Cooperativa Carmelita

Lodging and Multi-Day Tours in Carmelita, Guatemala

The Carmelita Cooperative was formed in 2000 and consists of 16 community guides, cooks, service providers, a community lodge and vehicles. Carmelita's main tour is the multi-day jungle hike to El Mirador, which is Central America's tallest Mayan ruins.

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Archeological Expedition, Backpacking, Camping, Community Visit, Trekking and Wildlife Viewing


Active Adventure, Connect with Nature, Roughing it and Off the Beaten Path




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Locally Owned Community Cooperative
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Speaks: Spanish and English

Why Lokal Recommends Cooperativa Carmelita


Community Cooperative started in 2000| Locally Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

Prior to the tourism cooperative the main source of income for Carmelita was gum. There are a surplus of Manikara Zapota trees in the region where one can extract a substance that is used to make chewing gum. When they realized that tourism was a viable alternative to the gum industry they decided to commercialize the multi-day hike to El Mirador, and from there the cooperative has expanded to other tourism destinations and tours in Peten. The trail to El Mirador (the biggest ruins in Central America) is 3/4ths on their land and the community has worked for years to capacitate tour guides, buy enough mules (to carry the supplies), and open a reservations office in the town of Flores. The cooperative is comprised of over 200 individuals.


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