Eden Valley Mayan Kitchen
Eden Valley Mayan Kitchen
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  • bayne20🇿🇦
    San Jose, California89 contributions
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    Come cook, eat and learn in this local garden oasis!
    This was a beautiful authentic mayan cooking experience. Yesenia and her daughter were so welcoming, they offered us insights into unique Belizean mayan food and cooking styles, which were delicious! We really enjoyed this experience and I highly recommend you try this!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • LET GO LEASH • Alecia
    131 contributions
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    Learn Authentic Mayan Cooking & stuff your face!
    What a fun experience. I did this with my parents and my dad said it was one of his favorite parts of the whole trip. Yesenia and Alden were incredible teachers. We made traditional Mayan tamales from scratch (we even got to choose and cut down our own banana leaf off of the tree), corn maize tortillas, corn porridge, we hand ground cocoa beans, and made Mayan soup. We all skipped breakfast that day and were still STUFFED by the time we left. It was so delicious. They were both very knowledgable, hospitable, and delightful hosts. We were thinking we were going to have a day off to rest our bodies from all the extreme adventuring we did, but they put us and our wrists to work! This is such a fun experience to do with family and I would highly recommend for kids as well.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 13, 2023
  • Erik B
    Powell River, Canada214 contributions
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    5 Stars, Must Go
    An amazing experience that every family must try on their trip to Belize. Our family of four took the morning slot cooking chicken soup, tamales, tortillas and the Mayan Chocolate drink. The food was amazing and the company was incredible with all the traditional cooking skills taught during the 2 hours. Come hungry as there is lots of food to eat. Five Stars for accommodation, pictures and the food
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 2, 2024
  • GrandTour54541460832
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rewarding day to spend in Belez
    My wife, daughter and I spent almost half a day at the kitchen. It was an outstanding experience and a nice compliment to the other more active expeditions we took to Mayan Ruins above ground and in caves in the area. It was a great learning experience and added to the appreciation we had of the Mayan culture and the people.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 12, 2024
  • Glenn B.
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvelous Mayan Cooking Adventure
    We had a marvelous time learning to cook the Mayan way with Yesenia and her daughter. Yesenia is very knowledgeable about the many plants she has in her secret garden and the medicinal uses for them. We learned how to make tamales wrapped in banana leaves that we cut from one of the many trees in the garden. Not only did we make tamales, but we made chicken soup and tortillas on a wood fire oven in the outdoor kitchen.To top all that off we roasted cocoa beans, shelled them and ground them to make a wonderful cup of hot chocolate for each of us. She also gave us each a couple of chocolates the she made for dessert. Yesenia has a wealth of knowledge about the Mayan culture that she loves to share. we highly recommend spending a morning or afternoon with her when you visit San Ignacio.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 20, 2024
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LET GO LEASH • Alecia
131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
What a fun experience. I did this with my parents and my dad said it was one of his favorite parts of the whole trip.

Yesenia and Alden were incredible teachers. We made traditional Mayan tamales from scratch (we even got to choose and cut down our own banana leaf off of the tree), corn maize tortillas, corn porridge, we hand ground cocoa beans, and made Mayan soup. We all skipped breakfast that day and were still STUFFED by the time we left. It was so delicious.

They were both very knowledgable, hospitable, and delightful hosts. We were thinking we were going to have a day off to rest our bodies from all the extreme adventuring we did, but they put us and our wrists to work!

This is such a fun experience to do with family and I would highly recommend for kids as well.
Written December 13, 2023
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Krista C
Colorado Springs, CO15 contributions
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Jul 2022
We did a tour last week with Yesenia and we had SO much fun! Our daughters are 5 and 7 and LOVED helping. We cut banana leaves down to make our tamales, made a tasty soup, rolled out corn tortillas, and also crushed cacao beans to make a chocolate drink. We had so much food to eat (including a sweet porridge and tostados) that we took the tamales home for dinner that night! Yesenia was super sweet and helpful-and knowledgeable about what to do, and why it was done that way. We really stress cultural activities when we travel, so having our children learn how the Mayans cooked was really special. It's in a beautiful location too!
Written July 25, 2022
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Judi W
Orlando, FL388 contributions
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Oct 2022 • Couples
We took a cooking class with Yessenia and Alden and really enjoyed it. It began with a tour of the plants along the path to the outdoor kitchen.

Next we it cut plantain leaves and steamed them over a griddle and then we made tamales. We also made soup and had a chocolate lesson.

We had so much food it was too much to eat.

We bought some homemade chocolates to take home.
Written October 25, 2022
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Erik B
Powell River, Canada214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
An amazing experience that every family must try on their trip to Belize. Our family of four took the morning slot cooking chicken soup, tamales, tortillas and the Mayan Chocolate drink. The food was amazing and the company was incredible with all the traditional cooking skills taught during the 2 hours. Come hungry as there is lots of food to eat. Five Stars for accommodation, pictures and the food
Written January 2, 2024
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bayne20🇿🇦
San Jose, CA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This was a beautiful authentic mayan cooking experience. Yesenia and her daughter were so welcoming, they offered us insights into unique Belizean mayan food and cooking styles, which were delicious! We really enjoyed this experience and I highly recommend you try this!
Written June 22, 2023
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Courtney E
Fort Collins, CO73 contributions
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Feb 2023 • Couples
This was one of the unexpected highlights of our trip! Yesenia and Alden were incredible hosts and teachers (plus the love they have for each other is obvious and beautiful). The property and outdoor kitchen are gorgeous, the cooking AMAZING and the food plentiful. We couldn’t believe how many different dishes we got to prepare and eat. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and traditions with us. Highly recommend going home with extra chocolates!
Written February 18, 2023
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GrandTour54541460832
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
My wife, daughter and I spent almost half a day at the kitchen. It was an outstanding experience and a nice compliment to the other more active expeditions we took to Mayan Ruins above ground and in caves in the area. It was a great learning experience and added to the appreciation we had of the Mayan culture and the people.
Written January 12, 2024
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Amy H
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Jan 2019 • Friends
My 2 friends and I from New Jersey spent a marvelous morning with Yesenia and Alden in their Mayan kitchen (built from the ground up by Alden) learning about medicinal plants used by the Mayans and trying our hands at making some delicious authentic and traditional foods. Alden picked us up from the Table Rock Jungle Lodge and brought us to his home in the mountains where the ancient Mayans lived. He showed us some actual Mayan relics that were found on his property! After selecting and harvesting our own plantain leaves for the tamale wraps, we prepared all sorts of goodies, using the traditional methods of grinding (using the grindstone that was passed down to Yesenia from her Mayan great grandmother!) and cooking over an open flame. We even fed our leftover tidbits of corn masa to the adorable resident ducks, Chuck and Daisy. At lunchtime, we ate all the food we had prepared, so come VERY hungry as you will have to have a siesta when you leave! We were also lucky enough to briefly meet their young boys who were home from school for lunch.

This is more than a simple cooking class...we felt like we were honored guests and were made to feel so comfortable in their home kitchen. Besides the traditional cooking techniques, we learned a lot about the local area and Mayan history. We would highly recommend this for couples, groups of friends or families. Don't miss this incredible experience!
Written February 5, 2019
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Betsy R
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Jul 2018 • Family
We stopped by the Mayan Kitchen on Cristo Rey Rd without reservations. Our family of four, my husband and I, and our two boys (12 &14) really enjoyed our time with Yesenia and learning the Mayan way of cocoa. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Yesenia has created a little piece of paradise! She greeted us and gave us a tour of her gardens and explained the uses of many of the plants she has on her property included her cocoa tree complete with iguana hiding in the leaves. Then, we headed over to her open air Mayan kitchen where we roasted cocoa beans, peeled the beans and then we took turns grinding the beans on a stone grinder that has been in their family for generations. All the while, Yesenia told us stories about Mayan traditions. It was an informational and captivating tour. Afterwards, we all sat around and enjoyed our Mayan hot cocoa that we had made and delicious homemade chocolate candies that Yesenia crafts. Not to mention, we really enjoyed just visiting with Yesenia and her family. She was such a lovely woman and we felt like old friends before our time was over. I highly recommend stopping by and doing the chocolate tour or booking her Mayan cooking class. If we ever make it back that way, we will definitely do that as well.
Written August 2, 2018
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Olivia S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Our experience at Eden Valley Mayan Kitchen was nothing short of amazing from the very beginning. The day started when Alden picked us up from our lodge just down the road. When we arrived at their house, we met his wife, Yesenia, and she walked us around the garden explaining many of the benefits of the plants all around us. Then, we began the class by cutting down banana leaves for our tamales!!

We proceeded to the beautiful outdoor kitchen overlooking a pond and the natural beauty of Belize. In the kitchen, we began preparing our tamales and chicken caldo with the help of Yesenia and her daughter Chelsea. Yesenia is so knowledgeable about the food and the historical preparation techniques, which made the entire experience so enjoyable.

The entire day was filled with amazing Mayan history, delicious food, and the most wonderful hosts! This experience truly was the highlight of our trip!
Written July 30, 2018
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