Rich in colonial history, La Antigua is a veritable garden - "the land of eternal spring" flowers bloom year-round here, and the steep hillsides produce some of the best coffees in the world. Antigua is positioned dangerously beneath 3 towering 3400m+ volcanoes.
True to its name, “La Antigua” is a UNESCO world heritage site with loads of history to explore. It was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. Most of the surviving civil, religious, and civic buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries and constitute magnificent examples of colonial architecture in the Americas.
Part of the reason Antigua was founded was due to it’s climate – cool nights, hot days – perfect for growing coffee. The Antigua valley connects to the ocean providing wider fluctuation in temperature then the rest of Guatemala – but it 10-27°C (50-80°F).
Dry Season (Sept – May)
Smooth, hard-pack and fine volcanic sand. Trails cut through dry fields which remain bare for months.
Rainy Season (Sept – May)
Afternoon storms roll through the region around 3pm – very rarely does it rain in the morning or for more than 12 hours in duration.\
XC Hardtail or Full suspension 80-160mm of travel.
Maximum gear ratio for climbing. 28×42 or 32×50