The association was founded to preserve the Maya Itzá culture – all tourism income is reinvested in the association. We instituted a programme to teach the Itzá language in local schools and work with American universities to catalogue the medicinal plants used in the community. We teach career skills to adults and teens, and use of medicinal plants to community members. We also organize cultural interchanges with Mayan groups from Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize.
We donate fruit-bearing trees to poor families in the area. The association maintains 36 km2 forest reserve in the Central American Ecological Corridor between the El Zotz and Tikal Biosphere reserves. The site contains four minor Mayan ruins. A training centre has been constructed onsite for community activities and we have set up group aimed at involving young people (15-25 years) from the community in activities to protect the environment and promote Itzá culture, while helping their personal development.
This holiday is part of the responsibletravel.com and Conservation International Community Based Tourism Programme to support and promote community based tourism ventures that offer significant conservation and development benefits to local communities.