Traditional Guatemalan food is hearty fare, made with ingredients designed to support days filled with farming. Street food has become a trend in many cosmopolitan cities worldwide, but it has long been a commuter’s staple in the bustling streets of Guatemala City and Quetzaltenago, where people line up for hot, fresh tamales and pupusas. Gastronomy in Guatemala draws inspiration from these meaty, potato-filled dishes. The Andes and the rainforest provide a wide swath of interesting ingredients for local chefs to make dishes that emphasize the abundance of the Guatemalan landscape.
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Fill your head with new recipes and your belly with a delicious, 5-course meal. These recipes aren’t haute cuisine, but a look at what Guatemalan families actually eat on an everyday basis, dishes that you’ll want to recreate in your own home. This includes one of the staples of Guatemalan cuisine – hearty, delicious tortillas.
4 hrsFrom $51
This tour offers you an interesting looks at some of the historical and cultural underpinnings of Antigua. Start your tour with a peek behind the curtain of local transportation with a visit to one of the factories that makes chicken buses — local worker Don Augusto will show you around the factory and give you some insight into the artistry that gives these vehicles their vibrant personalities.
3 hrsFrom $56
See every stage of a home-cooked Guatemalan meal on this tour that begins at the market and ends at a friendly dining table. After your market visit, a local cook will show you how to prepare a 5-course meal, including an appetizer and dessert. The meal comes paired with wine or juice.
5 hrsFrom $82
During this dessert cooking class, you’ll learn the way to any Guatemalan’s heart: through their sweet tooth! You’ll learn to make some popular dishes alongside cooks with experience turning out delicious crowd-pleasers. Best of all, you can arrange to have transportation in a chicken bus, one of the most popular modes of transportation around Antigua. Alternatively, just take a cheap tuk-tuk ride to the gasolinera puma en Jocotenango.
4 hrsFrom $67
Explore the street food in Antigua with local guides, and sample the wide array of tasty dishes on offer from the busy food stalls, known locally as comedores. These dishes include savory treats like búfalo and shuco. Never heard of them? Keep reading, and get ready to experience the homey authenticity of Guatemalan cuisine.
3 hrsFrom $47
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