Bask in Rich Maya Culture at Ka’ana Resort

by Vivian Roe

Deep in the heart of Belize’s jungle, Ka’ana Resort is a destination for tastemakers. Ka’ana’s location on the doorstep of an ancient Maya city inspired the resort name, which translates to “Heavenly Place”. Well, this place is just that – and more.


Photo Credits: Ka’ana Resort Belize

While the resort boasts luxurious suites and villas in the jungle with an impressive array of adventures, it’s what they do in the culinary world that’s grabbing our attention today. From local, seasonal dishes to artisanal cocktails, Ka’ana’s food and beverage program is designed to satiate and inspire. Indeed, the resort has mastered the art of weaving culture and curiosity into their dining experiences. And, one of these experiences standing out is the Maya Cooking Class.

Where Food and History Collide

The ancient Maya civilization is part of Belize’s rich culture. And many ancient Maya sites are dotted around the country. From Xunantunich to Lamanai, these sites give visitors a chance to step into a time in history. Moreover, it uncovers the country’s rich history and what makes it so special. Today, the rich Maya culture is reflected in many aspects of Belize and it is especially reflected in the food at Ka’ana.

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Xunantunich Maya Site. © Duarte Dellarole Photography

Ka’ana has created an experience where guests can experience firsthand this unique culture through food. After all, Maya food is as rich in flavor as it is in ritual. Maya cooks today still use ancient methods to prepare traditional meals for their families. This cooking class gives you the opportunity to experience these first-hand.

A Cultural and Culinary Adventure

In order to fully immerse yourself into this experience, Ka’ana has built a traditional Maya kitchen on property. It is complete with a fogon, the traditional Maya stove made of brick and mud. In this unique class, you’ll learn about the ancient techniques and flavor profiles used while preparing authentic dishes like corn tortillas, tamales and caldo. A traditional Maya cook will be your teacher; the experience lasts about two hours or less. And once you’ve learned to cook as the Maya did, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor and eat as a Maya as well. Enjoy your intimate meal al fresco, before retiring to your villa for a restful night – waking to yet another day of Belizean adventure.

For more information on adventures or staying at Ka’ana, take advantage of their ‘Book Now, Stay Later’ offer here – valid until September 21, 2020. 

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