What to do and see in Guatemala, Guatemala: The Best Food & Drink

May 21, 2022 Margarita Chappel

Coordinates: 15°30′N 90°15′W / 15.500°N 90.250°W / 15.500; -90.250

1. El Frijol Feliz Cooking School

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El Frijol Feliz Cooking School

Take home the rich culture of Guatemala by learning how to prepare the local cuisine at Antigua's premier cooking school! Begin with a personalized, hands-on class with local chefs and then enjoy your meal in our beautiful dining room or patio. Spanish to English translators are provided, and complimentary wine, beer, or soda are served during the class.

2. De La Gente - Private Tours

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De La Gente - Private Tours

Our tours and workshops welcome visitors to local communities around Antigua Guatemala and open up a world of adventure, immersion, and exchange while creating economic opportunities by supplementing family income. We offer workshops for creating your own burlap coffee bag, a huipil bag workshop, an iron sculpting workshop, a pepian cooking workshop, a woodworking workshop, a coffee cupping and brewing workshop, and our famous coffee tour. Our coffee tour gives an opportunity to to visit a coffee plantation and learn about the complete process from bean to cup. Our coffee tour gives you an oppertunity to spend time interacting directly with a Guatemalan coffee farmer. In our coffee cupping and brewing workshop, our coffee expert will first guide you through a practice of catacion (cupping), explaining how coffee quality is evaluated by professionals. Testing a variety of DLG coffees you will learn how to identify aromas and flavors with the help of the coffee taster’s flavor wheel.

3. Taste Antigua

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Taste Antigua

Get to know the flavors and ingredients of traditional Guatemalan food with the original food tours of Guatemala. Since 2015, guests have enjoyed our authentic Guatemalan food experiences. We offer a variety of tours for every foodie explorer.

4. Ninos De Guatemala

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5.0 based on 115 reviews

Ninos De Guatemala

Niños de Guatemala is a nonprofit organization that offers a unique opportunity to get off the beaten tourist path and see first-hand cultural & adventure sights. Experience Antigua, Guatemala, a UNESCO world heritage site, as well as the abundant Guatemalan countryside. Our experiences consist of visiting local, non-touristic towns with activities such as worry-doll making, chicken bus tours, culinary tours, cultural and historic walking tours, coffee and chocolate tours, and volunteering for a day at the schools of the nonprofit. We also offer national tours to Tikal, Iximche, Lake Atitlán, and much more. Niños de Guatemala Tours is a social enterprise donating 100% of profits back to the education of over 500 children in Guatemala who could otherwise not go to school.

5. Mayan Kitchen

Rn 14 Between Casa Blanca Hotel and Hostel Fe, San Pedro La Laguna 07018 Guatemala +502 5824 7440 [email protected] http://www.mayankitchencookingclass.com/
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Mayan Kitchen

Are you looking to experience Guatemala in an authentic and personal way? Experience the taste and flavors of Guatemala cooking at the Lake Atitlan Maya Kitchen. This class will help you understand how our Mayan culture and Spanish colonial influence blended together in a perfect harmony through food. You will have lots of hands-on fun learning how to cook up three authentic Guatemalan dishes during this 3-5 hour Guatemala cooking class. Learn how to prepare traditional recipes that are unique to Guatemala, and come away with all the skills you need to prepare them in your own kitchen. Our classes start at 9am. with a tour in the local Market, where together will purchase our ingredients, buying organic vegies from local people productors so in that way We are supporting their projects and giving them opportunities too.

Reviewed By Gapyeartravelers

Anita’s cooking class was our favourite activity in San Pedro !! We had the best experience, from buying fresh produce from the market in the morning to cooking up the yummiest meal in the most beautiful kitchen. There were 3 of us in the class which was the perfect number to all get involved and always have something to do ! Anita was the best host, so accommodating, knowledgeable about Mayan culture and open to sharing her own amazing story. Preparing the meal and then sitting down altogether to eat it was so rewarding and it tasted amazing !! I couldn’t recommend this Mayan cooking class more to anyone of any age. If you are in San Pedro it is absolutely a must !!!!

6. Atitlan Organics

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Atitlan Organics

Come experience the best organic farm on Lake Atitlan on our Monday Farm Tours! Nestled in the undiscovered village of Tzununa, visitors will experience Permaculture farming and Mayan culture with all five senses. Learn about two fully functioning, profitable Permaculture farms. The activity begins with an interactive tour of our partners Granja Tzi'kin and continues up the road to also tour Atitlan Organics. On both farms you will learn about Permaculture and see how relationships between humans, plants, animals, and the earth develop and function to create eco-systems. Meet our animals: depending on the season we may be home to chickens, pigs, and/or goats. Sample fresh fruit from our food forest, and if you're interested in starting your own garden pick out some plants from our nursery. Following the farm tour there is an optional visit to nearby waterfall, and then a delicious farm fresh vegetarian lunch at the farm-to-table restaurant in the neighboring Bambu Guest House.

7. Foodie & Tours Guatemala

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Foodie & Tours Guatemala

Join us on one of the exceptional tours and activities that we've handpicked for this season. Don’t miss out on learning about the local food culture in Guatemala!

8. Shangrila Coffee Roastery

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Shangrila Coffee Roastery

We offer a unique coffee tour. First a guide will walk you through coffee fields. All coffee is shade grown on small plots and handpicked. You will see how coffee is grown and in season witness harvesting. We then show you how coffee is being processed and roasted at our artesian plant and coffee roast lab. Add ons to the tour including coffee tasting, a chocolate tour etc are available.

9. La Tortilla Cooking School

3 Calle Poniente # 25, Antigua 03001 Guatemala +502 4168 7068 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/latortillacooking/timeline
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La Tortilla Cooking School

We are the best cooking school in Antigua Guatemala. At La Tortilla Cooking School you will learn interesting facts about Guatemala and its multifaceted food culture, cook up authentic Guatemalan dishes, make friends with our local culinary instructors who will charm you with their personal stories and expert local knowledge, enjoy your own creations with newfound friends. You will learn more than just how to cook, you will learn about Guatemalan culture!

Reviewed By emiliedm2014 - Medford, United States

This cooking school is hands down the best bang for your buck! I came with my brother and good friend (10:30am class). They both had never tried a cooking class in Guatemala before, and we left with full tummies and a new found appreciation for Guatemalan cuisine! During the class, we made Pepían (traditional dish of Guatemala), chocolate stuffed plantains, rice with vegetables, radish mint lime onion salad, plantain juice (really good for a hangover lol), and handmade tortillas! (Tricky, but my favorite part) They showed all the ingredients before we started, and there’s no added artificial flavors, and very little food waste! Each of us was given things to do throughout the class, and it was very simple and fun. We got to drink as much wine as we could, and enjoy all the food when we were done! Sonia was our cook, and she was friendly and knowledgeable, and was always on top of everything. I have lived in Antigua for 2 years and this is easily one of the best things to do with friends and family. I highly recommend this school to have a wonderful time with friends! It was a great way to spend a morning. Thanks La Tortilla! 10/10 would recommend (:

10. Lake Atitlan Travel Guide

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Lake Atitlan Travel Guide

Lake Atitlan Tours Provides First Class Tour Services for Travelers to the Highlands of Guatemala. Lake Atitlan Tours Invites You to Discover and Experience the Cultural, Historical, and Natural Wonders of Lake Atitlan Guatemala for a Truly Magical and Unforgettable Experience. From majestic volcanoes and mountains and mysterious ancient Mayan temples and ruins, to colorful outdoor markets, Lake Atitlan’s unique physical attributes offer some of the most-awe-inspiring sites in the world.

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