Cook pepian and tortillas the traditional way

San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala

Cook pepian and tortillas the traditional way

Do you want a one-of-a-kind, authentic Guatemalan experience that supports local communities, guided by local Guatemalans while getting off the beaten path?

Pepian, the national dish of Guatemala, is a mouth-watering chicken stew made with different types of native chilis, seeds, and vegetables - not to worry, it's not spicy. Including the hand-crafted tortillas, it takes 3-4 hours to make and is prepared the traditional way over a fire. You will go into the home of the "chef" (also known as a Guatemalan wife and mother) who doesn't use a recipe because after years of experience she knows how to make this dish by heart. You'll need to prepare the chicken too, and this isn't store bought chicken! Try your hand at making tortillas - keyword try - it's not an easy art!

Right for You?



Half Day

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion, Foodie Fun and Family Friendly



Physical Activity

Light activity


Small Towns/Villages and Rural Communities


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited
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Speaks: Spanish



Available at 9 am or 2 pm (need 1 day's notice to arrange with the chef), lasts approximately 3 hoursor


Flexible Departure Date
All year


4 travelers minimum

What's Included


Local guide (not bilingual) and Bilingual guide (extra $)

Your Local Host

De la Gente

De la Gente

Foreign Owned Nonprofit

De la Gente works with coffee farming communities to create economic opportunity that improves the quality of life of their families and communities. You can meet farmers and artisans and work alongside them in their homes, as you create your own souvenir, not to mention memories to last a lifetime. Take a tour led by a smallholder coffee farmer to see where your coffee comes from, learn to make pepian (the national dish of Guatemala) in the home of a local 'chef' or try your hand in making a number of other artisan goods.

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Getting There

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Taxi and Tuk Tuk
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