Its chilly; a low fog envelops the valley of Quetzaltenango. We hustle to stay warm load the mountain bikes on the van and rush into the hotel for breakfast. This is our on our second day of a custom enduro mountain bike itinerary crossing the highlands of Guatemala.
Connecting climates and cultures in rural Guatemala
Yesterday we were in the communal forests of Parcialidad Vasquez Otziles in Totonicapán near 11,000ft. The riding was remote, technical and left us with a taste of the raw Mayan trails that Guatemala had to offer.
Despite a few bushwacks and route finding the morale of the group was good – which set us up for the big day I had planned ahead. Today we were going where no mountain bike tour had been – a 2800m (9,000ft) downhill on the backside of Lake Atitlán dubbed “la Infinita”.