Maya Cooking Class from Panajachel

Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala

From USD 54.99

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 Mayan cooking class near Panjachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan
  • Get hands-on experience preparing three typical Guatemalan dishes
  • Learn about the unique blend of Mayan and Spanish colonial influences on Guatemalan cuisine
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labor during a tasty lunch of the dishes you prepared
  • Includes a recipe book so you can recreate your favorites later

Sample Menu



small tamales served with a sauce.



The most traditional of all Guatemala dishes. Uses a blend of 13 ingredients in the sauce. Can be served with chicken or veggie style using tofu.

What's Included

  • Gourmet lunch, that you help preparing
  • Instruction and the opportunity to enjoy the dishes you prepare
  • A printed copy of the recipes you prepared
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Santa Cruz la Laguna
    Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala

    Address: Calle Principal Santa Cruz La Laguna, Solola, 07008 Guatemala Directions: Meet us at the CECAP building in Santa Cruz La Laguna. From the boat dock in Santa Cruz, walk to take a taxi up the road to the village.  The CECAP building is easy to find. Dates: Monday thru Friday

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Excited to show-off my newly acquired Jocon making skills!
Ricardo_M, Dec 2022
Getting to Santa Cruz la Laguna was a bit of a challenge! regardless, I took a private boat from Panajachel , then a tuk-tuk from the docks to the cook’s home, the tour organizer was very helpful and communicative, the chef/instructor was super helpful and patient with us and everything was well worth it! The kitchen is very nice, she tough us how to make tortillas from scratch! After all the food is cooked, you get to enjoy it by eating with a beautiful view of the lake and volcanoes!
Great experience, learned a lot...
Emily M, Feb 2018
Great experience, learned a lot about the Mayan culture while making some delicious food. Easy place to find with beautiful views.