Follow the route of the Kaqchikel Maya in our classic point to point Lake Atitlán mountain bike tour! This tour starts with a visit to the Mayan Ruins of Iximché, and finishes at the shores of Lake Atitlán. Experience a diversity climates and Mayan cultures in a single day from high-altitude pine forests, a labyrinth of dry canyons and small towns and finish at the shore of one oft he world’s most beautiful lakes!
There is no direct road to Lake from Tecpán – we will rely instead on an ancient network of Mayan footpaths dirt roads, and jeeptrack traversing a network of canyons. This is Mountain Bike Guatemala at its finest!
Reach Lake Atitlán via a remote and canyonous route
Today Begins with a visit to the ruins of Iximché where a local historian and guide will explain the history of the ruins from the postclassic Mayan period. We will descend from the ruins on the route of the Kaqchikel passing through remote Mayan communities on ancient agricultural infrastructure traversing canyons and ridges before dropping to the Rio Madre Vieja where we will enjoy a picnic lunch.
Agua Escondida, San Antonio Palopó, Panajachel
The second half of the day begins high above the lake traversing through a rich fertile region called “la cumbre” where amazing vistas abound. We will dip down into farmland following agricultural jeep and singletrack through plantations of avocado, coffee and fruit trees.
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’ll 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.
Santa Catarina Palopó, Guatemala (1625.0 m)
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.
Day 1: Tecpan-Pana
Breakfast in restaurant
Day 2: Atitlán Highlands
Breakfast in restaurant
4 Star Accommodation
Transportation including follow car and multiple shuttle uplifts