The Toledo Ecotourism Association arranges stays in one of several participating Mayan and Ket'chi villages, including San Jose, Santa Elena, San Antonio, San Miguel, and Laguna. (Several other villages have day visit programs only.) You stay in a very simple but clean guesthouse, typically with thatch roof, bunk beds, outside bathroom, and no electricity or running water, then visit Mayan homes in the village for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cost for stay and meals is
around BZ$85 per person. During the day there are walks to the nearby ruins or to waterfalls that empty into shimmering pools. Before you book this kind of stay, though, know that the point of it is to get an authentic feel for the region—this can be a rare opportunity to learn about the culture, but if the thought of chickens running in and out of your digs isn't your idea of a nice vacation, this isn't the stay for you. At present, T.E.A. doesn't have a staff person in Punta Gorda, so it's best to check with the BTIA office on Front Street, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. You will be responsible for arranging your own transport to the villages, and buses don't run every day.