Travesía de Los Cuchumatánes


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

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
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!