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Antigua Culinary Tour

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Explore Antigua on a locally-hosted Guatemala culinary tour. Spend 6 days in the former colonial capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, whose architecture combines 17th and 18th century buildings and ruins with modern conveniences. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Antigua exudes a unique atmosphere of history, intrigue, and local custom. Enjoy street eats and Antigua tours tasting local Guatemalan cuisine. Choose from amongst a wide array of international restaurants for dinner each evening.
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  • Wander the cobblestone streets of colonial Antigua
  • Visit Antigua's bustling market to explore fresh ingredients
  • Learn about various types of cacao and make your own chocolate treats
  • Take a coffee tour and learn about the production process
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Guatemala City Airport | Antigua

Arrive at the airport in Guatemala City and transfer to La Antigua, your home, during your Guatemala culinary tour. Enjoy a stay at Posada del Angel, a small boutique hotel that has recently been awarded the Andrew Harper's Hide Away award.

The famous Meson Panza Verde is recommended for dinner this evening. Located around the corner from your hotel, the restaurant offers an array of international cuisine options.

Day 2: Antigua Free Day

Enjoy the morning. Feel free to stroll the cobblestone streets of Antigua. Please acquaint yourself with this colonial city and its breathtaking ruins. The day starts with a visit to the bustling Antigua market. People come from surrounding villages daily to sell and buy produce, fish, meats, flowers, and more. You can also find traditional textiles, handicrafts, pots, electronics and clothes here. Guatemala boasts a long and proud food culture and history and welcomes the opportunity to share its most beloved dishes with its visitors. Patas a la vinagretta, Pepian Revolcado (Brain stew), and Tamales are all well-known choices in Guatemala.

Every weekend, Guatemalans go to the streets to eat. Since many traditional Guatemalan dishes have a long preparation time, they are typically only made on special occasions. Later in the day, your guide will take you on a tour of Antigua's street food hot spots, where you will get to taste some of Guatemala's most authentic cuisine. These are the places where long lines of locals are a fixture, and for good reason: the food served is delicious and well-prepared. Learn the cultural and historical significance of the offers and visit Antigua's bustling market to explore the colorful array of ingredients used in Guatemalan cuisine. (Please note that this tour is for more adventurous eaters.)

If you still have room for dinner, your recommended Guatemalan cuisine tonight is at the Fonda de la Calle Real restaurant.

Day 3: Antigua | Comalapa Market

Today, venture one hour outside of Antigua with your driver and guide to the small town of Comalapa. Comalapa is home to many local painters who continue the tradition of naïve paintings. See the famous mural painted by school children in 1996 depicting Guatemala's recent civil war events. Explore the market today, a main shopping hub for many locals, and witness those still wearing the traditional Maya dress. Visit the small museum dedicated to the composer of Guatemala's national anthem and enjoy lunch before returning this afternoon to Antigua.

This evening, try French cuisine at ComoComo.

Day 4: Antigua Food Tour

Today, explore the indulgent art of chocolate making with a hands-on workshop of your own at Choco Museo. Learn first about the history of the Maya discovery of the cacao bean and how it led to the mass production of chocolate worldwide. Learn about various types of cacao and its health benefits before taking on the challenge of making your chocolate treats. Start with the bean and work it into cacao tea, Maya hot chocolate, and European hot chocolate. Next use your creativity by adding ingredients such as almonds, coffee beans, ginger, sea salt, and more to create your chocolate bar invention. Enjoy some time in the early afternoon when you are free in Antigua.

After rest, you are transferred from your hotel to La Fonda de la Calle Real, a local restaurant well-known for its unique flavors of Guatemalan foods. This activity is fully participatory and after a brief introduction, your local chef starts by teaching you about the interesting mixture of Spanish and Mayan influences on Guatemalan flavors using the best quality of meats, vegetables, herbs, and spices handpicked from La Antigua’s local market. Experience cooking in an old-fashioned kitchen while enjoying the unique flavors of a complete Guatemalan meal you have prepared. When ready you are transferred back to your hotel.

Day 5: Antigua Coffee Tour

Guatemala's biggest contribution to the worldwide cuisine market is its coffee. Today you can explore the production process on a coffee tour in the local town of San Miguel Escobar, just outside of Antigua. As Green, as it Gets (AGAIG), is a charity working to support small independent coffee producers and promote sustainable agriculture practices in Guatemala. Visit some of the families supported by the organization during the tour, and during the coffee season (Nov-Mar) you may even work alongside the coffee farmers and help with various steps in the production process. See how the coffee is roasted over an open fire and ground by hand before sampling the handiwork. End the tour by enjoying a traditional lunch at the home of a community member. The tour includes a small donation to AGAIG as well.

Return to Antigua this afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day. Feel free to explore at your leisure. Tonight you can test out Hector's restaurant, located opposite La Merced Church. Expect a wait, as it is packed almost every night of the week!

Day 6: Antigua | Guatemala City Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
You are transferred back to Guatemala City on time for your return flight home.


Posada del Angel

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Cozy double room at Posada del Angel

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner, 1 Snacks
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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