Today a hands-on cooking class held in a traditional kitchen on the lodge grounds. Discuss the techniques and flavors used by the Mayans and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The cuisine and culinary traditions of the Ancient Mayans was diverse and extensive. The Mayans were hunters, fishers and used their own gardens to grow their food supply. Their most traditional dishes use a variety of ingredients. Their largest crop production was maize (corn). Cacao, another principal crop, was used in a sacred drink and also as an exchange unit in its grain form. The Spanish colonization brought change to the region. They introduced not only a new religion and lifestyle, but also new flavors and ingredients. The Spaniards also introduced alcohol, resulting today that Guatemala produces one of the world’s finest rums. Afternoon at leisure.