Ker & Downey’s Guatemalan food tour is the ultimate discovery of Guatemala’s unique culinary identity, a fusion of Ancient Maya recipes and colonial influence.
You may not realize it, but many of our favorite dishes—guacamole, tamales, chocolate—were discovered, developed, and refined centuries ago in the Ancient Maya world and continue to live on today in urban and rural Guatemala.
But on Ker & Downey’s Flavors of Guatemala journey, flavor isn’t just defined as a taste on the tongue. It’s the essence of a culture, the style of a people, and the zest of authenticity directly from the source. Of course, a sampling of regional Guatemalan food in the country’s finest urban restaurants and traditional countryside kitchens is certainly a part of the experience, and as many would say, serves as a clear window into the heart of Mayan civilization.
Here are the top 10 “flavors” of Guatemala you can expect to find on Ker & Downey’s exclusive, fully customizable Guatemalan food tour, featuring an extension in Belize:
Comfort | Experience a five-star immersion into Antigua’s romance and allure at Mil Flores Luxury Design Hotel, which serves up flavorful Latin American breakfasts in the private central courtyard.
Colonialism | Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua, uncovering the secrets of its conserved colonial architecture and cobblestone street magic.
Cooking | Enjoy multiple hands-on cooking classes with local Guatemalan chefs in their private kitchens. First, visit a local Antiguan kitchen for a lesson on the Spanish and Mayan influences in Guatemalan food, and then see the nuances in techniques and ingredients change when you travel north to the Petén for a demonstration of regional cuisine.
Chocolate | Visit an Antigua chocolate museum to learn how to prepare chocolate from scratch in the tradition of the ancient Mayas, who considered cacao a gift from the gods.
Color | Imbibe in the riotous cacophony of color, dialects, costumes, smoke, and smells at the famous market stalls of Chichicastenango, boasting hoards of vendors from all over Guatemala.
Coffee | Gain insight into the workings of an authentic working coffee hacienda, learning the start-to-finish process that goes into making one of Guatemala’s most famous exports.
Calm | Retreat to the beautiful villas of Casa Palopó, which promises stunning lake views, rustic sophistication, and a sense of unpretentious calm on the shores of Lake Atitlán, the starlet of the Guatemalan Highlands.
Culture | Embark on a private boat tour of Lake Atitlán to visit the many untouched, indigenous villages along its shores, famous for their textiles, murals, and affable people.
Civilization | No visit to Guatemala would be complete without a stop in the center of the Maya World up north in Petén. Climb to the top of Yaxha for sunset views and dive into the wonders of Tikal, the city and ceremonial center of ancient Maya civilization. Tikal is the largest excavated site on the American continent and remains Guatemala´s most famous cultural and natural preserve, full of history and its fair share of monkeys, parrots, and toucans.
Cosmopolitanism | From the gilded suites of Vista Real Hotel, set out on a tour of Guatemala City, the most modern and cosmopolitan metropolis in Central America. Vibrant and fast-paced, Guatemala City (or “Guate”) is a mesmerizing blend between the old and the new with a unique Latin charm.
Cane | Visit a Guatemala City rum house and sip on some of the best rum in the world, Zacapa Centenario 23 Solera Rum, a first-class Guatemalan rum made from virgin sugar cane honey.
Cayo | Cross the border into Belize for a stunning bookend at the luxurious Ka’ana Resort, an adventure-by-day, luxury-by-night jungle retreat nestled within the rich Maya heritage of Western Belize’s Cayo district. Try your hand at cave tubing, clay pot making, or relaxing Maya massages, and explore Caracol, the most extensive Mayan complex in Belize.