A small country with a big heart

 

A mere 200 miles wide, Guatemala is home to incredible terrain, culture and biodiversity. Two oceans, 14,000ft volcanoes, and 21 Mayan languages make for a country that is far from ordinary.

Cycling culture is exploding here with numerous races and events each weekend. I believe that now, more than ever is the best time to visit Guatemala with your bike.

 

Brendan JamesLead guide

Why Ride With Us?

With years of experience riding, racing and exploring in Guatemala we know the trails better than anyone.

Come with us as we connect the country “off the map” using a network of Mayan foot and horse paths, many of which are hundreds of years old.

Mountain biking Guatemala is one of the most immersive ways to see the country – providing a glimpse into living Mayan culture with autonomy you simply can’t get from traditional travel.

We tailor tours that provide exceptional experiences. Challenging you as a rider and connecting you with local cycling culture.

Nobody knows the trails like the locals. Whether you are an experienced rider who wants to shred 8,000ft+ of descent in a single day or a casual athlete who simply wants to escape the tourist trap we provide expert-led tours to suit your riding style.

Our bi-lingual guides break the language barrier – connecting you with local riders and the best routes and sights that the country has to offer.

There is no better way to see a country than by bike. 

Let us know your interests and we will design a stellar muli-day tour that balances technical singletrack, volcanic vistas and connects Mayan sites throughout the country.

Looking for an all-inclusive multi-day point to point epic? Contact us and we will put together a package that will fit your ability and budget.

Our guides and rentals are top notch providing an un-paralleled level of service  – keeping you safe, on track and having fun.

As riders ourselves we know how tough it can be to travel in foreign country with your bike. Transportation, orientation, and the time it takes to become become familiar with new terrain and customs.

We won’t slow you down.

We know what it is like to only have a few days to experience a new place to the fullest. When timelines and punctuality matter we cut the riff-raff and get you out and riding!

Learn More About

Guatemala

Explore

A mountainous country with a diversity of climates, Guatemala is a paradise for mountain bike exploration. Most people here live above 1200m (4,000ft) with cool  4-24°C (40-75°F) temps year round. Numerous micro-climates and serious elevation mean you can start in your ride in the cold alpine and finish in the tropics.

Guatemala does not suck.

A mountainous country with a diversity of climates, Guatemala is a paradise for mountain bike exploration. Most people here live above 1200m (4,000ft) with cool  4-24°C (40-75°F) temps year round. Numerous micro-climates and serious elevation mean you can start in your ride in the cold alpine and finish in the tropics.

Monkeys Bike Shop

La Fuente, 4a Calle Oriente #14 Antigua, Guatemala

(Behind Choco Museo)

+502 7937 0232

 

Our headquarters and bike shop – come visit us in Antigua!

We live, breath, race and ride bikes. Specializing in equipment and apparel for the enduro rider we are distributors of Scott and Giant Bicycles.  We are the local’s bike shop in Antigua!

Stop in for a quick repair or complete overhaul.  We have helped many long distance bicycle tourists on their journey south.

We can special order just about any part for your bike – most international orders arrive within 10 days.

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-6:30pm Sat 12-3pm

Group Rides Tuesday and Thursday 6:00am Parque Central

Check out our

Antigua day tours

Tierras De Lujo

Our beginner, shuttle supported cross country tour. Follow smooth, mostly flat agricultural singletrack through working farms of corn and vegetables. Enjoy a fast descent down to Antigua on a thousand year old trail.
Easy
2/5

Valle Escondido

A true backcountry loop - if you enjoy hiking with your bike, long, raw bushwack descents and a full day in the mountains where very few go -untouched cloud forest and incredible views await.
Hard
4/5

Los Nispéros XC

Meander through coffee and fruit plantations and climb steep agricultural singletrack at the foot of the Auga Volcano. This cross country tour has an enjoyable balance of climbing and descent and can be extended based on fitness.
Easy
3/5

Top of the world

Shuttle supported Cross country tour to the top of the world! - Big views of 4 volcanoes await on this medium level cross country mountain bike tour in Antigua.
Medium
2/5

Agua Enduro

Ride a dry lava river and descend the steep slopes of the enormous Agua Volcano on this eduro tour in Antigua.
Medium
2/5
New!

La Mixqueña

Site of a local enduro course this route is fast, technical, and combines deep forests with an urban downhill.
Medium
5/5

Cerro Cucurucho

Earn your descent in this rugged and varied cross country loop from Antigua connecting some of the best XC trails above town.
Hard
4/5

Florencia

A nice introductory ride to the pine forested singletrack above Antigua, Guatemala.
Easy
5/5

Dos Aguacates Enduro

Our local favorite enduro that links a few of the classic descents above Antigua.
Medium
3/5
Or perhaps your Interested in our all inclusive

Multi Day Epics

Cultural

Travesía Campanabaj

Join us for one of Guatemala's oldest and most challenging group rides through the high protected pine forests of Totonicapán.
Medium
4/5
Multi-Day

2 Day Atitlán XC (Med)

Conecting the best views of the lake, local sites and culture. Old logging roads and singletrack.
Medium
3/5
New!

Tecpan-Pana Route of the Kaqchikel

Follow the path of the Kaqchikel Maya in this new multi-day mountain bike route for 2019! With high-altitude pine forests, a rich Mayan history, and tons of agricultural singletrack to explore Guatemala is an amazing place to ride a bike.
Hard
4/5

Who we are

Tony Fortuny

Shop Owner

With a background in motocross Tony immediately fell in love with enduro racing. He opened Monkey Bike Shop with his lifetime friend – offering quality service representing the best gear in Guatemala.

Tony is an avid enduro racer, he drives on the wrong side of the road, lives like a reggaeton star and has a lapdog named Cony.

Brendan James

Lead Guide

Raised in Vermont Brendan built trails and raced mountain bikes from an early age. An accomplished photographer, and bike racer he settled down in Guatemala in 2014 “MTB paradise in the mountains“.

Brendan knows Guatemala like few locals do – with over 5 years exploring the country and 120 guided trips under his belt.

Jorgi Rodriguez

Director

Native Antigüeño, Jorgi is an avid cyclist and coffee shop owner. He brews the best cup in town! Jorgi also runs a small bed and breakfast Maglia Coffee and Guesthouse. Jorgi has been a cycling fanatic his entire life and co-ordinates rides with the local mountain bike club MTB Antigua.

reviews

"Tony and the crew at Monkey Bike Shop provided high end bikes tuned and ready to ride. Tours led by Brendan (who has mapped, photographed and ridden several hundred miles of trails) will ensure that you have the best day imaginable. "

– Damien (Whistler, Canada)

"Brendan's knowledge of the local geography, history and people is second to none. Whether you're climbing through lush forests, riping down ancient Mayan trails or catching breathtaking volcano, ocean and countryside views your mind will be blown! "

– Emily (Whistler, Canada)

"Monkey Bike Tours is the only option for high-quality mountain biking adventures in Guatemala. Professional, reliable and affordable is the best way to describe their team. They provide quality bike rentals with amazing guides who will show you the ultimate riding zones while educating about the local area along the way."

-Josh (Colorado)

Maglia Guesthouse and Café

2 Avenida sur No. 61 C Antigua, Guatemala

 

Hours: Mon-Fri 7-12 & 2-7pm

Yes, we have cafe too! – Stop in for some of the best espresso around as well as breakfast and lunch specials. Behind the cafe we have a small bed and breakfast with 5 rooms for rent by the night, week or month – it’s the perfect place to base out of while you explore Guatemala.

 

Special discounts for cycle tourists and long term stays.