Sustainable Development

 

The Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park is jointly managed by the Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas –CONAP- (Protected Areas National Council) and the Directorate of Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte -MICUDE- (Ministry of Culture and Sports). The Park represents a unique model of co-administration for the management of protected areas in Guatemala that seeks to ensure that decisions are made through a consensus process and that local communities receive tangible benefits from the conservation of the Park.

To accomplish this, the Yaxha Heritage Fund was created which aims to support initiatives that contribute to the sustainable development of the Park and its communities. This fund is managed by an Advisory Board comprised of: CONAP’s Executive Secretary, the Minister of Culture and Sport, the Director of the University Center of Petén of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, the Director of the Guatemala Tourism Commission, the Mayor of Flores (Petén), the Mayor of Melchor de Mencos (Petén), and a representative of the 12 surrounding communities.

Proceeds from tourist visits to the Park are invested in strengthening the integral development of the Yaxha region since it favors the economic development of local communities as well as the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Park. The involvement of local communities in tourism activities has been encouraged and thus, local practices have changed from deforestation and predation to conservation and development of tourist services.

The communities have organized into four associations to provide tourist services:
 

Community Tourism Guides Association of Yaxha

The Community Tourism Guides Association of Yaxha offers certified community guiding services to visit the four monumental sites in the Park: Yaxha, Topoxte, Nakum and Naranjo. In case of staying overnight at the sites, the guides offer complete packages that include the placing of tents, blankets, food, utensils and water.

The Community Tourism Guides Association of Yaxha formed in 2008 and currently has 26 guides originating from five communities in the area, 20 of them have a license as Community Guide, endorsed by INTECAP. Eight guides work in the area as Park rangers. The guides are constantly in training, although they don’t guide in English yet.

Phone: (502) 3189-3050

 

Community Association for Integral Development of the Yaxha Region

The Community Association for Integral Development of the Yaxha Region offers shuttle services on four-wheel drive vehicles to the main archaeological sites within Destination Yaxha and from the main cities in Petén.
 

Los Tulipanes de Yaxha Community Association for Integral Development

Los Tulipanes de Yaxha Community Association for Integral Development provides water transportation services within the Yaxha Lagoon.
 

La Máquina de Yaxha Community Association for Integral Development

This group of artists makes crafts out of wood and roots with unique designs based on the history and culture of Yaxha. This association was formed in 2011 with the vision to sustainably harness the forest resources, like wood and dried roots, for the economic benefit of its members and the community.

 

By hiring the services provided by local communities you are contributing to local economic development and the conservation of the natural and cultural resources of Destination Yaxha.

 



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