Is Central America A Good Location For A Food Tour?

Central America is one of the most popular holiday destinations for solo backpackers, friends embarking on a trip of a lifetime, and even families looking to travel a little further afield. One of the reasons for its popularity? The food.

This article will explore all the delicious foods you can try in Central America, with a close-up look into the tasty treats of Costa Rica, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Costa Rica

Given the spectacular wildlife and nature on offer in Costa Rica, we don’t blame you for wanting to visit there. If you ever find yourself booking a Costa Rica trip, prepare your stomach for a diet of comfort food consisting largely of beans and rice. Nothing to be sniffed at! However, there are also a few other local delicacies you need to try:

Patí is a flaky pastry turnover filled with meat, garlic, onions, and other spicy deliciousness!

Pipa fría is put simply, a frozen coconut. And let me tell you, coconut water always tastes the best when a local has used a machete to hack off the top of the coconut and stuck a straw inside…

Chifrijo is a very typical snack from Guatemala and has two main ingredients: chicharrón (fried pork) and frijoles (beans). Yours will also probably come with rice, tortilla chips and avocado inside for good measure.


For fans of Spanish food, Guatemala is a great choice for a Central American adventure. The local Guatemalan cuisine is a mix of Mayan culture and Spanish traditions, and even tourist hot spots like Antigua offer travellers the chance to try many typical local plates.

Why not order chicken pepián (a spicy stew that’s one of the oldest dishes in Guatemala) or pupusas (thick corn tortillas stuffed with every filling under the sun!)



Why do so many people say Mexican cuisine is their favourite food despite never having visited Mexico? Because it’s some of the tastiest in the world!

Mexican cuisine typically varies from region to region, and one great example is tacos. The delicious tacos in the north are very different to the street-style tacos in the central part of the country - which also differ from the tacos de ceviche (raw fish) in the south!

The great thing about Mexican food (apart from how delicious it is) is that it’s also really also to make at home. You really don’t need much cooking expertise to make traditional bean quesadillas or pork carnitas!

If you’re a foodie looking for their next overseas adventure, the Central American countries of Costa Rica, Mexico and Guatemala combine unforgettable scenery and vibrant culture… with equally as unforgettable and vibrant food!

*Collaborative post

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