Hard
Difficulty
5/5
fitness
5/5
Technical
2 Days
Riding Time
50.2 km (31.19mi)
Distance
1,766m (5,794ft)
Ascent
1,766m (5,794ft)
Descent
3,250m (10,663ft)
Max Alt.

Description

The Travesía a los Cuchumatanes is one of Guatemala’s oldest mountain bike events. This massive group ride, organized by Huehue Mountain Bike Paradise attracts mountain bikers from across the country to ascend the majestic Cuchumatánes mountains (12,000ft) from the city of Huehuetenango.

Over 300 riders take over the streets of Huehuetenango for the 9th for the 9th edition of the Travesía de Los Cuchumatanes. Huehuetenango, Guatemala (1901.2 m)Photo By: Brendan James ©2018 MTBguatemala.com

A Legendary Guatemalan Travesía

This is an organized group ride – with all the fanfare of a race but without the clock! We will be running a private tour the next day to the magical valley of Todos Santos. The travesía begins in Huehuetenango – passing past the Mayan of ruins of Zaculeu. We will follow singletrack and dirt roads through steep canyons before beginning the 7 mile switchbacking ascent that climbs to the summit of the cuchumatanes at 10,500ft. A catered asado or BBQ is provided for those who reach the top by local restaurant Casa Brava Steak house.

Fields of wildflowers near 10,000ft – 9th edition of the Travesía de Los Cuchumatanes. Chiantla, Guatemala (2752.0 m)Photo By: Brendan James ©2018 MTBguatemala.com
For those unfamiliar the north of Guatemala is absolutely stunning with a unique dry climate with rolling hills along a unique alpine plateau with agave plants and limestone cliffs. Locals here heard sheep and brave sub-freezing temperatures at night. The timing of this travesía aligns with peak wildflower season in the mountains – with red Lancetilla, and bright Orange Tritoma (red hot pokers) and violot bushes of bleeding hearts – a sight not to be missed!
DEPARTUREFriday Nov. 27th 2020 7am

Antigua Guatemala

RETURNSunday November 29th 2020 – 10pm
INCLUDED
MealsAccommodations
Ground TransportationProfessional guide
Inscription for the travesía Shuttle support

Gallery

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Fri

11/22/2019 Transportation from Antigua

We will be organizing a group that will leave from Antigua Friday November 22th.

12:00pm : Leave Antigua
7:00pm – Arrive Huehuetenago

Hotel / Dinner : Casa Blanca, Huehuetenango

Casa Blanca Hotel – Huehuetenango, Guatemala ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hanging ferns and sculpted shrubs grace the attractive courtyard here, ringed by spacious, modern rooms with arched pine ceilings.

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Sat

11/23/2019 Travesía de Los Cuchumatánes

6:30am : Breakfast

8:00am : Event registration at Casa Brava

9:00am : Event start

This ride those in good physical condition for cycling (intermediate / expert) with a moderate amount of acclimatization.

The loop is approximately 50km and has a single climb that goes from 1,800m to 3,200m

Average time is approximately 8hrs.

Trucks are usually offered to collect riders that can not make the full ascent.

Food / beverages are offered at the summit for a small price (Usually a BBQ and coffee)

Riders enjoy a full gourmet Guatemalan buffet at the top (3200 m)

DistanceAscentDescentMax Altitude
50.2km 18.31mi1,766m 5,794ft1,766m 5,794ft3,250m 10,670ft
Sun

11/24/2019 - Ride to Todos Santos


DistanceAscentDescentMax Altitude
27.42 km719m 2,359 ft-1,322 m -4,337 ft3,520m 11,543ft

Casa Blanca, Huehuetenango

Casa Blanca Hotel – Huehuetenango, Guatemala ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hanging ferns and sculpted shrubs grace the attractive courtyard here, ringed by spacious, modern rooms with arched pine ceilings.

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