Mountain Biking at Lake Atitlán

Mountain Biking at Lake Atitlán is all about incredible views and timeless Mayan culture. Steep and rugged – this enormous crater lake is quite possibly one of the most beautiful and difficult places to ride in Guatemala.

More than single destination – Lake Atitlán is a region of deep canyons, towering volcanoes and rich Mayan culture. Many travelers find themselves coming for a a day or two but stay for much longer with so much to explore.

Mountain Biking at Lake Atitlán
2 Day Tecpán – Pana Tour. Agua Escondida, Guatemala (1800m) Photo: Brendan James ©2018 MTBguatemala.com

Towns and Villages for Mountain Biking at Lake Atitlán

There are 12 towns around Central America’s deepest Lake –each with their own culture 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 southern side of the lake, is the largest of the towns. San Marcos on the north side of the lake is a famous destination for Yogis. At Lake Atitlán the people speak three Mayan languages: Kaqchikel, K’iche and Tzʼutujil.

Mountain Biking at Lake Atitlán

Mountain Biking at Lake Atitlán

(Brendan James)
When I first visited Guatemala in 2012 I came to Lake Atitlán and I stayed. 2 years later I would move on but not after exploring every footpath that I could, seeking out the best trails for riding. The Lake Atitlán area re-kindled my love for the mountain bike and gave me plenty to explore.

The climate at the lake is perfect: 10-20C (50-70F) year round – not to hot or cold!  The mountains here are home to rocky, pine forest riding, with extensive steep canyons in all directions.  A supervolcanic, crater, all the trails down to the level of the lake are rocky, technical and extremely steep.

Let us know your interests and we would be happy to put together a day or two of mountain biking at Lake Atitlán with customized routes of all levels.

OUR TOURS at lake atitlán

Day of the Dead Enduro

Join us for 5 days of epic gravity assisted riding in Guatemala along with local celebration and culture!
Enduro
Hard

Fall Highland Tour

5 days of fantastic intermediate cross country mountain biking culminating with a visit to the travesía Campanabaj.
Cross Country Mountain Bike Tours
Medium

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
Cross Country Mountain Bike Tours
Hard

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,
Adventure
Hard

5 Day Enduro Tour

The best enduro rides in Guatemala in 5 jam-packed days.
Enduro
Hard

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
1336 m (4,383 ft)

2 Day Atitlán XC (Hard)

An amazing way to discover Lake Atitlán. Remote, canyons deep forests and rugged agricultural singletrack.
Hard
2,826m 9,272ft

2 Day Atitlán XC (Med)

Conecting the best views of the lake, local sites and culture. Old logging roads and singletrack.
Cross Country Mountain Bike Tours, Cultural
Medium
Mountain Biking at Lake Atitlán Unnamed Road , Guatemala
Photo: Brendan James ©2020 MTBguatemala.com

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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