Lake Atitlán

Quite possibly one of the most beautiful and challenging places to ride a mountain bike in all of Guatemala Lake Atitlán is known for its outstanding views and incredible timeless Mayan culture.

When I first visited Guatemala I came to Lake Atitlán and I stayed. The area re-kindled my love for the mountain bike and gave me plenty to explore. Many people schedule a day or two at Lake Atitlán but you could easially spend a week. There are over a dozen towns to visit and each has their own distinctive feel and culture. Many are accessed only by boat or lanchas – the public water taxi.

Lake Atitlán is like a antropolgical time capsule of Mayan culture. To this day there are three Mayan languages spoken at the lake KaqchikelK’iche’ and Tz’utujil. The principle economy of the lake is based on weaving, fishing and farming. The town of Panajachel is known for having the largest market and draws the most ammount of forign tourists. Santiago de Atitlán, located at the far side of the lake, is the largest of the towns.

OUR TOURS

Multi-Day

5 Day Enduro Tour

The best enduro rides in Guatemala in 5 jam-packed days.
Hard
7/10
Multi-Day

2 Day Lake Atitlán Enduro Tour

2 days of technical riding around Lake Atitán.
Medium
5/10
MTB Atitlan
Multi-Day

2 Day Lake Atitlán XC Tour (Hard)

An amazing way to discover Lake Atitlán. Remote, canyons deep forests and rugged agricultural singletrack.
Hard
9/10
Multi-Day

2 Day Lake Atitlán XC Tour (Medium)

Conecting the best views of the lake, local sites and culture. Old logging roads and singletrack.
Medium
4/10
Multi-Day

Guatemalan Highland Tour

This XC tour connects the best of the Gutemalan highlands with the perfect blend of sights and singletrack.
Hard
7/10

BEFORE YOU GO

Quiché Cycling Clubs

Escarabajos Quiche Quiche
MTB Escarabajos Quiche
MTB XOY - Joyabaj

Quiché Bike Shops:

ROBRA BIKES

Lake Atitán has been described as “the best weather in the world” temperatures fluctuate little throughout the year. Average daily temps range from 16-24°C (60-75°F)

Dry Season (Sept – May)

Dry, rocky grassy, during this season corn is harvested and many fields are left bare for months – with agricultural paths which lend themselves very well to mountain biking.

Rainy Season

During the rainy season (May – September) afternoon storms engulf the area around 4pm – Most days you can get out and ride in the morning with clear skies year round. Rains at the lake can be torrential – but short in duration, causing brief flooding.

Recommended Bike

Full suspension 80-160mm of travel.

Maximum gear ratio for climbing. 28×42 or 32×50

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