Puerto Quetzal

Cooking class/Pepian Workshop

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


About 20-minutes from Antigua, the peaceful town of Parramos is a world away from the bustling streets of Guatemala’s tourist capital, which makes it the perfect place for a family-led cooking class in a local home. A great way to immerse yourself in the rich flavors of Guatemalan cuisine, this small-group cooking class also gives you the chance to learn more about Guatemalan culture and stories.
  • Visit the beautiful town of Parramos near Antigua
  • Learn how to cook pepian, a traditional Guatemalan dish
  • Immerse yourself in Guatemalan culture with a family-run cooking class
  • Guaranteed small-group class with no more than 10 students

Sample Menu



Ceremonial dish declared cultural heritage of Guatemala, served in special events such as weddings and brotherhoods.



Corn tortillas made by hand

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Kitchen utensils
  • All the ingredients for cooking
  • Recipe
  • Private transportation

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Ciudad vieja
    H6HX+53G, RN-14, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

    In front of the Catholic church. This experience needs at least 3 people to be able to carry it out

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Start time

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Opening hours

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Operated by B1 Experience

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

A typical Sunday family dinner or wedding meal I was told.
20 reviews
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Sarah_D, June 2022
This was by far the best experience we had in Antigua. Our guide met us as arranged and took us on a brief tour/overview of the town square of Parramos before heading to a local family's home. There, we met the family matriarch, who explained what we would be cooking. Throughout the afternoon, we were free to ask many questions about her life and the way of life of other indigenous people in the area. Throughout this time our guide interpreted for us as needed. When the meal was finished cooking, we all sat down and enjoyed the best meal we've had in all of Central America! Highly Recommend!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much, we hope you return to Guatemala soon.
Cooking with a local family
Buffy_P, Mar 2022
This really was a worthwhile experience. Our tour guide/translator was wonderful communicating where to meet us. I originally did not realize it was in a neighboring community I thought it was in Antigua. But was a short $5 Uber ride away. We met our tour guide, he was wonderful and friendly. I thought we would tour the town or a market but we went directly to the home where we would make dinner. Be prepared and I do not mean this in a negative way but you are making dinner in the home of a local Guatemalan family. The poverty is staggering. They are wonderful welcoming and kind. I felt somewhat uncomfortable however that may simply be my own guilt/privledge/fear of exploiting a family. We made an absolutely wonderful meal. However again uncomfortable knowing there was a multi generational family living there and only we were sitting to eat this meal normally reserved for weddings and special occasions. I left a hefty tip as I did with all my experiences in Guatemala. Every time I was able to put money directly into the hands of the local people I did. Overall I recommend. Have the right mindset and necessary conversations with families/children prior to the experience. My kids having traveled throughout Latin America were unfazed.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
We know that poverty is a great scourge in our society, we work with community tourism and based on principles of equality, to reduce the poverty gap, we work with different families and we are a source of decent work for these people, especially housewives. home, they need a source of income. Thank you for your comment, we believe in a project that helps and at the same time shows a Guatemalan reality that you will hardly find in other companies. Once again thanks to your reservation we can be the engine of change in our society.
Amazing Experience
llsa_L, June 2021
This class exceeded my groups expectations. We spent 3 hours with Janeth learning about her and working alongside her to cut vegetables, roast peppers over a wood stove, skin the chicken, make tortillas and more. The translator was thorough and we were able to ask all kinds of questions. We even had a short tour of the town square and market before the class.
Response from Host, June 2021
For us it is a happiness to share our culture, gastronomy, experience, but above all to share life experiences with our visitors, we work to empower women and make them feel proud of what they do. Thanks for helping us improve, we hope you come back soon
The best fish I’ve had in Guatemala
LOGAN_F, Dec 2020
It was such a delightful experience. To get to know the family, to see how to cook a traditional dish, and of course to share it. The family was wonderful.
Response from Host, Dec 2020
Thank you for choosing us. We hope to see you again in this beautiful country. There are many experiences waiting for you in Guatemala.
Michelle_T, Feb 2020
This tour was amazing!!! I asked so many questions before the tour even started and I booked last minute but they were able to accommodate me. When I arrived, I was greeted promptly by Delmy, she's so sweet! We had a short walk from the park and went to Cristina's house to cook. I was a little late but they were happy to see me. We cooked for about 2 hours and I learned how to make vegetarian pepian and the culture and history behind the dish-I even learned how to make tortillas! We also made hibiscus tea. After we set the table and exchanged stories and I learned more about Guatemalan culture and their daily lives. This was such a memorable experience and these are the most kind, hard working and thoughtful people you'll meet in Guatemala. I'D HIGHLY RECOMMEND DOING THIS WORKSHOP!
Response from Host, Apr 2021
Thank you so much for your comments. It was our honor to have you in this cooking class.
Best Mayan cooking class authentic village of Paramos by antigua
Annika_S, Jan 2020
If you want a truly authentic non-touristy Guatemalan experience this is it. This small local company aims at keeping local culture alive via small scale tourism In the form of cooking classes, coffee plantation tours, textile and market tours etc etc...These people live in the small town of Paremos nearby Antigua and the money goes back to this local community. My experience was a cooking class. The owner herself came to Antigua to pick me up and together we went via “chicken bus” for half an hour to her hometown Paremos. In this very typical small Guatemalan town where not even one tourist could be found I took a cooking class at her friends house. Her friend of Mayan heritage and her daughter demonstrated, and I was able to participate as much as I wanted, how to prepare this very tasty low-fat chicken/veggie stew. Making handmade tortillas Guatemalan style was also a lot of fun. Everything was purchased at the local farmers market, filtered water used for hibiscus tea, and a wood fired stove was used to prepare the meal which was later served on traditional clay dishes. A typical Sunday family dinner or wedding meal I was told. If you are someone who normally enjoy chain restaurants/hotels and are comfortable with the overpriced tourist restaurants in the town of Antigua where local people can not afford eating this is maybe not for you but if you want a slice of the “real Guatemala” in the setting of an authentic family home then this is the best experience you can find around Antigua. I should add that the price is the best you’ll find as well. Thank you B1 Experience for a wonderful day.
Response from Host, Jan 2021
Thanks for your words, we are grateful for meeting people that enjoy sharing experiences with you