Local Cooking Class in Lake Atitlan Community

San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala

Local Cooking Class in Lake Atitlan Community

Guatemalan cuisine has its roots in maya culture, however spanish influence and the use of endemic ingredientes from the region stand out. Venture to learn the preparation of a traditional Guatemalan dish, visit the market and learn about the local ingredients and flavors of San Juan la Laguna. Your hosts will be from a local women's cooperative and your visit directly supports their community development efforts.

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2-3 Hours

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion and Foodie Fun


Spanish and Other Local Language
Your hosts will only speak Spanish and Quechua, but you can arrange for a bilingual translator if needed!

Physical Activity

Light activity


Lake and Small Towns/Villages


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited
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Speaks: Spanish and Other Local Language



Flexible start time, between 8am and 3pm. Tours typically start in the morning (best for visiting the market).


Flexible Departure Date
All year


Minimum 2 travelers

What's Included


Visit the market to buy your ingredients and then go with your local host to learn to cook a traditional meal


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


You'll eat what you make!

Traveler Reviews



The cooking class was just okay. The real disappointment was spending $50 for a translator who hardly spoke any English. If we hadn’t had a member of our group who spoke some Spanish we would have been terribly lost. The translator was a local guide who only wanted to take us to other shops and spend money or take other tours. Less than half of our time was spent in the cooking class. Very disappointed
April 2019

Wonderful cooking class experience.

Just finished a wonderful cooking class experience. We made pepian a traditional Guatemala dish. Ours was better than the one at the restaurant last night. We did need an interpreter and Pablo was great adding insight plus translating. Great cooking and cultural experience. Highly recommend.
February 2019

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Locally Owned Social Enterprise

Etnica partners directly with local associations, cooperatives, independent artisans, fishermen, farmers and local families throughout Guatemala, so they can provide travelers with a unique and culturally immersive adventure. They specialize in creating personalized travel experiences, founded on the empowerment of local communities.

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Getting There

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You will meet a representative from the cooperative at the public pier in San Juan la Laguna to start the tour.
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