Home to the Kaqchikel Maya and a strong Swiss-German influence Tecpán Guatemala is a mountain-top city with a layered history.

Located at 2200m (7,200ft) in the heart of the Guatemala highlands Tecpán is situated in  a pine-forested region. The area once served as the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya – who built the metropolis of Iximché (1300AD) atop steep cliffs.  It is said that the country’s name originated here, from the K’iche’ word Quauhtemallan or “place of many trees”

The Mayan Ruinas of Iximché With the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán behind.  , Guatemala
The Mayan Ruinas of Iximché With the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán behind.

Mountain Biking in Tecpán Guatemala

The mountain biking in Tecpán Guatemala is characterized by high altitude, cool pine forests – pine needle singletrack and impressive views of the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán.  With hundreds of mountain bike trails and tons of climbing it’s no wonder Guatemalan national cross country champion Jhonnathan DeLeon grew up training here.

The highlands of Guatemala look a lot more like Europe at times - riders pass through a beautiful forested #finca near Tecpán. ?? Carretera Panamericana Interamericana Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Tecpán has a strong German / Swiss influence which you can see in the many log cabins and chalet restaurants. The weather here is cool to cold and many of the older houses have fireplaces – this is not your typical Guatemala!

Cerro Tecpán

Rising to 3300m (10,800ft) Cerro Tecpán’s pine-forested slopes are home to hundreds of trails – interconnecting woodlots and fincas. Guatemala’s first highway CA-1 once passed through here following the ridge of the mountain. CA-1 has long been abandoned but provides a fantastic backbone for a trail system that is utilized by horse and bike travel.


Below Tecpan lie the barrancos of Patzún, a sprawling web of spidery and steep eroded canyons. The riding here is high, dry and varied. Linking long descents you can connect to the lake with over 2000m (6500ft) of downhill.

2 Day Tecpán - Pana Tour. Lake Atitlán , Guatemala
2 Day Tecpán – Pana Tour.


Cumbre al Mar - El Paredón

Nearly 3000m (10,000ft) of descent from the chilly mountains of Tecpán to the surf town of El Paredón on the

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Attractions in Tecpán

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Before you go

Tecpán Bike Shops

Bici Sport Tecpán

DeLeon Cycles

The climate in Tecpán Guatemala is perfect for mountain biking and is characterized by cool mornings – at or near freezing warming to daytime highs of 16°C (65°F)


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