Difficulty
Hard
fitness
7/10
Technical
9/10
Distance
155 km (96.16mi)
Ascent
4,690m (15,387ft)
Descent
-8,904m (-29,213ft)
Max Alt.
2,872m (9,423ft)
Riding Time
7 Days

Description

One of the America’s best kept secrets: Guatemala is home to incredible, terrain, climate and culture. This 7 day itinerary follows old agricultural and trading routes of the Maya connecting the best sights in the country. The riding is technical and raw -unlike anything in the northern hemisphere.

Get ready to see Guatemala like few do.

Highlights

  • Connect the best trails and sights in the country with a unique multi-day route
  • Shuttle Assisted – nearly twice the downhill and over 28,000ft of descent!
  • 90% off-road and over 40% singletrack
  • Visit the Mayan ruins of Ixcimché and Q’umarkaj
  • Views of two Active Volcanoes
  • See Lake Atitlán for the first time from the saddle of your bike
  • Stay in unique and tranquil eco-hotels
  • Soak in volcanic hot springs

Places Visited on this Tour

TOUR DETAILS

8 Nights

2 Travel Days

6 Riding Days

2 Rest Days

January

12/30 -1/7/2019
Come join us for New Years in Guatemala!

Max 6 People

February

2/17 - 2/25/2019
Spring Break
Join us for 6 of the best riding days of your life!
Max 8 People

MARCH

3/16 - 3/24/2019
Guatemlan Summer
Join us for 6 of the best riding days of your life!
Max 8 People

We are offering this tour at three dates for 2019. Spaces are limited! Reserve your spot today!

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE

Guatemala International Airport

Please schedule your flight dates for at least 24hrs before and after your tour.

Let us know if you would like us to pick you up at the airport

INCLUDED
MealsAccommodations
Ground TransportationProfessional guide
Park Entrance fees
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare
Bike Rental
ITINERARY
SaturdayArrive in GuatemalaTraavel Day
SundayAntigua Shuttle DayRiding Day 1
MondayAntigua-TecpánRiding Day 2
TuesTecpán IximchéRiding Day 3
WendsTotonicapán – QuichéRiding Day 4
ThursChichicastenango MarketOptional Rest
FriXela Santiaguito VolcanoRiding Day 6
SaturdayLago AtitlánOptional Rest
SundayReturn to AntiguaTravel Day

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BIKE RENTALS

Giant Talon 29er Bike Rental

This 29in wheeled hardtail that climbs efficiently to get you to the top of the mountain.

Giant Trace 27.5 Bike Rental

This progressive trail bike features 150mm of travel plus the all-round performance of 27.5 wheels.

Giant Reign 27.5 Bike Rental

Enduro-inspired ripper made to conquer all mountains with 160mm of suspension and slack geometry.

Airport Transfer with Your Bike

Allow us to meet you at the airport with our professional shuttle service.   We will deliver you direct to your

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Day 1: Antigua Enduro

True to its name, "La Antigua" is a UNESCO world heritage site with loads of history to explore. The city was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, but its principal monuments are still pre served 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. Today, we will ride through coffee plantations and fields of flowers as we become more acquainted with the valley.
DistanceAscentDescentMax Altitude
29.47km 18.31mi6,91m 2,268ft-2,122m -6,962ft2,529m 8,298ft
2

Day 2: Tecpán

In the morning we will pay a visit to the Ruins of Ixcimché former Mayan metropolis destroyed in 1520 located at 2500m atop an isolated cliff. We will learn about the history of the place from a local guide and explore the  600 year old Mayan pyramids.
DistanceAscentDescentMax Altitude
29.47km 18.31mi902m 2,959ft-1,074m -3,524ft2,545m 8,350ft
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Day 3: Tecpán-Pana

Our largest day of the tour, this legendary trail follows the route of the Kaqchiquel Maya from the ruins of Iximché to the shores of Lake Atitlán. You will see Mayan piramids and learn a little history before crossing a patchwork of canyons and technical trails. The route is isolated and unique. From Iximché we will descend an ancient and eroded Mayan trail to the Madre Vieja River. Our route follows the exodus of the Kaqchiquel to lake Atitlán after the spanish conquest. The lake is still alive with their culture and language to this day. We will descend the infamous "sendero de las vacas" named after encounters with cows ascending the deep, switchbacking trail - with nowhere to go, bikers had to climb up to let the herd pass! At the top of brutal 7km climb, we will get our first views of Lake Atitlán: an enormous volcanic caldera sorounded by 3 volcanoes. After a picnic lunch with a view we will descend the classic Culebra downhill following an ancient aqueduct along a cliff above Lake Atitlán, finishing in a unique urban downhill through the town of Santa Catarina Palopó - famous for its rich colors and textiles.
DistanceAscentDescentMax Altitude
31.29km 19.44mi722m 2,360ft-2,224m -7,297ft2,543m 8,343ft
4

Day 4: A very volcanic day!

Today we will ride to two volcanoes and see one Guatemala’s newest and active volcanic creations: Volcán Santiaguito. In 1920 an enormous eruption rocked Santa Maria blowing off the southern side of the volcanic cone has been growing ever since.

Heading out of Xela in the morning climb EL Baul Park with a beautiful views of the city - descending from the cross we will connect some of the many mountain bike trails in the park.

A 4km climb will bring us to the town of Cantón CHICUÁ home of Cerro Quemado: our first volcano of the day. This extinct volcanic cone is home to an enormous lava field and many religious sites. Pilgrims come from all over to worship on the burned mountain. We will cross colorful fields of flowers grown for the offerings before descending a rough and loose singletrack.

We meet up with the van for a brief shuttle along the flanks of Volcano Santa Maria packing our lunches before heading to the Santiago Mirador through pastures and cow paths. There we will have lunch at the mirador overlooking the active volcano before snaking back around the mountain catching some of the singletrack along the hiking trail to santa maria before descending down to Zunil (over 1000m of DH) on steep dirt and jeep track.

Shuttle to the Fuentes Georgianas - hot springs and hotel for the night.

DistanceAscentDescentMax Altitude
26.37 km 16.39mi343 m 1,125 ft-1,681m -5,515 ft2,872m 9,423ft
Night 1Antigua

Posada de San Carlos - Antigua

Featuring lush gardens and a terrace, Posada de San Carlos offers four star accommodation in Antigua Guatemala. Located centrally there are many restaurants, bars and shops located a few blocks of the property. The town’s historic Central Park is 100 m from the hotel as well as a handicrafts market within a 5-minute walk.

Posada de San Carlos includes a restaurant cafe and bar. Room service is also available for guests.

 

Night 2Tecpán

Chichoy Hotel and Restaraunt. Tecpán, Guatemala (2648.0 m) Photo by ©2018 MTBguatemala.com

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