Authentic Mayan Cuisine Cultural Tour

Belize Cultural Tours

"We had a fantastic excursion learning about the Mayan culture today. Such wonderful people and delicious food. We will do this tour again for sure."
Ann_B
Aug 2023

Overview

Experience authentic Mayan cuisine while also learning customary pottery-making techniques. A full-day trip from San Ignacio to a Maya village of San Antonio takes you to the San Antonio Women’s Cooperative where you can uncover the surprisingly flavorful diet of the Maya and the techniques used to create their main dishes. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about Mayan pottery and then enjoy a mouthwatering traditional local lunch. After lunch, we head back to San Ignacio to visit Ajaw Chocolate where we learn about the discovery of the world’s favorite comfort food, Chocolate. Discover how the ancient Maya became pioneers in the chocolate industry today.

Located in western Belize, San Antonio Village locally known as “Osh Multun Kakab” is a community of 3,500 people most of which share Mayan roots. The village currently practices subsistence agriculture, most farmers in the area grow crops such as peanuts, corn, squash, and beans, much like their ancestors, and sell their products at the San Ignacio market or supply local restaurants. A local Women’s Group made up of nine Mayan women formed the San Antonio Women’s Co-op, to support and empower women and youths of San Antonio by preserving culture and traditional arts and crafts. The women started the cooperative to find a way to earn an income, learn new skills, and share their traditional knowledge not only with the younger generation but also with visitors looking to know more about the Mayan world. 

When we hear chocolate today, we think about rectangular chocolate bars or even triangular or heart-shaped pieces. However, the origin of chocolate stems from seeds found in a green, yellow, orange, red, purple, or maroon ellipse-shaped fruit (Cacao) that had to be fermented, ground, and made into a paste for tea. Located in San Ignacio Town, Ajaw Chocolate takes visitors back to the time of the ancient Maya when chocolate was served only to the elite. Visitors can experience true  Mayan chocolate made using a traditional Mayan Stone. See how the seeds are ground into a paste and taste the rich chocolate drink with added spices just like the Elite of the ancient Maya consumed.

What to Expect

The Tour makes its departure at 8:00 am from the MayaWalk Tours office at # 19 Burns Ave, San Ignacio. We drive for approximately 25 minutes on a paved road through the Mayan Villages of Cristo Rey and San Antonio where we make our first stop of the day.  Arriving at San Antonio Village, you will learn all about the culture and their settlements. You will be scheduled for a presentation by the Women’s Coop and learn why the Maya are referred to as “People of the corn, corn being an important part of their diet. The presentation features an interactive demonstration of preparing a traditional Mayan meal, grinding corn with the equipment created and used by the ancient Maya. After the demonstration visitors then learn about the customary pottery-making techniques and how this population of modern-day Maya rediscovered the craft. This is also an interactive session, visitors have the opportunity to test their newfound skills and make a pot of their own before being served a mouthwatering traditional lunch. After lunch, you will take a 25-minute drive back into town to the Ajaw Chocolate. In a similar fashion, you will learn about the history of chocolate and have the opportunity to prepare an authentic chocolate drink once reserved for only the elite Maya.

General Information

Start time 8:00 AM

Tour Duration 5-6 hours

Amenities: Restrooms

Meeting point

MayaWalk Office at #19 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Belize

Check In

15 minutes before tour departure.

Endpoint

MayaWalk Office at #19 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Belize

Intensity:

 
Easy

Minimal physical exertion, mostly walking on even terrain with little to no obstacles. Life jackets are required and provided for all participants, who will also be escorted by our highly trained guides.

1 Easy – Minimal physical exertion, mostly walking on even terrain with little to no obstacles.
2 Moderate – Some walking on uneven surfaces, navigating through occasional obstacles or rocky terrain.
3 Intermediate – Significant physical activity involving hiking, climbing, and maneuvering through uneven and slippery terrain.
4 Difficult – Demanding physical activity, including climbing over rocks, wading through water, and tight spaces.
5 Challenging – Extremely strenuous activity, requiring advanced physical fitness, agility, and endurance. May involve swimming, advanced climbing, and confined spaces.

Duration:

 
5-6 Hours

What to Bring/Wear:

  • Camera 
  • Bring reusable water Bottles
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Snacks
tour information

Min. # of Persons:

 
2

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Price:

US

$150

/per person

Whats included:

  • Interactive Presentation
  • Transport by private vehicle from San Ignacio and back
  • Lunch served with a refreshing drink
  • Taxes

We had a wonderful time on 2 tours with Mayawalk. The guides were very professional & made our experiences great. They were knowledgeable & proud of their heritage & education, as they should be. I definitely recommend them!

– Tripadvisor review

We had a wonderful time on 2 tours with Mayawalk. The guides were very professional & made our experiences great. They were knowledgeable & proud of their heritage & education, as they should be. I definitely recommend them!

– Tripadvisor review