GUATEMALA GRAVITY
Women's Mountain Bike Trip
with Amy Morrison

WOMEN-ONLY GRAVITY MTB SKILLS CAMP

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Mountain Bike in Guatemala With Amy Morrison on this 10 day / 9 night Women's Mountain Bike Trip focused on gravity MTB skills

Calling All MTB Ladies! Ready to level-up your MTB game and shred with the best? Join pro rider and MTB coach Amy Morrison for a women-only mountain bike adventure through the stunning Guatemala Highlands! Designed for intermediate to advanced riders, this 10 day/9 night women-only mountain bike trip is all about shredding Guatemala’s sickest singletrack and exploring Guatemala’s rich Mayan heritage while getting pro-level coaching to fine-tune your MTB skills. Whether you’re already a downhill or enduro girl, or an XC ripper wanting to explore gravity riding, this journey is for you. So join this tribe of rad women riders for the trip of a lifetime, where real culture meets epic riding. Ready to send it?

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Level up your gravity MTB skills with coaching from Pro Enduro racer Amy Morrison!

Experience all aspects of authentic Mayan culture -- food, art, history and more!

Bask in Guatemala's verdant volcanic landscape, and relax on the world-famous Lake Atitlán!

Shred Guatemala's best bike parks and technical downhill trails!

 ⚡️ 3 Days Bike Park & Jumps

⛰️  3 Days Tech Trails

🇬🇹  2 Cultural Days

✈️  2 Arrival/Departure Days

DATES & BOOKING

2024

March 30-April 8, 2024 (4 spots)

  • $2,495 per person, shared room
  • Deposit is $500. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
  • Book online to pay by debit/credit. Contact us to pay by Venmo or bank transfer.
  • Upgrade to your own room for $375.

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TRIP OVERVIEW

Price:

$2,995 $2,495 – $500 off!

Duration:

10 Days/9 Nights

Start/Finish:

Antigua, Guatemala

Style:

Shuttle/Downhill/Bike Park

Fitness:

Min Group Size:

3 Riders

Max Group Size:

10 Riders

Total Distance*: 

136 km / 83 Miles

Total Descent*

10,800m / 35,000ft

*Total on average. Actual distance my vary.

TRIP ITINERARY

Welcome to Guatemala!

Our Guatemala Gravity Women’s Mountain Bike Trip with Amy Morrison starts in Antigua, Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its cobblestone streets, colonial-style architecture, vibrant buildings, enchanting courtyards, churches, bustling markets, and lively cultural events, Antigua truly stands out as one of the gems of Latin America. And did we mention it’s surrounded by three volcanoes?

Upon arrival at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, our 2Wheel team will pick you up and transfer you to our Antigua hotel. After settling in, enjoy some free time to build your bike and relax before this evening’s Welcome Meeting (7pm).

If you arrive early, take some time to explore Antigua. The city is relatively small, and easy to explore on foot.

  • AccommodationHotel in Antigua
  • Meals Included:  None

Today we head to the Carmona Trails, a mountain bike park and coffee plantation just outside of Antigua, for our first day of mountain biking in Guatemala.

With over 50 km/30 mi of flowing, rolling, blow-your-mind purpose built single-track bliss, and Guatemala’s very own jump park, Carmona Trails is the only system of its kind here in Guatemala. 

We shuttle up the top of the Carmona Trail network (2,500 m/8,200 ft above sea level), then drop into the beginning of an unreal ride down.

After our first downhill ride/warmup, we will have lunch and then start our jump clinic, sending it through the afternoon until the sunset.

Tonight, enjoy free time to explore Antigua. Try some delicious Guatemalan cuisine at a local restaurant or shop at the local artisan markets. Don’t forget to keep an eye on Volcan de Fuego, as its frequent eruptions are visible from almost any part of the city!

  • Distance:  20 km / 12 miles
  • Max Elevation:  2,500 m / 8,200 ft
  • Ascent:  250 m / 800 ft
  • Descent:  1,700 m / 5,500 ft
  • Accommodation:  Hotel in Antigua
  • Meals Included:  B, L, Snacks

Today, we head back to the Carmona Trails for another day of riding and skill building, with the focus on jumping tables, hips, drops, and doubles.

We will also work on cornering and other fundamental bike handling skills. And just having a good time riding the epic trails at La Carmona!

In the late afternoon, we head back to Antigua for free time.

  • Distance:  20 km / 12 miles
  • Max Elevation:  2,500 m / 8,200 ft
  • Ascent:  250 m / 800 ft
  • Descent:  1,700 m / 5,500 ft
  • Accommodation:  Hotel in Antigua
  • Meals Included:  B, L, Snacks

The name of today’s ride, ‘La Infinita’, says it all — downhill tracks that seem to go on forever!

The La Infinita ride starts in a region known as ‘Alaska’, a plateau that acts as a geographical divide between the Lake Atitlan region and the surrounding western highlands. At an elevation of approximately 3,400 m/11,200 ft above sea level, breathtaking vistas unfold in every direction, revealing the magnificent Guatemalan Ring of Fire. The exhilarating descent covers a wicked fun mix of terrain, dropping nearly 2,300 m/7,500 ft, from Alaska down to Lake Atitlan.

Tonight we spent the first of two nights in San Juan La Laguna, a picturesque village situated on the western shore of Guatemala’s magical Lake Atitlan.

  • Distance20 km / 12 miles
  • Max Elevation:  3,400 m / 11,200 ft
  • Ascent:  270 m / 900 ft
  • Descent:  2,300 m / 7,500 ft
  • Accommodation:  Hotel in San Juan La Laguna
  • Meals Included:  B, L, D, Snacks

Today we enjoy a free day in San Juan La Laguna, at Lake Atitlán.

Known for its rich Mayan culture, traditional weaving and textile industry, eco-friendly practices, and stunning natural beauty, San Juan La Laguna is the perfect place to rest and recharge before the 2nd half of our trip.

And so many options for your free day!

Choose to adventure on Lake Atitlán adventure. Rent kayaks or paddle boards, or go swimming in a watering hole. Or go for a hike.

Immerse yourself in the local Mayan culture. Explore the charming village of San Juan La Laguna, visit the local artisans, or explore the art galleries.

Or just relax and enjoy the lakeside views.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in San Juan La Laguna
  • Meals Included: B, Snacks

Today we shuttle up to nearly 3,000 m/9,800 ft above sea level, high above Lake Atitlan, to experience one of Guatemala’s best MTB rides – Slickrock.

The Slickrock ride starts with a 5 km/3 mi climb on trail and Atitlan slickrock to an area known as ‘El Corazón de las Nubes’, a Mayan ceremonial site AND home to a unique mix of alpine grass, grazing sheep, and agave plants. Here we follow rocky, technical singletrack through pine forests while passing through small Mayan communities. Enjoy breathtaking views of the canyons and surrounding volcanoes.

After a picnic lunch and short shuttle, we continue our descent to Lake Atitlán, with a 1,000 m/3,500 ft downhill. At the end of the Slickrock ride, we may have the opportunity for another sweet drop only minutes from the trailhead.

Tonight, we spend the first of two nights in Panajachel, also known as “Pana”.  Located on the northeastern shore of Lake Atitlan, Pana is the main gateway for the lake, and has vibrant artisan markets and a lively nightlife scene. 

  • Distance*: 28 km / 17 miles
  • Max Elevation*: 3,000 m / 9,800 ft
  • Ascent*: 300 m / 1,000 ft
  • Descent*: 1,700 m / 5,500 ft
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Panajachel
  • Meals Included: B, L, Snacks

*total stats variable on number of shuttle drops

Today, we enjoy two amazing shuttle runs on the eastern rim of Lake Atitlan: La Santa Cat and the San Antonio Maya trail. These remarkable trails trace back centuries, serving as Mayan trade routes that united the prominent Atitlan villages with their eastern counterparts.

The La Santa Cat trail starts above Lake Atitlan, with scenic vistas and technical sections, and finishes with an unforgettable urban downhill through the lakeside village of Santa Catarina Palopo. Have the time of your life as you descend through a series of twisty, narrow staircases and alleys, with friendly local villagers looking on!

The San Antonia Maya trail is arguably the oldest of all the footpaths into the Atitlan basin. It is also one of the most technical trails of our trip, as centuries of foot traffic have worn steps into the rock, creating an almost Inca Trail-like feel, as you drop 400+ m/1,500 ft to the lake.

Tonight enjoy another night in Pana. 

  • Distance:  28 km / 17 miles
  • Max Elevation:  2,895 m / 9,500 ft
  • Ascent:  300 m / 1,000 ft
  • Descent:  1,700 m / 5,500 ft
  • Accommodation:  Hotel in Panajachel
  • Meals Included:  B, L, Snacks

Today we travel back to the beautiful town of Antigua where we started our journey.

Along the way, we make a stop at the Mayan ruins of Iximche, also known as the Tecpan Ruins. This remarkable ancient Mayan archaeological site holds great significance as one of the most important Pre-Columbian sites in the country. Here we enjoy a guided tour of the ruins’ plazas, temples and monuments.

After a delicious local lunch, we continue onto Antigua to spend the night.

  • Accommodation:  Hotel in Antigua
  • Meals Included:  B, L, Snacks

For our final day of riding in Guatemala, we head back to the infamous Carmona Trails for another day of epic biking. Dial in your jumping with some final coaching tips from Amy, and get stoked to bring your freshly-honed MTB skills back to your home trails and race runs.

Tonight, celebrate the trip during a farewell dinner with the whole crew!

  • Distance: 20 km /13 miles
  • Max Elevation: 2,500 m / 8,200 ft
  • Ascent: 250 m / 800 ft
  • Descent: 1,700 m / 5,500 ft
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Antigua
  • Meals Included: B, L, D, Snacks

Today we will look back on our incredible Guatemala Gravity Women’s MTB Trip, do some last minute shopping around Antigua, and get your bikes packed up and ready to go home. Our 2Wheel team will take you to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City and say goodbye until your next 2Wheel Epix Trip!

Meals Included:  B

Guatemala bike Map

PRICE BREAKDOWN

  • 9 nights accommodation in boutique hotels
  • 6 days of guided MTB rides in 4 different locations and 5 different biomes
  • 2 cultural days
  • 1 arrival day & 1 departure day
  • 1 professional, local, bilingual MTB Guides per 4 riders
  • MTB skill coaching from Amy Morrison
  • All transportation during trip
  • Airport arrival and departures transfers
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners, trail snacks
  • 1st beer on ride days, purified water
  • Entrance fees to bike parks and trails on ride days
  • Cultural activities noted in the itinerary, including entrance fee and guided tour of the Iximche Ruins
  • 24/7 support
  • Signature 2Wheel Epix Ride Jersey
  • Trip of a lifetime!
  • Airfare to/from the trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike and bike gear
  • Meals not listed as included
  • Guiding team tips (5%-15% of trip price/per person)
  • Optional activities
  • Anything not listed in Tour Inclusions

ABOUT AMY MORRISON

Michigan-native Amy Morrison, a former collegiate pole vaulter and lifelong athlete, discovered her passion for mountain biking ten years ago.

Her natural talent quickly propelled her to the top of the US Enduro racing scene, earning her numerous accolades as a gravity-racer, including following:  4-time USA Elite Enduro National Champion; 2-time TDS Enduro Champion; 6-time California Enduro Series Champion; numerous overall wins, podiums, and stage wins at Big Mountain Enduro, North American Enduro Cup, Race Cascadia, Northstar Downhill Race Series, Sea Otter Classic, and more; top American female racer in the Enduro World Series and UCI World Cup Enduro.

She is sponsored by Transition Bikes, Shimano, Fox, Wilderness Trail Bikes, EnduroBearings, Leatt, Sensus, Julie Young Training, Start Haus Bike Shop, and Topeak.

Amy currently resides in Northern Nevada and loves living on the desert side of Lake Tahoe. When Amy is not racing her mountain bike, she is a high school health science teacher and mountain bike coach and enjoyrs dirt biking, backcountry skiing, summer lake days, and adventures with her dog Maya. Follow Amy on Instagram for all her adventures!

IS THIS TRIP RIGHT FOR YOU?

This trip is for you if…

✅  You are an Immediate+ to Advanced female rider looking to level up your mountain bike gravity skills while on the MTB trip of a lifetime!

✅  You enjoy riding with other women in an inclusive and supportive environment.

✅  You enjoy getting off-the-beaten track, meeting friendly locals, and adventures in exotic destinations.

✅  You want to experience all aspects of the Guatemalan culture — the food, the art, the people, the history, and of course the biking!

FAQS

Mountain biking in Guatemala is raw and unique. Few places in the world offer trails where ancient civilizations, huge stunning landscapes, rich cultural vibrancy and epic mountain biking intersect. 

Active volcanoes. Rugged mountains. Lush cloud forests. High alpine grasslands. Pristine lakes. Verdant agricultural lands. Traditional Mayan villages. Gorgeous colonial architecture. Historic ruins…..Guatemala has it all, and then some!

Many of Guatemala’s trails are ancient Mayan footpaths that are still used by locals today. Technically challenging, ever changing and unpolished, Guatemala’s singletrack and trails have varied terrain, from flowy sections to steep, long ridges, and an abundance of  technical features, like chunky rock gardens, roots, ruts, drops, jumps, tight switchbacks, steep descents, and more. You’ll also encounter lots of friendly locals that use these trails to travel between farms and villages.

And thanks to its towering volcanoes and steep mountainous terrain, Guatemala is a downhill mountain biker’s playground, with massive and seemingly endless descents!

Expect to use – and improve! – all your technical riding skills as we get off the beaten track and explore the Guatemalan backcountry.

The La Carmona Trails bike park outside Antigua is the only system of its kind here in Guatemala.

With 50 km/30 mi of flowing, rolling, purpose built single-track trails, professionally-built progressive jumplines (including small jumps perfect for learning!), a dual slalom course, and a pumptrack, La Carmona Trails it the perfect place to hone our air and fundamental skills before we hit Guatemala’s technical trails.

This Guatemala mountain bike women’s skills camp trip is designed for Intermediate  to Advanced level riders.

All levels will have their skills tested and endless opportunities to level up!

Not sure of your skill level? Asses yourself using our rating scale below.

If you Intermediate rider looking to push yourself outside of your comfort zone for some serious growth, please contact us to chat about whether or not this trip is a good fit for you. 

Intermediate 

  • Intermediate riders have been riding at least 2 years and are confident on their bike 
  • Own their own bike and ride 2-3 times a week 
  • Are beginning to ride longer, steeper trails and more obstacles 
  • Feel comfortable on singletrack trails
  • Ride at your own pace, do not tackle all obstacles, and do not do jumps or drops

Intermediate +

  • Intermediate + riders have been riding for 3+ years, are very confident on their bike 
  • Ride 3-5 times a week 
  • Are riding most obstacles (rock gardens, roots, steeper sections, small drops and jumps) 
  • Feel very comfortable on singletrack, and prefer singletrack
  • Enjoy both climbing and descending 
  • Are ready to take on new terrain and test their skills 

Advanced

  • Advanced riders live to mountain bike
  • Ride 4-6 days a week and live for epic singletrack trails
  • Feel comfortable on singletrack, freerides and any trail type
  • Are always looking for new jumps, freerides, rock gardens, steeps, and obstacles 
  • Dream of riding new and exotic terrain
  • Are comfortable with exposure

The total mileage and decent will vary, depending on the group and your personal choices. Each day in the itinerary section describes what to expect for that day. On average, you will ride the following:

Per Day Average

  • Total Mileage:  23 km / 14 mi
  • Total Ascent*:  270 m / 883 ft
  • Total Decent:   1,800m / 5,800 ft 

Trip Average

  • Total Mileage:  136 km / 83 mi
  • Total Ascent*:  1,620 m / 5,300 ft
  • Total Decent:   10,800m / 35,000 ft 

*Total ascent for climbing. Does not include shuttle elevation. We shuttle as much of the climbing as possible to maximize downhill!

This is a SHUTTLE-based trip, and we will drive as much of the climbing as possible to maximize our downhill time. 

Some trails will have small climbs to reach the downhill.

The women’s only gravity skills camp is focused on air and technical skills. The exact skills learned will depend on the group and individual needs, and may include the following:

  • Fundamentals:  body position, bike/body separation, braking, gearing, cadence, shifting, cornering, wheel lifts, pumping, roll downs, etc.
  • Air skills:  table jumps, gap jumps, hips jumps, step downs, doubles, drops, rollers
  • Advanced technical skills:  steep descents, off camber terrain, line choice, featuring

Most of the skill building will be at the La Carmona Trails Bike Park, as has great resources to practice fundamentals, cornering, and jumping — including beginner-friendly jumps! Here we will spend some time working on skills, then will hit the bike park trails to just ride and practice what we’ve learned.

For the trail riding days, the focus will be on just riding, with opportunities to session, looks at lines, etc. 

If you have particular skills you want to work on, just let Amy know! 

No worries! This trip is a great opportunity to learn jumping, as the La Carmona Trails Bike Park has a great beginner friendly jump line.

But if jumping is not your thing, the trails at the La Carmoma Bike Park are super fun to just ride and you can skip all the jumps!

Absolutely not!

This trip is for any women MTBer currently riding at the Intermediate to Advanced level that wants to improve their jumping and gravity skills in a fun, supportive and adventurous environment. 

A well-maintained trail or all-mountain/enduro bike with 140mm – 170mm of travel is ideal. 

Downhill bikes are not appropriate for this trip.

Bike rentals are not available for this trip.  Please bring your own bike, as you will be most comfortable on riding your own gear.

Flying with your bike the best way to get your bike to Guatemala.  Most airlines charge a fee, which varies by airline.

Pack your bike in a bike travel bag (check out Evoc, Thule, or Dakine) or a cardboard bicycle box (check with your LBS or order one from Bikeflights).

Our 2Wheel staff will help you build and repack your bike, if needed. 

 

Our team has spent years developing adventure tours in all regions of Guatemala. Because of our commitment to support the local economies where we develop and operate our tours, we feel confident taking our guests out into the Guatemalan backcountry. Your safety is our priority and we always keep that in mind when choosing destinations, accommodations, and activities. Antigua is a very safe town and with your typical traveler’s common sense you will feel very comfortable.

All the major international airlines have flights to Guatemala, with many direct flights from major USA and some European hubs.

To join this trip, you will fly into La Aurora Guatemala City airport (GUA). Our 2Wheel Epix team will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to Antigua, Guatemala (~1 hour drive) to start the tour.

Most visitors to Guatemala do not need a visa ahead of time, rather you will receive a 90-day tourist visa upon arrival at immigration control. Please be sure to check your personal requirements before traveling to be sure.

Please also ensure that you have six (6) months validity on your passport.

Food is part of the adventure and an insight into the local culture!

Antigua and the other towns we stay in have a great array of restaurants, serving both local and international cuisines. The restaurants we visit are considered safe and clean.

During ride days, we may have picnic lunches, prepared freshly by your guides.

Dietary requirements can be accommodated so long as we know ahead of time.

Drink untreated water from the tap in Guatemala is not recommended, and filtered drinking water will be provided. 

Guatemala has two main seasons throughout the year that are fairly predictable. This trip takes place during the dry season, which is mid-October to late April. You can expect blue skies and clear starry nights.

Temperatures will vary greatly depending on the various regions of Guatemala, and the elevation, but are comfortable year round.

In Antigua, the temperature typically varies from the low 50’s°F to low 80’s°F.

We stay in centrally-located and locally-owned hotels and guesthouses, full of charm, character and tradition. In many establishments, you will meet the owners and their family! 

Rooming is either twinshare (2 beds) or double (1 bed).

Solo travelers will be paired with another solo traveler, if available. If you would like your own guaranteed room, a single supplement is available for $375.

The local currency is the Quetzal (GTQ) [“KETT-SAHL”].

Obtaining local currency ahead of your trip is not necessary, as you can change money when you arrive or withdraw from a local ATM. US dollars are accepted as payment in most restaurants and shops in Antigua but not necessarily outside town.

In Antigua and other large towns, most businesses accept credit or debit cards, though cash is king.

Yes!  Travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad and evacuation, including repatriation, is required for this trip and must be provided in advance.

Mountain biking must also be a covered activity. Please check your policy carefully to ensure coverage.

We also strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance for cancellation, interruption, and lost luggage/personal effects to protect your investment and give you peace of mind in case of an unexpected cancellation.

You can choose any travel insurance provider. We suggest Travel Guard (must have the Adventure Sports upgrade to cover MTB) or World Nomads.

You may also want to consider purchasing bike insurance to cover your bike during your travels. Check out Velosurance.

The trip overlaps with the Easter holiday, and you will be in Antigua on the day of Easter. Which will be incredible, as Antigua is renowned for hosting one of the most spectacular Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations in the world!

Imagine cobblestone streets adorned with intricate, colorful alfombras (carpets) made of flowers and sawdust, as processions featuring beautifully adorned floats and passionate locals wind their way through the city. It’s a breathtaking fusion of faith, tradition, and artistry that creates an unforgettable cultural experience. Antigua’s charming colonial architecture, vibrant markets, and delicious cuisine will further enhance the experience, making Easter in Antigua a truly unique and enriching adventure!

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