One of Guatemala’s smallest departments and stronghold of Mayan Culture Totonicapán has a history of resistance to Spanish colonization. Totonicapán is like a country within a country.

Mountain biking in Totonicapán is characterized by cold mountains, high pine forests and a K’iche culture all it’s own Totonicapán is small and mighty. Our overview of the regions wouldn’t be complete without mention of Totonicapán as one of the best mountain bike destinations in Guatemala.

Remote and high altitude forest riding in the Totonicapán Department.  Photo: Brendan James ©2018 MTBguatemala.com

Totonicapán City

Originally known in K’iche  as ‘Chuimekenái, which means  “place on hot water.” The capital of Totonicapán is modern Mayan metropolis situated at 2400m the base of a large mountain range. The legend has it that Tecún Umán departed from here to face the Spanish Conquistador Don Pedro de Alvarado

Totonicpán is one of the few places where you can ride through rare central american pine forests.  Photo: Brendan James ©2019 MTBguatemala.com

Mountain Biking in Totonicapán

The riding in Totonicapán is characterized by rocky, high pine forests and alpine plains. The area is home to thousands of trails and acuaducts which begin in the mountains and drop to the towns below.

Travesía Campanabaj

Held each year in Totonicapán Travesía Campanabaj is one of the largest mountain bike group rides in the country. In 2018 the event drew over 1000 cyclists from across Guatemala. The course climbs up from the town of San Cristóbal Totonicapán to the pine forests of Parcialidad Vasquez Otz’iles. Each year the travesia takes a different route – and is getting more Technical. If you haven’t gone Mountain biking in Totonicapán – this is a great way to get a taste.

Travesía Campanabaj Totonicapán, Guatemala Photo: Brendan James ©2019 MTBguatemala.com

our tours in Totonicapán

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

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

Travesía Campanabaj

Join us for one of Guatemala's oldest and most challenging group rides through the high protected pine forests of Totonicapán.
Cross Country Mountain Bike Tours, Cultural
Medium

Video: Mountain Biking in Totonicapán

BEFORE YOU GO

Quiché Cycling Clubs

Escarabajos Quiche Quiche
MTB Escarabajos Quiche
MTB XOY - Joyabaj

Quiché Bike Shops:

ROBRA BIKES

Most of Quiché is over 9,000ft. Which means the weather here is cool. Morning fog fills the valleys and the temperatures here can drop around freezing. Average daily temps range from 10-20°C (50-65°F)

Dry Season (Sept – May)

The dry season here is characterized by hardened adobe like soil – that prevents much undergrowth from developing in the forest. Pine forest here are thin and make for great bike riding.

Rainy Season

During the rainy season (May – September) afternoon storms engulf the area around 3pm – and the rains go through the night. Trails get quite muddy and that adobe type soil can be very slippery.

Recommended Bike

XC  Hardtail or Full suspension 80-100mm of travel.

Maximum gear ratio for climbing. 28×42 or 32×50

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