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4 Days Maya Mountain Lodge Cooking Vacation in 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 in English
Spoken languages: 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

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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
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