feel like I should include some links for the (wonderful) businesses I’ve patronized so far, as well as offer a few recommendations for fellow travelers. The blog software keeps track of what search terms people use to find my blog, and quite a few of them are travel- related. So here are highlights:
Antigua: Earthlodge – Super-friendly out of town alternative to the Antigua party-hardy scene. Really delicious vegetarian meals available.
San Mateo Ixtatán: Ixtatán Foundation (Fundación Ixtateca)– Development org. that runs a high school in San Mateo. Friendly gringos can also provide local info.
Nebaj: El Descanso (operated by nebaj.org)– Tasty restaurant, and can arrange local guides for a range of outdoor pursuits. The guides are very recommended (at least, Nico was friendly and knowledgeable).
Todos Santos Cuchumatán: Hispanomaya– Highly recommendable Spanish and Mam (Maya) language school. Will arrange homestays as well. Friendly gringo coordinator can provide lots of excellent tourist info and will guide hikes. All proceeds go to scholarships for local kids.
Xela: Entremundos– Will hook anyone up with a volunteer position at an organization of their interest. Also publishes a very informative, bi-monthly, bilingual magazine on human rights, environment, and other social issues in Guatemala.