Culinary Break in Antigua

7 days

Walk the cobblestone streets of colonial Antigua Guatemala. See the bustling market of Antigua to explore fresh ingredients. Learn about assorted types of cacao and prepare your own chocolate treats. Go on a coffee tour and learn about the production process.

Antigua Guatemala

Ancient ingredients

Street food

Colorful markets

Highlights

Antigua Guatemala, San Miguel Escobar, Comalapa, Mayan markets, coffee and macadamia farms.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Arrive at the international airport in Guatemala City and transfer to Antigua Guatemala, your new home during your Guatemala culinary trip. Enjoy a stay at a boutique hotel. Favored for dinner this evening is the acclaimed Meson Panza Verde. The restaurant offers a display of international cuisine options.

Day 2. Street food tour

Enjoy the morning free to wander the cobblestone streets of Antigua Guatemala. Accustom yourself to this delicate colonial city and its breathtaking ruins and volcano views. The day begins with a visit to the bustling Antigua local market. People come from surrounding towns each day to sell and buy produce, fish, meats, flowers, even animals, and more. You can also discover traditional textiles, handicrafts, pots, and clothes here. 

Guatemala offers a long and proud food culture and history and welcomes the chance to share its most esteemed dishes with tourists. Tortillas, Pepian Revolcado (Brain stew), and Tamales are all well-known choices. On weekends locals go to the streets to eat. Because many traditional Guatemalan dishes need a long preparation time, they are commonly only made on certain occasions.

Later in the day, your guide will take you on a tour of street food and hot spots, where you have the opportunity to taste some of the most original cuisines of Guatemala. These are the locations where long lines of locals are a fixture and for a very good reason: the food served is exquisite and well-prepared. Learn the cultural and historic meaning of the dishes on offer and also visit the bustling local market to explore the colorful variety of ingredients used in Guatemalan cuisine.

Please keep in mind that this tour is for more adventurous eaters. If you still have a place for dinner, your suggested Guatemalan cuisine tonight is at the La Fonda Calle Real restaurant.

Day 3. Cooking class

Today, discover the indulgent art of chocolate making with a hands-on workshop of your own at ChocoMuseo. Learn first about the Mayan history and finding of the cacao bean and how it led to the mass production of chocolate worldwide nowadays. Learn about different types of cacao and its health gains before taking on the challenge of making your chocolate delicacies. Begin with the bean and work it into cacao tea, Maya hot chocolate, and European hot chocolate.

Later practice your creativity by adding ingredients such as almonds, coffee beans, sea salt, ginger, and more to create your chocolate bar creation. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. Later, you will walk from your hotel to a local restaurant famous for its authentic flavors of Guatemalan eats.

You will be able to fully participate in this experience and after a short introduction, a local chef starts by teaching you about the amusing mixture of Spanish and Mayan impacts on Guatemalan flavors by using the best quality of vegetables, herbs, meats, and spices chosen from the local market. Cook in an old-fashioned kitchen while enjoying the authentic flavors of a full Guatemalan meal you have prepared. 

Day 4. Comalapa

Today, venture one hour outside of the city with your driver and local guide to the small town of Comalapa. This town is home to many local painters. Visit the distinguished mural painted by school children in 1996 depicting the recent civil war events of Guatemala.

Discover the market today, the main shopping heart for many locals, and witness those still wearing the traditional Maya dresses. See the small museum devoted to the composer of the national anthem of Guatemala and enjoy lunch before going back this afternoon to Antigua. 

Day 5. World-class coffee

The biggest contribution to the worldwide cuisine market of Guatemala is its coffee. Today, explore the production process on a coffee excursion in the local town of San Miguel Escobar. As Green, as it Gets, is a charity working to help small independent coffee producers and boost sustainable agriculture practice.

Visit some of the families backed by the organization during this experience, and during the coffee season (Nov-Mar) you may even be able to work alongside the coffee farmers and help with a couple of steps in the production process.

Experience how the coffee is roasted over open fire and ground by hand before examining the handiwork. End the experience by tasting a traditional lunch at the home of a community member. The tour includes a small donation to the organization as well. 

Return to Antigua Guatemala this evening and enjoy the remainder of the day free to explore at your leisure. Tonight you could try out Hector’s restaurant, located in front of La Merced Church.

Day 6. Macadamia farm

A short 10-minute drive from Antigua, we will find this beautiful and peaceful spot. This organic and sustainable nut farm guarantees a delicious and unforgettable experience. Begins with a breakfast of Valhalla’s legendary macadamia pancakes with nut butter and blueberry jam.  

After a sweet breakfast, we will take a tour of the farm learning about the history of macadamia trees, how they’re cultivated and processed. You will try some of the products, delicious macadamia nuts and chocolates, and even get a facial massage with macadamia oil. 

For lunch, you will taste the exclusive macadamia-smoked BBQ. In the afternoon you will enjoy the beautiful and peaceful gardens of the farm and take a relaxing steam sauna, perfect to end the day. You will be driven back to your hotel in Antigua after that.

Day 7. Return home

Your driver will take you back to the airport in time for your return flight home.

map, expenses & price

Culinary Break in Antigua

Expenses included:
-All private transportation.
-Six nights of hotel accommodations.
-Tours and excursions as listed.
-Entrance fees.
-Professional local guides.
-Three traditional lunches.
-Daily breakfast.

Per person starting at $1,300

Extension
Giant Kite Festival

Learn about the history of this festival, the personal chapel to the deceased, and the kite manufacturing observance. Fly a kite if you would want to be a part of this authentic experience. See the cemetery of the town where families get together around the graves of family constituents. The family congregations are cheerful opportunities in which they commemorate those who have passed on from this earth. Date: November 1st. Price: $80

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