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It is not tourism, but a mutual “cultural” exchange in which the visitor participates in the daily family activities. It is to exchange experiences; learn from each other. The visitor is treated as extended family, an aunt, cousin, uncle and etc.. not as anyone ‘special’. The visitor has no private guest room, but sleeps in a hammock or foam mattress. The visitor bathes in the nearby creek, where the family bathes. Meals are not special but what the family eats everyday, which is corn tortillas with eggs, beans and hot pepper and occasionally game meat or local chicken. Visitors are expected to participate in family activities including making tortillas, washing in the creek and even going to a milpa (small crop field cleared from the forest). Most of the host families are tri-liqual English, Mopan and Qeqchi. Transportation is available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, leaving Punta Gorda at 11:30 AM direct to Aguacate. Transportation leaves Aguacate back to Punta Gorda on the same days early in the morning around 6:00 AM. Accommodation – US$7.50 per person per night plus US.68cents for hotel tax. (BZ$15pp pn plus BZ$1.35 tax) Meals – US$3.50 per person per meal. (BZ$7 per meal) Registration Fee – US$5 per person per village. (BZ$10 pp) A portion of the fee is dedicated for the village development fund and the village coordinator. The fee benefits the entire village. Groups of four or more are provided with a brief orientation on village life and expectations before going to the villages. Management Fee US$2.50 per person (groups only)(BZ$5pp).