Mountain Bike Trip Guatemala:
Mayan Ruins, Ancient Volcanoes and Century Old Descents

mountain bike trip guatemala

This Mountain Bike Trip Guatemala is raw, scenic, and has a uniqueness unlike any other place we’ve ridden. Ancient volcanic lakes, Mayan ruins, hand cut singletrack, dense history and cultural integration. There are very few places in the world where ancient civilizations, huge stunning landscapes, rich cultural vibrance and epic mountain biking all come together. This Mountain Bike Trip Guatemala is built to get our clients off the beaten path of what most mountain bikers ride, and discover the deepest most undiscovered corners of Guatemala.

MTB TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Discover the Ancient and Sacred city of Antigua, Voted the #1 City in Latin America in 2021.

Winde down thousand year old footpaths that end with cold beers at Mayan ruins!

Mountain bike, stand up paddle boarding, and bask in one of Meso America's most iconic Volcanoes, for days at the world famous Lake Atitlan.

Discover the immense culture of Meso-America on this mountain bike trip Guatemala.

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Price:

$2,295

Fitness:

Total Distance:

130 km / 80 miles

Total Descent:

10,500m / 35,000 ft

Trip Dates

!!DATES TBC!!
Custom dates available in certain months.
*There must be three people for this trip to run

TRIP ITINERARY

Clients will arrive in Quito and be picked up at the airport by our 2Wheel team and taken to their hotel where they will put their bikes together and prepare for their Ecuador Mountain bike vacation. *We recommend clients arrive at least a day early to adjust to the altitude and have full energy for the days to come.

Your Mountain Bike Trip Guatemala starts today! Our 2Wheel team will pick you up from the Airport and help you get accommodated in your hotel and then give you some time to relax before we have a brief orientation and welcome dinner (depending on arrival time).  Each rider will get a welcome packet upon arrival that will provide all the info they will need for their Guatemala Mountain Bike Trip. 

  • Distance: N/A
  • Max Elevation:  N/A
  • Ascent: N/A
  • Descent: N/A
  • Lodging: Hotel San Jorge
  • Food included: ???

Our first day in Guatemala will be spent at the El Zur mountain bike park, which is a private reserve with over 25 kms. of flowing, rolling, blow your mind purpose built single-track bliss. Need we say more? . . . This bike park resides on the Volcan de Agua, and is swath of handbuilt trails were brought to fruition by the mountain bike community of Antigua. The only trail of its kind here in Guatemala and the top of the trail network is at 2,500 mts (8,500 ft.), which we’ll climb via 4×4 shuttle and then drop into the beginning of an unreal ride. Today will provide guests with the opportunity to really get the feel for the Guatemalan dirt, air and riding style.

Guides will meet up with the group around 8am for intros, briefing, what to expect, itinerary talk and bike build help.  After breakfast we will do a short bike check out ride around the streets of Antigua. Assuming all is good we will load up and head to El Zur on the back side of Agua Volcano.  There is a big descent there as well as the opportunity to ride the jump line built by Gravity Logic of Whistler.  We’ll have a picnic lunch out at El Zur and head back to Antigua for a group dinner. 

  • Distance: 20 km /  12 miles 
  • Max Elevation: 2500m  / 7800ft
  • Ascent: 250 m / 800 ft 
  • Descent: 1700 m / 5,000 ft 
  • Lodging: Hotel San Jorge
  • Food included: B, L, Snacks
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Fitness: 6/10

Today’s ride starts with a shuttle up to a small village just beneath Acatenango volcano at 2,500 mts. Volcanoes dominate the view as we tightrope down the ridge back to the valley floor. Trails criss-cross the landscape as we pass through agricultural fields & villages. We’ll finish up the morning at a shrine to a local Mayan spiritual deity, Maximon. A short shuttle takes us to the top of the mountains overlooking the ruins of Iximche. A series of steep technical trail offers up the first glimpses of Lake Atitlan and the ravines and valleys between. Our last descent drops us just outside of the Iximche Ruins. We’ll take a guided tour of the site and then head off to the hotel for an earned rest.

Breakfast is at the hotel in Antigua and we will load up and shuttle about an hour above Antigua.  The first shuttle drop trails take us to the San Simon Chapel in San Andreas where the shuttle van and lunch are waiting.  After lunch and time at the chapel we will shuttle, just over an hour to our second drop spot on the ridges above Tecpan.  Arriving at the ruins of Iximche we will have cold beers and a quick once over guided tour of the ruins.  The hotel is about 3-4 kms from the ruins and can be ridden to or shuttled.

  • Distance: 42 km /  28 miles
  • Max Elevation: 3000m  / 9900ft
  • Ascent: 675 m / 2200 ft 
  • Descent: 1060m / 3200 ft 
  • Lodging: La Casa Xara, Tecpan 
  • Food included: B, L, Snacks
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Fitness: 5/10

The name says it all: “La Infinta” and the downhills does seem to go on forever. The ride starts up in a region locally referred to as Alaska. This plateau separates the Lake Atitlan region from the rest of the western highlands. Views abound up at ~3,400 mts with the entire Guatemalan Ring of Fire off to either side. The ride plummets nearly 2,300 mts on a wicked fun mix of terrainAfter our shuttle out from the bottom on the backside of the lake we will finish the epic day with one more 400 mts drop down to the lakeshore.

We’ll load up and shuttle about an 1.5 hours to the drop spot in Alaska; aka the highest point on the Central American portion of the Pan American highway.  We’ll have either an unsupported picnic on the way or sometimes we are able to set up a meal at the end of the ride. 

A big pick up truck shuttle about 45 mins gets back up to the ridge overlooking Lake Atitlan where we drop out on the last drop to the lake’s edge.  Arriving in San Juan we will take a motor boat taxi to our hotel.

*stats for la infinita drop only

  • Max Elevation:  3400m / 10000ft
  • Ascent: 300m / 1000ft
  • Descent: 2700m / 9000ft
  • Lodging: La Casa del Mundo, Jaibalito Lake Atitlan
  • Food included: B, L (Trail Lunch), D Snacks
  • Difficulty: 8/10
  • Fitness: 6/10

Lots of options here for this day.  There are kayaks and paddle boards available at the hotel for rent, there are hiking trails to neighboring towns, hammocks and plenty of lake swimming to be had.

  • Distance: N/A
  • Max Elevation: 2500m  / 7800ft
  • Ascent: N/A
  • Descent: N/A
  • Lodging: La Casa del Mundo, Jaibalito Lake Atitlan
  • Food included: B, D    

Our first shuttle takes us up high above the lake to nearly 3,000 mts give us views of the canyons and volcanoes around. We will climb 5 kms on trail and the Atitlan slickrock to an area known as ‘El Corazón de las Nubes’, a Mayan Ceremonial site. The ecology at this altitude in Guatemala is home to a unique mix of alpine grass, grazing sheep, and agave plants. We will follow rocky, technical singletrack through pine forests passing through small Mayan communities. After a picnic lunch and short shuttle we will continue our descent to Lake Atitlán in a 1,000 mtr DH.

We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and then load the bikes onto a lancha and head over to Panajachel where we will meet the van for the 45 mins. Shuttle up to the top of the ridges above the lake.  At the end of the Slickrock ride there is another sweet drop only minutes from the trailhead.         

  • Distance: 28 km /  17 miles 
  • Max Elevation: 2985m / 9500ft
  • Ascent 300m / 990ft
  • Descent 1700m / 5200ft  
  • Lodging: Hotel Regis, Panajachel Lake Atitlan
  • Food included: B, L
  • Difficulty: 10/10
  • Fitness: 5/10

*stats above is shuttle #1 only

Two amazing shuttle runs on the eastern rim of Lake Atitlan!  Both feature centuries old Mayan trade routes that once connected two of the major Atitlan villages with those of the eastern part of the country.  La Santa Cat as it is known because it finishes in the village of Santa Catarina Palopo contours above the lake before it plummets down an a twisty urban staircase to the lake.  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.  Centuries of foot traffic have worn steps into the rock creating an almost Inca trail feel as you drop 400+ meters to the lake.  

We’ll have breakfast and then load up the shuttle van for a set of two shuttles that access these rides.  Both between 30-45 minutes respectively.  We will have a local comedor lunch in Santa Catarina before heading back up for the second drop.  After the second drop we can take a quick dip and then load up for the 2.5 hour shuttle back to Antigua.  Bike teardown and packing.

  • Distance: 28km /17 miles
  • Max Elevation: 2985m / 9500ft
  • Ascent: 300m / 990ft
  • Descent: 1700m / 5200ft
  • Lodging: Hotel San Jorge, Antigua
  • Food included: B, L
  • Difficulty: 10/10
  • Fitness: 5/10
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IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU?

Do you dream of riding down active volcanoes on ancient Mayan trails? Do you like vast landscapes filled with lush canyons, massive mountains and endless beauty? If your answer is yes, then this intermediate to expert level Guatemala Enduro trip is perfect for you. This trip features shuttle rides of 3,000-7,000 foot downhills, Mayan ruins that date back over 700 years, ancient Mayan trade routes, farm fresh Guatemalan cuisine and the Guatemala Mountain Bike Trip of a lifetime! This trip also has a very strong cultural component due to the density of culture and cultural significance of the region. So assure that you are ready to immerse yourself in the gorgeous country of Guatemala. 

PRICE BREAKDOWN

  • 5 Days of guided epic single-track mountain biking
  • 8 nights of lodging
  • Airport shuttle and transportation in between cities
  • Breakfast, lunch everyday, 4/8 dinners, 1st beer and snacks on ride days.
  • Shuttle vehicles, drivers, guides and entrance fees into national parks for all ride days.
  • 24-hour attention and support
  • Professional, local, and bilingual guides on every ride day and for cultural activities.
  • Full guided tour of Mayan Ruin at lake Atitlán
  • Signature 2Wheels bike jersey.
  • The trip of a lifetime.

FULL TRIP DETAILS

  • 8-day trip, 5 days of riding.
  • 4 different riding locations 
  •  4 different accommodations (Traditional Hotel, Haciendas, Ranches)
  • Will ride over 80 miles and over 35,000 vertical feet of descent.
  • Experience all aspects of Guatemalan Culture, the food, the art, the people and of course the biking!
  • All meals included a mix of Gourmet restaurants to the homes of locals, but all very safe and delicious!

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