2 Day Lake Atitlán Cross Country Mountain Bike Tour (Medium)
One day at Guatemala’s most beautiful lake is simply not enough! MTB Guatemala has put together this 2 day Lake Atitlán Cross Country trip. This itinerary has some great mountain biking, and be prepared to be amazed by the views and local culture as well!
Lake Atitlán is one of the best places to mountain bike in Guatemala – its enormous topography, perfect climate (55-75°F year round) and friendly local culture make it a highlight for many travelers. Around the lake there are hundreds of singletrack paths where we’ll explore connecting terraced onion fields, agricultural byways and ancient Mayan trading routes.
Ride some of the best singletrack in Guatemala
See one of the world’s most beautiful lakes from the saddle of your bike.
Visit the towns of Panajachel, San Antonio and Santa Catarina Palopó
Today is all about connecting sights and vising some of the magic villages at Lake Atitlán. This tour begins high above the lake. You will follow a serene paved road along the eastern crater of Atitlán, where amazing vistas abound. We will dip down into farmland following agricultural jeep and singletrack through plantations of avocado, coffee and fruit trees.
Our lunch will be at a cliff-top restaurant in Agua Escondida with a unique view of the lake and its three volcanoes. In the afternoon we will take a steep 4×4 road down to the shore to the town of San Antonio Palopó, 800m below. In San Antonio we will visit a weaving cooperative before continuing on the rolling terrain on the shore of the lake. Next, we’ll pass through the town of Santa Catarina Palopó famous for its textile markets and brightly painted buildings.
The last climb to Panajachel will end with a rewarding ride along the beach of Lake Atitlán. Finishing on the docks, we’ll enjoy a cool beverage, finishing on the docks we’ll enjoy a cool beverage, catch the sunset from the market street Calle Sentender – and check into our hotel located just a few blocks away for the night.
Today we will go deep into the indigenous communities above the lake. You will see rural life at its purest as we pedal along beautiful dirt roads and highland jeeptrack through sheep meadows and pine forests.
After a shuttle to the rim of the caldera of Lake Atitlán, we climb 3mi to an alpine plateau at 1800m (9200ft) El Corazón de Las Nubes (the heart of the clouds) – a Mayan ceremonial site. We will follow old logging roads with unmatched views of the lake and its environs. Canyons and volcanoes abound.
This tour makes a great jump off for a stay at Lake Atitán. If you would like to extend the tour with another day of riding or to stay beyond your tour just let us know – we wold be happy help you coordinate your accommodation.
Bike maintenance support and access to our tool kit
Gratuities for guides and drivers
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to carry all my stuff with me for the whole trip?
Nearly all of our trips are accompanied by support vehicle and professional driver who will meet with us at checkpoints throughout the day. The support vehicle will carry supplies / spare parts and water. If you would like to leave anything in the vehicle such as extra layers rain gear camera etc. you are more than welcome. All our vehicles maintain GPS location and radio communication with our guides.
Where will my bike be kept overnight?
All of the hotels that we partner have a storage area where we will secure the bikes overnight. If you are especially attached to your rental bike you can bring it into your hotel room at night.
Are food/snacks provided?
On our day tours we supply light snacks such as energy bars and fruit and water. Multi-day tours include breakfast and lunch. Dinners are on your own. If you would like a recommendation for a place to eat or would like to dine as a group we can make that happen!
Will my dietary restrictions be accommodated for?
All of our snacks / picnic lunches include a vegetarian option. If you have any other dietary restrictions please let us know when you are booking your tour.