Lake Atitlán

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

More than destination – Lake Atitlán is a region of deep canyons, towering volcanoes and rich Mayan culture that surrounds Central America’s deepest lake.

Towns and Villages at Lake Atitlán

There are over 12 towns around Lake  Atitlán- each with their own unique cultures and traditions. Panajachel is considered the main gateway to the lake for many tourists and is known for its large market. Santiago de Atitlán, at the far side of the lake, is the largest of the towns. San Marcos and on the northern side of the lake is a famous destination for Yogis.

Mountain biking in Lake Atitlán

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 can easily spend a week here. 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.

OUR TOURS in lake atitlán

Multi-Day

Guatemalan Highland Tour

Our 7 day Guatemalan highland mountain bike tour is a one-of-kind introduction to the country and it’s amazing riding. Experience
Hard
4/5
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,
Hard
4/5
Multi-Day

5 Day Enduro Tour

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

Lake Atitlán Enduro P2P

2 days of technical enduro riding around Lake Atitán with raw agricultural trails and cliff-lined singletrack with views that will
Hard
3/5
Multi-Day

2 Day Atitlán XC (Hard)

An amazing way to discover Lake Atitlán. Remote, canyons deep forests and rugged agricultural singletrack.
Hard
5/5
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

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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