Expedition Baja Verapaz Semana Santa 2023

Each year for the Guatemala Holy week of Semana Santa week we try to do something new and special focusing on new region of the country by bike! This year we will be visiting the desert of Guatemala, Baja Verapaz for Seven days of shuttle supported riding, luxury camping and exploration.

Confirmed Departure April 1-7, 2023

Part of makes Guatemala unique is the convergence of 3 tectonic plates with several major fault lines from that run NW to SE. Mountains raise to 3000m and drop down to 500m along the Motagua and Polochic faults. The area mountains capture the rain and leave shadows in the valleys. 

The dry corridor is not only home to big terrain – there is also incredible culture and a great way to get off the map and experience the frontier of Mountain Biking in Guatemala. 

 Cubulco Baja Verapaz, Guatemala
 CA-5 Baja Verapaz, Guatemala

About Baja Verapaz

This region is spectacular, an enourmous valley with towering 2500m mountains around, ancient trails and a mixture of cowboy and indigenous Mayan culture.

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Expedition Baja Verapaz 2023 – Full Itinerary
Dia 1
Apr 1 (Sat)
Tecpan – Rio MotaguaGlampingB,D
Día 2
Apr 2 (Sun)
Quiché -> JoyabajPosada de Don Guillermo JoyabajB, Picnic
Diá 3
Apr 3 (Mon)
Pachalum – Mixco ViejoGlamping PachalumB,D
Diá 4
Apr 4 (Tue)
Pachalum -> Culbulco -> Rio ChixoyHostal Don Armando
Día 5
Apr 5 (Wed)
Culbulco – RabinalHostal Don Armando
B, Picnic
Día 6
Apr 6 (Thu)
Rabinal – SalamaHacienda Ecologico Rio EscondidoB
Diá 7
Apr 7 (Fri)
La cathedral / AntonasHotel Tzalam Ha SalamaB, Picnic
Día 8
Apr 8 (Sat)
Full Price

All-Inclusive Package

  • Meals
  • Unlimited Snacks
  • Select Accommodation
  • Double Occupancy
  • Bike Cleaning
  • Tool Access
Glamping Tent Setup MTB Guatemala
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  • Most Meals
  • Accommodations
  • 1:4 Staff
  • Private shuttle and driver
  • Bi-Lingual Mountain Bike Guides with international certification
  • Fruits & Snacks
  • Filtered water
  • Park Entrances
  • Vehicle and 4×4 Support
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Access to pro tool kit.
  • Picnic Lunches
  • First-aid kit, two way radio Communication, Satellite locator
  • Exclusive House / Cabin Rentals
  • Pre-departure info package
  • MTB G Swag
  • Daily Bike Cleaning


  • Bike Rental
  • Airfare


All of our multi-day trip include full shuttle support who follow us along the route with various reunion points throughout the day. The vehicles provide a base for your luggage, snacks and water and allow you to cut out sections of riding or take breaks if needed.


Daily Itinerary and route description

Accommodation: Glamping

We have rented an exclusive eco-park at the rivers edge in a valley of waterfalls with an olympic sized swimming pool. Each of our large 3x4m Glamping tents sleeps 4 people comfortably.

Our Glamping tents comes equipped with cots, sleeping bags, pillows and furniture. Each guest will have access to Bathrooms, showers and electrical connections to charge electronics.
Dinner will be family style camp dinner.

High above the town of Joyabaj is a swath of slickrock and a famous rock that overlooks the valley. We’ll climb up to the rock and folllow technical trails back to town!

Hotel: La Posada de Don Guillermo Joyabaj

One of the nicer hotels in the region, La Posada de Don Guillermo has a large pool, jacuzzi and full menu restaurant.

Our route today follows old roads and hidden cow trails that snake through the Río Motagua canyon. Our destination: the Mayan Ruins of Mixco Viejo, a 15th century fortress built atop a steep bluff.

Accommodation: Glamping Santa Cruz El Chol

We have rented a private eco-park with a large pool to setup our large Glamping tents for the night. Dinner will be a family style camp dinner. Each guest will have access to Bathrooms, showers and electrical connections to charge electronics.

This ancient trail follows the border between Rabinal and Culbulco and will be an exhilarating way to enter the grand valley that is our destination: Baja Verapaz! The trail snakes along a ridge flowing between mossy trees and old rock walls.

ACG Enduro Series 5  Baja Verapaz, Guatemala

Hotel: Hostal Don Armando Rabinal

Today we’ll settle into shuttle mode and explore several downhills in the Rabinal Valley.

Hotel: Hostal Don Armando Rabinal

Our second night in the same accommodations will give us a chance to relax.

Hotel: Hacienda Ecologico Rio Escondido

This cute mountaintop hotel features delightful cabins and a small fishing pond.

Descending from Hacienda Ecologico Rio Escondido we’ll follow exciting singletracks to an ancient aquaduct reaching the town of Salama below.

In the afternoon we’ll begin heading back to Guatemala City and if we have time we’ll do one last epic downhill that will take us back to the Río Motagua!

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Estimated Return Times:

6:00pm San Lucas, Sacatepequez

7:00pm Antigua Guatemala

9:00pm Tecpán Guatemala

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