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4 Days Maya Mountain Lodge Cooking Vacation in Belize

  • Maya Mountain Lodge, 3/4 miles Cristo Rey Rd., San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

4 Days Maya Mountain Lodge Cooking Vacation in Belize

  • Maya Mountain Lodge, 3/4 miles Cristo Rey Rd., San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

Cultural Cooking Holiday in Belize

Maya Mountain Cultural Cooking School invites you to join us for a culinary adventure. We invite you to be our guests and enjoy our delicious ethnic food. Maya Mountain guests have long pleaded with us for our Belizean recipes so they learn to cook some of our delicious creations back home. Learn to cook Thai and Belizean recipes while enjoying the beauty and adventure of Maya Mountain Lodge. Each course includes either an adventure to the San Ignacio town and market just one mile away or a tour of the Maya Mountain Lodge grounds to view a diversity of edibles and ornamentals, many of which are ingredients in the course menus.


  • Market visit
  • Mayan ruin tour
  • 2 cooking classes
  • Mestizo and Mayan cooking
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Recipe book
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Our jungle lodge is a full service resort facility with eight rustic yet comfortable first class air-conditioned thatch and colonial tile-roofed cottages, individual rooms, swimming pool, first rate open air dining, free wireless internet, nature trails, all surrounded by the beautifully landscaped rain-forest.

We are a jungle lodge so we dont shelter ourselves for the rainforest we embrace it. Our guests enjoy amazing tropical cuisine to the sounds of exotic birds, views of flowing plants and fruit trees, gentle breezes, and the occasional visit from a passing gecko. After a long day of adventure tours guests can be found swimming in our pool, taking leisurely walks on our nature trails, or laying in their hammock reading to the sound of a toucan in the distance.

We have two family cottages: Toucan - has a double plus 2 bunks / Gibnut - double plus a bunk and a single. All are tastefully decorated with regional decor. Each cottage has its own porch with a hammock. Our cottages come in a variety of sizes to accommodate anyone from newlyweds to big families.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hammocks
  • Hot/ cold water showers
  • Individual cottages
  • Porch
  • Private bathrooms
  • Tile floors

Day 1

  • Arrive at Maya Mountain Lodge
  • Dinner included

Day 2

  • Today is devoted to Mestizo cooking.
  • We start off with a visit to the market to learn about the ingredients. Later you learn to prepare dishes such as tamales, escabeche, corn tortillas, bean empanadas, and arroz con leche.
  • You will have time to enjoy the nature trails and pool in the afternoon.
  • All meals included

Day 3

  • Today we will learn about Mayan cooking. The main dish will be Mayan fish.
  • You will have enough time in the afternoon to do a local Mayan Ruin tour.
  • All meals included.

Day 4

  • Departure
  • Breakfast included

Maya Mountain Lodge is located in Belize's Cayo District with access to many days of exploring and adventure. Nestled against a private jungle reserve, yet at the edge of the small town of San Ignacio, Cayo, Maya Mountain Lodge is located conveniently for both cultural and natural history investigation, making it a perfect adventure base for exploring San Ignacio, Cayo District and Belize.

Belize is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, south of Mexico and east of Guatemala. The total area of Belize is 22,960 square miles and the land area is 22,800 square miles. Belize is slightly larger than Massachusetts and almost exactly the same size as El Salvador. Belize has a coastline of 208 miles, and land boundaries totaling 279 miles. These boundaries are bordering Guatemala for 144 miles and Mexico for 135 miles.

Belize has hardly any elevation at all. Most of the interior terrain is dense tropical forest. On the coast, the terrain is mostly a swampy plain. In the southern area of the country, the Maya Mountains boast the 3,000 foot high Victoria Peak. Off the coast, thousands of islands exist. Some major spots for tourism are: Ambergris Caye, The Turneffe Islands, Caye Caulker, Lighthouse Reef, and Half Moon Caye. The climate of Belize is tropical. It is very hot and humid. The average temperature is 79 degrees F. This temperature varies little throughout the year. In the mountains it gets quite chilly at times (50s).

  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Free! WiFi
  • Tour assistance

Maya Mountain Lodge Tours

Buying our packages is the best way to assure that the best guides and vehicles await your arrival. Our professional guides, the best in Belize, assure quality interpretation with a personal touch. Our guides are not only licensed, but are at the top in their fields. Ecological orientation encourages sensitivity to the people and the environment we encounter. Reliability and 28 years of experience assure hassle-free vacations. Guides carry cell phones and first aid kits to provide safety, coordination, and efficiency. Package tours depart daily with minimum of 2 people.

Extensions pre/post tour

  • San Pedro-Hol Chan Marine Park, diving, fishing, fun in sun
  • Placencia-Jaguar Reserve and Laughing Bird Caye National Park, diving, fishing, fun in sun
  • Hopkins-Jaguar Reserve, cultural village, fun in sun
  • Lamanai Ruins-birding, archeology, canoeing
  • Dangriga / South Water Caye- Cultural exploration of Garifuna people, beautiful & remote island

Tour packages

  • Belize zoo
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Caves
  • Horseback jungle trail ride
  • Local culture
  • Mayan ruins
  • Mountain bike trips
  • Nature and waterfalls


  • Review by Traveler from United States
    9 out of 10

    "We started our visit to Belize at this wonderful lodge. The setting is beautiful and soothing. Accommodations were perfect for us. This is not staying at a posh city hotel so if that is the style you seek this might not be for you but if you wish to be immersed in the environment then you just scored. Staff is wonderful and extremely helpful in every way. The food coming out of the kitchen was amazing. We typically don't eat in the same place repeatedly while traveling but we made an exception here returning for several meals. Local foods served in wonderful and tasty ways. The staff helped us coordinate several day trips that led to some of the best experiences of our trip. Do not miss the local Actun Tunichil Mukal cave; an adventure to visit a Maya archeological site. We also spent a day exploring Tikalin Guatemala; just wonderful. The common space at the lodge was also very welcoming and we enjoyed meeting some of the other guests. Thank you for a wonderful stay. I highly recommend the Maya Mountain Lodge."

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  • Review by Wendy B. from California

    "Thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at the Maya Mountain Lodge. The staff was so friendly and we felt safe, comfortable and among friends. It was centrally located for many of the Mayan sites and each evening we came "home" to the most awesome dinners! I highly recommend and look forward to another visit."

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  • Review by Lorelei from New Orleans

    "Actually nicer than expected ! Very friendly staff, lovely thatched Mayan cottages up winding paths through tropical flora. Pool ( we didn't even use because we went to Rio On) . Arrived on Sunday and they had Garifuna night with a sibling group of dancers, musicians, and singers - owner very keen on us getting to know the culture. Very close to San Ignacio and on the road to mountain pine ridge so perfect for us. Would stay again."

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  • Review by Katieqa from Texas

    "My sister and I have the pleasure to travel to Belize in May. We decided to sign up for the all inclusive jungle and beach 6 day package because we both were too busy to plan all the details for our trip. It was such a great experience! Everything was prearranged-- all of our pickups, activities, and food. Mayan Mountain Lodge is gorgeous, the food is delicious, and the staff was so friendly. The rooms are nice, but very simple. Great location and really overall just such a great trip!"

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  • Review by Bek K. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "Im so glad I didn't stay in the very small town of San Ignacio. Staying in the jungle was a much nicer experience from what I gathered. MML is staffed with warm and friendly people and I enjoyed good conversation with the owner, Bart, from the US (has been living in Belize for a long long time...40+ years?). The grounds have been developed by him and his wife with a variety of plants with labels. I wish I could include some pics but I haven't uploaded them to my computer yet. The cottages looked cute and private, but the "lodge" was good for us, since we needed the space with two teens. Loved the hammocks everywhere."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "I traveled with a friend to Belize on late-November. Luckily, we decided to stay at Maya Mountain. The location was great (close to Tikal, ATM, and more). It is not the fanciest of hotels, but very comfortable. The grounds are beautiful-lush with lots of plants and wildlife. The amenities were perfect for our 3-night stay. I loved the hammocks! The staff is fantastic (very warm, welcoming, and helpful). We had a great stay and would definitely go back."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "Our family enjoyed the stay. The room was adequate. The pool was refreshing. It is about a 15-minute walk into town. The resort offered tours and food as a package and we were glad we did that. Food was delicious and we really enjoyed the cooking class with George. It may be a bit on the speedy side for food, but it is way better than anything you will find in town. They don't serve alcohol, but you can bring your own, just ask to stop at a grocery store when you are out on tours. There are several individual cabins to stay in. Air conditioning was adequate. You'll see lots of birds. And jungle critters. It is on a quiet rode which you will appreciate. After cruising around San Ignacio, this was one of the best resorts in town. The staff was amazing and will ensure you have or can get anything. They were the best part."

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  • Review by Brad M. from United States

    "We stayed at Maya Mountain Lodge 20 years ago and wanted to return with our teenage kids. The lodge was just as good as we remembered. A pool has been added which was nice after a hot day visiting various Mayan sites. The staff was great, very helpful with all arrangements for tours and questions about activities in San Ignacio. Food was excellent. They have a regular menu you can order from or theme dinners that feature regional ethic groups of Belize (Garifuna, Mayan, Lebanese, etc.). These were excellent and a great opportunity learn about the country. Cabanas were clean and comfortable. There were lots of wildlife (birds, agouti, lizards) that can be seen from the open dining area."

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  • Review by a traveler from Costa Rica
    8 out of 10

    "I highly recommend this place either to a family, group or couple."

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Cayo, Belize

Maya Mountain Lodge & Tours is a friendly, family run jungle lodge & Belize tour operation located near San Ignacio in Belize's Cayo District. Cooking class.

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