Land of Plenty | Big Mountain Bike Adventures

Land of Plenty

Mountain bike holiday in Guatemala

This riding adventure starts in the city of Antigua with its magnificent Spanish colonial relics, cobblestone streets, pastel facades surrounded by volcanoes and lush forests. Our warm-up ride is at ‘El Zur’, a private mountain bike park in the jungle with 25 km of machine-built flowing bliss. Then it’s time for some singletrack riding in the beautiful hills around the Antigua before we begin our ascent of Acatenango volcano with views of erupting Volcan de Fuego. The next leg is a two-day point-to-point ride through authentic communities to Lake Atitlán, one of the nicest places that you’ve ever seen where fishermen in rustic boats crisscross the lake’s aquamarine surface while indigenous women in multicoloured outfits do their washing by the banks while a volcano-studded horizon looms in the distance. The accommodation on this adventure is unparalleled; a renovated colonial mansion in the center of Antigua, an eco-friendly lodge and avocado farm with sweeping views, a high-alpine volcano camping night, an antique flour mill converted into a guest house and finally one of Guatemala’s most magical hotels on Lake Atitlán, accessed only by boat or on foot. We’re very excited about this new trip; the superb natural scenery, fun and varied singletrack riding and the fusion of Spanish and Indigenous cultures make Guatemala an excellent place to travel and ride.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Guatemala.

Arrive in Guatemala City and be greeted by our driver at the airport. Transfer to hotel, explore this historical city.

Day 2: Ride El Zur private bike park

This private mountain bike park boasts over 25 km of flowing, rolling, purpose built singletrack bliss; a perfect warm-up ride. Afternoon exploration of historical Antigua.

Day 3: Ride Antigua valley

Two shuttles today and some amazing riding in the indigenous Mayan towns and volcanoes surrounding Antigua. Then we roll into the Earth Lodge, a working avocado farm with amazing views, our home for the night.

Day 4: Ride to Antigua & ascend Volcan de Acatenango

After a relaxing morning we rip singletrack back to Antigua and then transfer to the base of Volcan de Acatenango for a 4x4 drive and 40-minute pedal to our campsite on the flanks of the volcano.

Day 5: Sunrise on the volcano & ride to Tecpan.

Optional hike & ride to the summit of Volcan de Acatenango to watch the sunrise. Then it’s a massive descent & traverse to our hotel nestled in a river valley seemingly totally off the grid.

Day 6: Ride Tecpan to Lake Atitlan.

A beautiful ride with some challenging sections on gravel roads and singletrack to the town of Panajachel where we catch a boat to our boat-accessed only hotel.

Day 7: Relax on the lake, transfer to Antigua & short ride.

Awake to a relaxing morning at our idylic hotel then late-morning boat transfer back to civilization. Transfer to Antigua with a short optional ride.

Day 8: Transfer to Guatemala City for flights home.

Transfer to Guatemala City to catch your departure flight. Bon voyage!

What our Guests Say:

"We're now in love with Guatemala and can't wait to return. Thanks for a super-great mountain bike adventure, we enjoyed every minute."

Mark B.

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Details

Dates: Feb 17-24, 2018

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Joining In: Guatemata City, Guatemala
Skill Level: 2 fitness, 2 technical
Type: All-Mountain
Land Cost: $2395 USD /person | Currency Conversion ?

Skill Levels

To make sure that you are well prepared for your trip, please read the following ability guidelines carefully. It is important that you speak with us prior to booking your trip. Call us Toll Free in North America: 1-866-894-0220 or drop us an email: info@ridebig.com.

Each trip’s ability level is the minimum level required for that trip.

Fitness

Level 2

Exercise 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes or more. Are comfortable with sustained output at athletic pace with occasional short anaerobic periods. Can ride 4-6 hours per day for 2-4 consecutive days and are comfortable pushing and hiking with the bike for sections.

Technical

Level 2

Have been mountain biking for at least one year, can climb and descend under control on moderately steep singletrack with loose rocks. Can ride with mild exposure at times. Would embrace more riding time and would consider taking a lesson to help prepare for the trip.

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