Land of Plenty, Guatemala
Mountain bike holiday in Guatemala
This riding adventure starts in the city of Antigua with its magnificent Spanish colonial relics, cobblestone streets, pastel facades surrounded by volcanoes and lush forests. Our warm-up ride is at ‘El Zur’, a private mountain bike park in the jungle with 25 km of machine-built flowing bliss. Then it’s time for some singletrack riding in the beautiful hills around the Antigua before transfering to the Mayan ruins of Iximche to ride Tecpan's best trails. The next leg is great ride through authentic communities to Lake Atitlán, one of the nicest places that you’ve ever seen where fishermen in rustic boats crisscross the lake’s aquamarine surface while indigenous women in multicoloured outfits do their washing by the banks while a volcano-studded horizon looms in the distance. We'll spend a night in the vibrant town of Panajachel, then transfer to a beautiful boat-access only hotel accross the lake. We’re very excited about this new trip; the superb natural scenery, fun and varied singletrack riding and the fusion of Spanish and Indigenous cultures make Guatemala an excellent place to travel and ride mountain bikes.
Riders can add-on an overnight hiking ascent of Acatenango Volcano with views of erupting Volcan de Fuego. Epic!
Day 1: Welcome to Guatemala. Transfer to Antigua.
Arrive in Guatemala City and be greeted by our driver at the airport. Transfer to our Antigua hotel, explore this fascinating city.
Day 2: Ride El Zur private bike park
This private mountain bike park on the side of a lush volcano boasts over 25 km of flowing, rolling, purpose built singletrack bliss; a perfect warm-up ride. Afternoon exploration of historical Antigua.
Day 3: Ride Antigua valley
Amazing XC riding from the door of our hotel to the indigenous Mayan town of San Juan del Obispo and towards the Volcan Agua. Big descent back to town for a cold cerveza.
Day 4: Transfer to Ixmche Mayan ruins. Ride Tecpan trails.
Short guided tour of the fascinating Ixmche ruins then head out on a great ride with views of Lake Atitlan and it's three surrounding volcanoes.
Day 5: Ride Tecpan to Lake Atitlan.
A backcountry point-to-point ride with a bit of everything. The last descent of the day is to the shore of stunning Lake Atitlan and the bustling town of Panajachel where we bed down for the night.
Day 6: Ride Slickrock. Relax on Lake Atitlan.
A beautiful 1300m (4265ft.) descent from high above the lake with some challenging sections on gravel roads and singletrack back down to town. Then we catch a boat to our very sweet boat-accessed only hotel.
Day 7: Relax on the lake, transfer to Antigua.
Awake to a relaxing morning at our idylic hotel; swim, kayak or hang in the hammock. Then late-morning boat transfer back to civilization. Transfer to Antigua for last night celebrations.
Day 8: Transfer to Guatemala City for flights home.
Transfer to Guatemala City to catch your departure flight. Adiós amigos!
What our Guests Say:
"We're now in love with Guatemala and can't wait to return. Thanks for a super-great mountain bike adventure, we enjoyed every minute."