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.

Right for You?

Duration

2-3 Hours

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion and Foodie Fun

Languages

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

Location

Lake and Small Towns/Villages

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Etnica

Locally Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$32/person

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Speaks: Spanish and Other Local Language

Details

Schedule

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

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

Minimum 2 travelers

What's Included

Activities

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

Guide

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

Food

Lunch
You'll eat what you make!

Traveler Reviews

If you've been here, please tell us about it!  

Disappointed

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

Your Local Host

Etnica

Locally Owned Social Enterprise

Partnering directly with local associations, cooperatives, independent artisans, fishermen, farmers and local families, Etnica offers community tourism experiences in areas throughout Guatemala. Their experiences are personalized and founded on the empowerment of local community members - providing travelers with a unique and culturally immersive adventure.

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Getting There

Transport options

Boat
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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