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Find out what’s bubbling in the typical Guatemalan kitchen during this 4-hour cooking class near Lake Atitlan. Spend your session gaining a hands-on understanding of three Guatemalan dishes, discovering the blend of Mayan and Spanish colonial flavors that give this Central American cuisine its unique taste. You’ll finish class by enjoying a tasty lunch of the dishes you prepared, and recipe book to recreate the dishes in the future. Optional upgrades featuring private lessons and visits to the market are also available.
Take a journey through the traditions of Mayan spirituality as you experience a 2-hour traditional fire-cleansing ceremony with a guide in the Sacred Caves of Lake Atitlan. Step inside these mystical caves, used by local Mayans for many centuries, to observe the performance of this holy and powerful ritual by a local shaman. Listen as your guide explains the history and traditions behind the ritual and provides insight into the Mayan calendar system. Before you leave, you’ll have time to admire the gorgeous views of the lake down below.
Surrounded by three volcanoes, Antigua Guatemala was once the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala until the Santa Marta earthquakes destroyed the city in the late 1700s. Left in ruins for many years, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that the city became the tourism hub of the country. Today, the city is filled with coffee shops and international restaurants, and is always buzzing with live music and salsa classes.
Walk around Antigua Guatemala learning about its history, visiting some important landmarks. modern spots to visit while sampling local delicacies, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Visit four traditional villages in one day with this day trip from Antigua to San Juan del Obispo, San Pedro las Huertas, Ciudad Vieja, and San Antonio Aguas Calientes. This tour packs in sightseeing at every stop: see churches, plazas, markets, and even a chocolate workshop, all while learning about the area’s Spanish and Mayan history from your guide as you go.
Get a taste for Antigua’s unique food scene during this fun-filled 7-hour cooking and shopping excursion. Learn the fundamentals of Guatemalan cuisine, and its Spanish and Mayan roots, while shopping for raw ingredients at the Antigua Market. Then bring your haul to the kitchen, where an expert chef helps you prepare a main course, two sides and dessert. After enjoying your handiwork for lunch, visit the Chocolate Museum to learn about the production of this tasty foodstuff, followed by a chocolate-making session. A guide and all entrance fees are included.
Delve into local culinary culture with a cooking class held inside the ChocoMuseo. With the guidance of bilingual chefs, learn how to cook some of Guatemala’s most typical, (and delicious) dishes. Your class also includes a tropical fruit tasting, Guatemalan rum tasting, and wine and soft drinks.
Step inside the Maya community of Santa Cruz with this NGO visit. Check out a successful non-profit vocational training center with classes in cooking, beading, sewing, and carpentry. Visit a classroom, café, and store run by the organization. Explore the village of Santa Cruz, home to one of the oldest churches in Guatemala, and end your tour with lunch at the NGO-run rooftop café overlooking the waters of Lake Atitlan.
Sit alongside local women and learn the art of Maya beading with this hands-on workshop in Santa Cruz la Laguna. Not only is this socially responsible tour a great way to learn about the Maya cultures found on Lake Atitlan, but it also directly benefits local communities. Upgrade to include lunch at Lake Atitlan’s top restaurant—also run by a social enterprise—or a community-led tour of the village.
With their costumes, music, and parades, Day of the Dead celebrations are some of the most iconic in Latin America. Take part in the cultural tradition of giant kites on this Day of the Dead festival tour from Sumpango, which shares with you the history of the holiday and teaches you about the kite making ritual. This tour presents a rare opportunity to learn directly from a local guide about a unique regional custom.
Learn more about the Mayan culture that makes Lake Atitlan famous on this tour to the shrine of Maximon, a Mayan folk saint who lives in Santiago de Atitlan. Travel directly from your accommodation in Panajachel to the shrine of Maximon, where you can enjoy local liquor or cigarettes along with the shrine and its priest guardians.
Explore the traditional markets of Antigua and learn about regional cuisine on this popular tour from Guatemala City. Spend the day learning how to cook some of the nation's most iconic dishes, including beans, tortillas and more. Take home printed recipes to share with friends! You can even participate in a chocolate making workshop and learn how bitter beans are made into one of the world's sweetest treats!
Embark on an exotic culinary adventure with this 5-hour small-group cooking class in Antigua, including hotel pick-up. Master expert techniques and local ingredients to create typical Guatemalan dishes like ‘hilachas’, tamales and ‘camote en dulce’, under the watchful eye of a professional chef. After tasting your creations over lunch, leave armed with recipes and cooking tips to help you recreate your favorite dishes back home.
Learn how to make traditional Mayan dishes during a culinary tour in Antigua. Pick up fresh ingredients and see how the locals shop at the vibrant Central Market, then head to your instructor’s home. Be sure to come hungry, as you prepare - and devour - pepian (meat stew), hilachas (beef with tomato sauce), jocon (green chicken stew), and more over the course of the class.
Casa Botran has made the manufacture of rum in a delicious art, producing aged rums through the combination of raw materials with unique characteristics, giving life to the exquisite rum that positions the land of the quetzal as a producer of one of the finest rums of the world with a personality different from the rest of European and Caribbean style rums.
Visiting Pacaya Volcano on a private tour means that you can hike up the active volcano with a guide at your own pace. Learn about the volcano’s geologic history from your guide as you trek over lava fields and past fumaroles during the roughly 1-hour ascent. Plus, pickup from your Guatemala City or Antigua hotel means you don’t have to sweat transportation logistics any step of the way.
The oral tradition tells that during a plague in colonial times, the Kaqchikel population took San Antonio de Padua as their patron, and together with the abundance of hot springs in the area they renamed their village as San Antonio Aguas Calientes. Nowadays, this is still a town that bases their economy in agriculture, it's full of culture, traditions and above all, unique and beautiful handmade textiles.
This tour aims to preserve the art of weaving in Guatemala, the highest expression of the Mayan worldview. The tour starts in Guatemala City or from La Antigua Guatemala. After pick up time you will transfer to the community of Santo Domingo Xenacoj, located 37km from Guatemala City. Upon arrival in the community we will meet with an Association of weavers of Santo Domingo Xenacoj and start our weaving workshop (duration 3 hours). During the weaving workshop we will share local stories, the meaning of textiles and the importance to transmit to new generations the weaving techniques and art. After our workshop we will continue for a traditional Guatemalan lunch prepared by a member of the community. Before heading back to Guatemala City we will do a walking tour around the community of Santo Domingo Xenacoj.
This popular Pacaya Volcano day trip from Guatemala City is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the country’s most active volcano. Follow your expert local guide to the top of this fiery mountain and look out over stunning views of Guatemala countryside. It’s a memorable way to experience the natural beauty of this incredible country and is perfect for novice hikers.
Find out what’s brewing in Antigua during this 6.5-hour immersion in Guatemala’s world-famous coffee industry. Discover the entire coffee process from farm field to cup as you visit coffee plantations, experience the harvesting process and stop by the home of a local coffee farmer to share some freshly-made joe. You’ll finish the day back at Antigua’s market, where you can sample some the ‘comedores’ (food stands).
You will put your creativity to work, from selecting your piece, carving it yourself, giving it shine and customizing it with a special engraving.
Always guided by our expert carvers and at the end you can take home a unique creation, made with your own hands.
You will take a piece of culture and our land Guatemala with you.
An experience that you can not miss!
We will wait for you.
We want to begin our Crawl by going to the south of Antigua to visit a traditional coffee farm with breathtaking views of the volcanoes. At the farm we want to be recived by an expert in coffee planting and process. Here we want to learn the journey that takes coffee from plant to cup. As we finish our walk through the farm we will drive back to Antigua, where we will visit two coffee shops to take two workshops where we will play with your senses and teach you all about coffee from our coffee experts, all this while learning the best-kept secrets of the streets of Antigua. Finally, we will go to a craft brewery, to enjoy a refreshing beer with notes of coffee and learn about the use of coffee beans in other products. By the end of the Coffee Crawl, not only will you meet new people and take your knowledge of coffee to the next level, but we will have lots of fun!
Get up close and personal with a Guatemalan volcano during this 7-hour Pacaya Volcano hike, one of the country’s most active. Travel through volcanic vegetation and surreal landscapes on your way to the top, enjoying impressive views of three nearby volcanic peaks, including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango at the summit. Your trip from Antigua to the volcano also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel and a guide.