Editor’s Note: Carlos Vivar was nominated as one of the World’s Best Guides for Wanderlust’s annual competition for exceptional travel guides, and his video is highlighted here as an example of high quality video storytelling.
Many people visit Guatemala’s Maya ruins. Few can say they’ve spent the night at one. Located near the famous Tikal in Guatemala’s remote, northern department of El Petén, Uaxactún is an archaeological site and village that has been inhabited by the Maya for centuries. It flourished between 350 A.D. and 250 A.D. and is home today to partially restored temples and a small Maya community that’s made up mostly of chicleros (harvesters of natural gum).
A fulltime guide for Viaventure Central America, Carlos Vivar grew up playing in the rainforests and around the ruins of Uaxactún. Today, he accompanies visitors to his village to share a glimpse of what rural jungle living is like and how the ancient Maya may have lived. Not just any tour, this experience includes dining and “luxury” camping alongside the temples, providing guests a unique opportunity to learn about the site and local community and to sleep under the stars. For a sneak peek at Uaxactún and the camping experience, check out the video below. To learn more, contact [email protected] or visit www.viaventure.com.