Uaxactun Indigenous Community

The Uaxactún indigenous community is based in the Uaxactún Archaeological Park, and they are the perfect hosts to guide visitors to the site. In order to promote sustainable development, they are organized for the management and conservation of the OMYC forest.

The community has more than one hundred years of existence in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, and is composed of 154 families and 900 mestizo inhabitants. Its economy is based on the sustainable use of the ornamental palm of xate, chewing gum, ramón, wicker and bayal crafts, pepper and wood, with the management of more than 83,558 hectares granted in concession by the Government of Guatemala for a period of 25 years. The tour packages include horseback riding tours; visit to the Juan Antonio Valdés museum with more than 533 pieces; camping, and tasting of the local cuisine with dishes such as mashed palm hearts, corn dough scones, and chaya leaf, among others. Women make handicrafts using dried corn leaves, making the famous tuscan dolls.

The Uaxactún Archaeological Park is an archaeo-astronomical site of the Mayan culture that has been explored since 1930. It is a starting point for important tourist destinations, offering Mayan architectural complexes, one of them, known as group “E,” built to observe the movement of the sun, and to indicate dates and events.



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