Lake Atitlan Cooking Class In A Mayan Kitchen – Supports Local NGO

About this tour

Learn how to make local Guatemalan dishes in this 3-hour Lake Atitlan cooking class with a Mayan chef and come away with the skills to prepare them at home.

Price: $45
Duration:3 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Ages: All ages


Experience the taste and flavors of Guatemala cooking with this Lake Atitlan cooking class. Local chefs carry on the rich tradition of Mayan cooking and will help you cook a recipe of your choosing.

Prepare Pepian de Pollo, a traditional chicken stew declared “Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Nation” in 2007. With a characteristically bitter flavor, this dish incorporates cinnamon, coriander, and sesame, and is borne from the fusion of Mayan and Spanish cultures. No recipe is more representative of Lake Atitlan and Guatemalan cooking than Pepian de Pollo.

Another dish you can prepare is Pulique de Pollo. The dish is famously orange in color and is made using yellow-skin chicken, a local flour called “masa”, and boiled huisquil – a kind of squash also known as chayote. Eaten during special events and large celebrations, Pulique de Pollo is traditionally cooked outdoors over an open fire with a huge paddle.

Lake Atitlan cooking classes are led by graduates of the Amigos de Santa Cruz Culinary Arts Program, a crucial provider of vocational employment and training in the Lake Atitlan area, meaning your cooking experience also helps to fund a local NGO.


Starts at 10:00am at the meeting point in Santa Cruz la Laguna.
Travel to the class in a tuktuk.
 Meet your personal Mayan chef and begin to prepare a local meal of your choice, meanwhile learning about traditional cooking techniques and equipment.

Try your hand at preparing tortillas like a local and discover the interesting history and traditions behind the dish before sitting down to enjoy the meal you have prepared together.

The tour ends at 1:00pm back in Santa Cruz la Laguna.

What’s included

Personal Mayan chef to guide you
Preparation of a dish of your choice
Enough of the finished dish to feed your group or family
Tuktuk from Santa Cruz la Laguna to the cooking class
Locally sourced ingredients to cook with

Additional information

All proceeds support the community of Santa Cruz la Laguna through the non-profit Amigos de Santa Cruz.

Maximum 8 people per group. Private classes can be arranged for individuals or shared classes for small groups.

Classes can be adapted to your dietary requirements – please let us know in advance.

24 hour cancelation policy.

Interested in this tour?

This tour is available to book 24 hours in advance.


Per Person


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