Gastronomic, Cultural and Traditional Antigua Guatemala

Gastronomic, Cultural and Traditional Antigua Guatemala

From $70 per person

Explore the fascinating city of La Antigua and learn about its gastronomical history during colonial times and experience its variety of flavors. Your expert guide will guide you through the best spots to experience Antigua's rich gastronomical heritage.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 5 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the opportunity to taste the Guatemalan food
  • Appreciate the wonderful landscape of La Antigua, Guatemala and the Agua Volcano
  • Take advantage of the unique experience to be in touch with local people
Full description
Your tour will start with a transfer from your Guatemala City hotel to Antigua, where you will meet your guide specialized in Guatemalan gastronomy. Your tour will start with an introduction to the gastronomic history of Guatemala and the city's architecture. Then, walk to the Antigua Guatemala Market, where you will learn about the history of Mesoamerican food, such as corn, beans, squash, cacao, and chili. As well as discovering the past, learn how to make corn tortillas from locals. At the end of your visit to the market, you will visit the central park just a few blocks away in the heart of the city and surrounded by the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales (Captain General Palace), City Hall, the church of San José (formerly the Cathedral of Guatemala), the Archbishop’s Palace and the Portal of Commerce. Discover the Mermaid's Fountain, built by the Count of Gomera (a rubber plantation) in remembrance of a popular legend, which tells the story of a King and his daughters' children. Hear the stories and immerse yourself in the history of the city.  Next, you will have the opportunity to learn about the most important dishes of Guatemalan gastronomy. These creations of culinary art were born during the 16th century and represent the fusion of pre-Columbian cuisine with ingredients of Hispanic-Arabic origin. You will also visit an iconic restaurant, well known for its variety of local dishes, and learn what kitchens were like in ancient times. Taste delicious Guatemalan desserts made with local ingredients while appreciating the landscape from the terrace, with a view of the Santa Catalina Arch, La Merced Church, and other important buildings in Antigua Guatemala. Continue the walking tour and listen to the history of the Santa Catalina Arch. You will also the Capuchinas convent, where you can see where many of the native recipes of Guatemala originated. Finally, visit a typical Guatemalan candy shop, learn about its history, and see how these traditional delicacies are made by hand with local ingredients. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Round trip transportation from Guatemala City hotels
  • Bilingual guide
  • Food tastings
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour includes walking, so please dress comfortably
  • Please let the tour provider know of any food allergies or restrictions prior to the tour
  • A Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.
  • Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish).
  • It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and a camera
  • Please contact local provider if you need a guide in any other language. French, German, and Italian-speaking guides are available, subject to additional costs and guide availability.
  • For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact the local provider to arrange
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0/5
  • Transportation
    5.0/5
  • Value for money
    5/5
  • Safety
    5/5
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Julissa picked my boyfriend and me up at our hotel in Antigua at 9am. At central park we met Sucely. We first started our market tour to get all the informations about the corn and food culture and we try to made tortillas on our own. Than we visited some nice churches and always eat again something different from the Guatemalan culture. It was just a perfect day and we've learned a lot about the country. One of our best decision to do this tour on our first day of holiday. Was one of our best days actualy on our 4 weeks roundtrip. Thank you so much Julissa for organize everything and Sucely for all the food and country knowledge. You both made our entry for Guatemala very easy. Thank you so much!

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December 27, 2018

Flawless round-trip transportation. We loved the cultural and gastronomic route and both the guide and the organizer were charming and very professional at all times.

November 9, 2020

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