Changing the stereotypes of Guatemala for the better.

Over the past few years Mountain Bike Guatemala has had a chance to touch many people’s lives with our Guatemala cycling trips– showing a side of the country beyond the tourism map.

Mountain biking in Guatemala is always a cultural experience, and many of our testemonials speak to the incredible beauty and warmth of the country as well as it’s people.

Google Reviews

    5 star review  I went to El Paredon from Tecpan with Brendan (Mountain Bike owner) and the whole experience was very professional, starting with the registration, I was asked for very specific details about my health, my tastes for food, my weight, etc. Also, in the trip I noticed that the guides were experienced people that know a lot about mountain bike. Brendan and his team were always looking out for our safety in the trip in all aspects, I would definitely take another trip with Mountain Bike Guatemala.

    thumb Marlon Ordonez
    1/30/2020

    5 star review  Great day trip outing led by Marcos. We got to travel down trails and roads I would never have found on my own and the bike I rode was very high quality and fit like a glove. The scenery was beautiful and everyone we ran into along the way were very friendly. Would highly recommend to anyone traveling in Guatemala!

    thumb Emily Bartlett
    1/25/2020

    5 star review  Best experience for my first time mountain biking ever! Choosing to do the 2 day Tecpan - Lake Atitlan tour— I admit, I was nervous in the beginning, since I road bike when I’m at home—also going with my brother who is on another advanced level than I am— but our guides Alex, Nefta, and Eric made this trip such a great learning experience for me that I will return for more! Knowing their backyard well and studying what I could / could not do they guided me into the next turns well. I did have a few minor spills but nothing enough to make me want to stop—also, first aid skills, on point. Not only do they take you into secluded places that only people on foot go— they also teach you about the history of Guatemala, taking you into numerous eco systems that pass through ancient Mayan sites, routes, that head straight into breathe taking views. Pictures don’t do it justice I promise— Even if you choose to do a beginner, intermediate or advanced ride, you will not regret it. This is the best way to discover the beauty and culture that Guate has to to offer. I feel closer to my parents country more than ever. Unforgettable trip! Bravo! Era espectacular!! Gracias por todo muchachos ^.^ Marii

    thumb Mariisa Solorzano
    1/21/2020

    5 star review  Our Peru Mtn bike trip was very well organized and a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The rides and scenery were a perfect level for advanced riders (not always the case with tours in my experience). Miky the guide is extremely knowledgeable of not only the rides, but the history & culture of the people and places we visited. He also know great restaurants and ice cream shops in all the villages! I highly recommend planning a Peru Mtn bike trip with this group, you will not be disappointed!!

    thumb mary jannik
    12/03/2019

    5 star review  Awesome experience. I was surprised by the background work and preparation behind every one of his trips. He reaearches ans develops his own trails. Highly recommended

    thumb Bruno Mendoza
    11/30/2019

    5 star review  Our group of 5 were practically beginners at mountain biking and Brendan was able to customize the experience to our level. The views and trails were well worth the effort and gave a unique perspective of the towns. Great tour guide and I always felt safe.

    thumb Joanna Marie Bolosan
    11/19/2019

    5 star review  Had a great ride with Brendan and Alex. They were very knowledgable about the terrain and Guatemala and we saw some fantastic sights. Loved the occasional "off piste" way the trip unfolded as we saw some really cool stuff in out of the way places. Sweet rides too, which was much appreciated. We rode with another company and this was much better. Not cheap but worth the extra cost. I would definitely tour with them again because we feel we only scratched the surface of what the area has to offer. Randy

    thumb Randy Schmidt
    11/05/2019

    5 star review  Brendan James is an experienced mountain bike guide with a wealth of knowledge of trails, Guatemalan culture, and a great personality to boot. You will NOT be disappointed or bored on one of his tours. MTB Guatemala is a great place to get more information on mountain biking in the area whether you're a new rider or an experienced one and meet local riders and truly get immersed in the growing and awesome mountain bike community.

    thumb Sydney Belyayev
    11/05/2019

    5 star review  Just got back from a custom two day Highland tour with Brendan and crew... and was absolutely blown away! I was expecting the typical “here’s your bike, here’s this trail, here’s some lunch” kind of “tour” experience... but what I ended up getting was a whole other animal! Brendan knows Guatemala like the back of his hand... and took us out on some gnarly trails in really remote areas that few people (let alone tourists) will ever get to see. It was the perfect blend of culture, history, incredible landscapes, adventure and adrenaline. This is my second time in Guatemala... and I firmly believe there is no better way to get off the tourist route and truly see Guatemala... than on two wheels! Highly Highly recommend!

    thumb Emaleigh N
    4/18/2019

    5 star review  Rad bike tours in Guatemala’s less travelled highlands. The raw landscapes and trails will not disappoint. Brendan does a great job of guiding; making sure everything is taken care of, from top notch bikes to custom built routes and comfy hotels.

    thumb Ricky Watkins
    4/18/2019

    5 star review  Brendan has put together an unbelievable collection of tours to choose from throughout Guatemala. No matter your experience or interests, MTB Guatemala has rides perfect for you. I was extremely impressed with Brendan's knowledge and professionalism as a guide. If you are even thinking about riding Guatemala, go ride with these guys! You won't be disappointed.

    thumb Dustin Nere
    3/05/2019

    5 star review  Brendan James is an experienced mountain bike guide with a wealth of knowledge of trails, Guatemalan culture, and a great personality to boot. You will NOT be disappointed or bored on one of his tours. MTB Guatemala is a great place to get more information on mountain biking in the area whether you're a new rider or an experienced one and meet local riders and truly get immersed in the growing and awesome mountain bike community.

    thumb Sydney Karpowich
    2/15/2019

    5 star review  Awesome crew. Brendan was our host while we stay in Antigua. He is the best! Always scouting for new routes, sharing places to eat, drink coffee or just go for a beer. He really loves cycling as much as we do. David the bike mechanic help us a lot with our bicycles. He rebuilds a rear wheel in a few days and also fixes our stove, brakes, transmission. Everything! Thank you guys! we had an amazing experience.

    thumb Victor Barra
    2/15/2019

    5 star review  Mountain Bike Guatemala is the best company in Antigua. They tours, guides and bikes are terrific. The business offers tours and routes that no body else knows about, plus the tour guide "Brendan" is really knowledgeable and will tell you all you have to know about Guatemala from his prospective.

    thumb Lesly Aguilar
    2/14/2019

    5 star review  Hands down best mountain bike tours in Guatemala, and all of Central America! Brendan and his guides know the single track staches of Guatemala better than anyone and love sharing it! The guiding was well organized, professional and fun. We got to see people and places in the country we would never have discovered on our own and travel by mountain bike is the best way to do it! Be prepared for steep climbs, roaring descents and fabulous vistas!!

    thumb Scott Pauker
    2/14/2019

    5 star review  One of the best things I did in Guatemala was ride with these guys. They're a professional outfit with apparently intimate knowledge of all things mountain bike in the region. The trails were amazing, along with the cultural insights. Would have ridden again but my trip was over.

    thumb Mark Watson
    2/13/2019

    5 star review  If you are looking for adventure and if you want to see Guatemala off the beaten path, then MTB Guatemala is the place. Deeply rooted in sincere passion for mountain biking and the culture of Guatemala, MTB Guatemala not only brings you on the best rides in the country, but they also ensure that you get a taste for what Guatemala is really about. From ancient Mayan trails to sandy volcanic terrain, through rivers (literally) and old forests, breezy highland villages and high mountain avocado farms; they offer something for everyone. Aside from the epic descents, what I most enjoyed was the interactions with the local people. We ended up in places far, far away from the tourism hot spots at which locals were enthralled by our presence. It made for countless phenomenal interactive experiences with the 'real' Guatemala that ended up being the highlight of my whole Central America trip. When you're on a mountain bike way off the beaten path you see, hear, smell, and taste all sorts of things you wouldn't otherwise experience. I think that a mountain bike is the best way to experience a foreign culture, and the diverse, all-encompassing MTB Guatemala tours are perfect examples of that. I consider myself a moderate mountain biker (but I'm a much stronger mountain biker after Guatemala!). I've been shredding for a couple of years, mostly in the Pacific NW United States. I am no expert by any means. We did two tours: the Dos Aguacates Enduro Tour Antigua (day trip) and the Lake Atitlan Enduro Tour (two days, takes you from Antigua to Lake Atitlan). I was a little worried going into it knowing that I am not an expert, but in the end I was immensely happy with my experience. There is plenty of expert terrain but with help and advice from MTB Guatemala and my fellow riders, I was able to overcome any apprehension I had and fully send it. The majority of the terrain is unlike anything I had ridden before. The Antigua Enduro was a blast. It was a lot of riding in somewhat loose volcanic sand (in the dry season), so it made for some really fun descents. You will learn to skid turn, for sure. Coming from Montana I was not used to the loose sandy terrain but I had it down pretty well by the end of the day. I am not the fastest climber so I was relieved that the expert riders on the tour waited up for me on the climbs, and they never made me feel uncomfortable or embarrassed whatsoever. The shuttle support was a game changer and allowed us to reach really high places without having to ride up thousands of feet. At the end of the day we had lunch at a small local spot where we experienced delicious Guatemalan cuisine unique to the village and the surrounding area. I really loved the Lake Atitlan Enduro. In the grand scheme of our trip my brother and I were headed to Lake Atitlan after Antigua, so we used this ride as our means of getting there. Typically you'd ride to the lake, have lunch at the overlook, descend down to it, stay in a hotel (included in the tour), wake up the next day and shred more around the lake, then ride back in the shuttle to Antigua. What we did instead was send our luggage with the shuttle and continued our journey from the lake after the second day's ride. It made for a really cool and tremendously satisfying way to get there. The views on the Lake Atitlan tour are insane. Descending from the top of the mountain overlooking the lake into the village below and then to the waterfront was an unforgettable experience. The tour also comes with another delicious local Guatemalan breakfast on day 2 and a midday lunch (on both days). Brendan and his team's deep passion for the culture and inspirational vision for MTB Guatemala was very obvious from the moment we met them in the shop. They have been identifying, studying and developing these routes for several years and it was really cool to see what they have done. They are building something really fantastic and I can't wait to go back and shred some more with them. Absolutely recommend to anyone and everyone. You will NOT be disappointed.

    thumb Chase Bjornson
    2/01/2019

    5 star review  MTB Guatemala is the shop in Antigua for a unique mountain bike adventure. Brendan and the squad have an impressive depth of knowledge when it comes to the abundant trails in Guatemala. Top that off with dialed-in logistics and authentic experiences in the many remote villages that you'd never otherwise see. Together these elements created the highlight of our trip to Guatemala! Thanks for the good times and one of the best days of my life!

    thumb Blake Bjornson
    1/28/2019

    5 star review  Brendan is really enthusiastic and loves riding, sightseeing and to empathize with people. The bike tour was just a unique experience, I got to feel the real Guatemala!

    thumb Daniel Rybnik
    1/19/2019

    5 star review  Amazing MTB experience! They have a lot of different detailed trails for beginners and experienced riders. Very good quality bikes. Also during the ride you get snacks and information about the mountains you are riding. Definitly recommending those guys!

    thumb Kevin Rupprecht
    1/07/2019

    5 star review  Highly recommend these guys! I came to Antigua as an avid cyclist looking for cycling adventures that reached above the usual tourist-geared bike tours--you know, the ones my mom loves that involve more wine than biking--and MTB Guatemala definitely delivered. My first ride, Brendan (yes, he's an American expat and speaks English and Spanish fluently) took me out to the coffee fields of Volcan de Agua, where I ripped around volcano farm single track on a hardtail. The trails were insanely fun, the farmers we met were friendly, and the views were stunning. The tour was accurately listed as intermediate. I had tons of cycling experience and little mountain biking experience, so I was able to get by for most of it. If you're a tourist walking in off the street with very little experience on a bike, do yourself a favor and choose a beginner route, or else you will be walking your bike down technical sections. If you're an experienced trail rider from Colorado, advanced will be advanced, and technical will indeed be technical. I was somewhere in between, and Brendan gave me a lot of pointers that allowed me to dramatically improve my MTB skills in just a few hours. I had such a good time on Agua that I hired Brendan for a 2-day Lake Atitlán tour from Tecpan to Panahatchel. I was at first hesitant about the price, but by the end of it, I was surprised it was so cheap! I got more from that two day tour than I did from my 10-day stay in Antigua. It was a magical experience. He set me up with a high-end full suspension trail bike with a dropper post, 27.5 wheels and 150mm of travel. After beating on that thing for two days, I'm not sure how he made any money off me. The climbs were challenging, the downhills were a good mix of technical and fun, the villages were remote, and the views were surreal. Everything about that tour was surreal and provided me with a lot of insight into Guatemala and where it's at in its history. It left my first-world brain buzzing for the next couple of days. I'm also a much more skilled and confident mountain biker as a result. Can't say enough good things! Money well spent! Best of luck to you, Brendan!

    thumb Colin Marx
    1/03/2019

    5 star review  Absolutely superb. The guide listened to my needs and tailored a trail for my skill and fitness levels. If I had more time in Antigua I would definitely book one of the other trails. Highly recommend.

    thumb Jonathan Hughes
    12/04/2018

Trip Advisor Reviews

      I brought my two children (ages 11 and 13) and my father on a seven day custom tour with MTB Guatemala. We did several of the standard rides, but also... read more

    mel4593
    12/17/2019

      If you wanna see Guatemala out of tourist route..this is the best way!!
    Look for Alex and Neftjin...the best guides in the world!!
    Amazing tour!! They made everything simple,... read more

    DeniseRosseto
    2/18/2020

      Je suis arriver au Guatemala avec mon velo sans avoir rien planifier. J’ai alors contacter Mtb Guatemala qui ma aider et ma donne un excellent service. J’avais des besoins et... read more

    nrobitaille88
    3/05/2020

      Awesome!! We went on a 5 day Enduro tour. Somewhere north of 100 miles in total. Everything exceeded expectations. Brenden and his guides Alex and Nefta are very knowledgeable of... read more

    67jasonw
    2/23/2020

      If you wanna see Guatemala out of tourist route..this is the best way!!
    Look for Alex and Neftjin...the best guides in the world!!
    Amazing tour!! They made everything simple,... read more

    RBDenise2014
    2/18/2020

      During my 3 month stay in Guatemala ive been after some mountainbike tours, Ive read about its growing popularity and i was exicted to get down there and on some... read more

    RJH88ner
    1/29/2020

      So after procrastinating in the writing of a review, it is quite apropos that I find myself compelled to to do so now, on New Years eve when many look... read more

    CheHiggins
    12/31/2019

      This tour is absolutely first class.

    Brendan is a professional mountain biker that has carefully curated and mapped out the best MTB trails Antigua has to offer. The... read more

    532harveyy
    2/06/2020

      Our Peru Mtn bike trip was very well organized and a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The rides and scenery were a perfect level for our advanced riders (not always the case with... read more

    COMaryjane
    12/03/2019

      Having ridden with a couple of outfits, let me say without hesitation that if you want to go mountain biking in Guatemala, you definitely want to choose MBG. The bikes... read more

    A2878ZNcarll
    2/28/2020

      Brendan was super accommodating and patient with our group who were of varied interests and skill. He was constantly altering the itinerary to meet our needs. The guides,... read more

    NatureWanderer78
    3/16/2020

      An incredible experience in all regards - the mountain biking, the cultural exposure, the landscape, and the guides.
    We felt like we fit so much into 5 days and... read more

    88piperw
    3/03/2020

      Three days of pure enduro on the guatemalan highlands. Xela, Huehuetenango and Todos Santos. With the best enduro day of my life on saturday... 11 hours on the bike!! Starting... read more

    pabbeza
    12/15/2019

      Had an awesome and breathtaking experience riding a bike through Guatemala’s Cuchumatanes!!

    Exclusive and secret tracks!!

    Team was phenomenal...

    Billy M
    11/24/2019

      We did two days of riding, one to the kite festival (FESTIVAL DE BARRILETES GIGANTES) during day of the dead, and a second day of mountain biking (dos aquacates tour).... read more

    lillianlax
    11/25/2019

      This was a very well organized bicycle experience. Brendon tailored the trip to our experience level. We saw wonderful vistas, and rode through some of the small towns... read more

    HarryZS
    11/24/2019

      Brandon and his team put on a really amazing trip for us, customized for our skill and fitness level. Truly an amazing experience. We saw things that very few... read more

    dennismO6963EG
    1/28/2020

      Brendan’s team, guide, driver and bikes stuff are perfect. It was a real pleasur to run the pro rental bile to this country. Merci beaucoup. Francois V. Québec, Canada... read more

    QuebecNumber1
    2/16/2020

      What a great day I had with Brendan exploring the old Mayan trails in the hills about Antigua. We got way back into areas that don't see a lot of... read more

    Scott O
    2/26/2020

      I am an avid Road cyclist and Intermediate MTB rider with family ties in Guatemala. I found these guys through a country of Guatemala instagram page and their pictures stood... read more

    S3515HAmichaels
    2/06/2020

      Had a great day trip outing led by Marcos. We rode down scenic trails and roads I would never have found on my own. I'm petite (5'2") and was very... read more

    Wanderer615932
    1/25/2020

      Me and a friend decided to give it a try for the dos aguacates enduro tour. Despite we had no experience in mountainbiking, it was a tremendous day. Really nice... read more

    Goma151
    3/01/2020

      Excellent service from the guys at MTB Guatemala, the best trails for mountain biking and best views I have ever seen.Everything was organized from the very beginning. Great trip for... read more

    Ajmorel88
    11/24/2019

      The best MTB experience! The weekend was incredible starting with the staff and overall organization, complemented with an amazing scenery and exclusive trails. Definitely coming back for other trips with... read more

    ianpeterwgr
    11/24/2019

      Brendan did a great job on our tour. I really enjoyed riding through the varied microclimates and terrain all in one ride. Would definitely go again!

    DcB104
    3/17/2020

      My husband and I squeezed two days of biking during our (short) trip to Guatemala. We choose MTB Guatemala based on the amazing pictures, very detailed trails information on their... read more

    Rrramona101
    12/08/2019

      Do this! I had an Amazing experience:
    Got picked up at my hotel
    Drove to the base of the biking trails
    Had a tasty breakfast
    Climbed.....and kept climbing... read more

    shawn1970
    3/03/2020

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