Ride through coffee fields overlooking volcanoes in Guatemala

8 Day Guatemala Mountain Bike Adventure

• Enjoy the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala
• Ride the exclusive downhill mountain bike trails at El Zur
• Ride the Lake Atitlan trails with big views and stay in Casa del Mundo
• Support and participate in Guatemala’s 1st ever all women’s community ride!

  • Day 1: Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to Antigua
  • Day 2: Ride at El Zur Mountain Bike Park
  • Day 3: Antigua Shuttle Enduro Runs
  • Day 4: Tecpan to Atitlan Backcountry Ride
  • Day 5: Ride or Relax at Atitlan & Visit Women's Weaving Co-op
  • Day 6: Transfer Back to Antigua- Local Coffee Farmer Experience
  • Day 7: Participate in Guatemala's First Ever Women's Travesia Community Ride
  • Day 8: Departure

Dates: December 1-8, 2019

Cost: $1495

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Cost includes all transport, accommodations, all breakfasts and lunches, farewell dinner, professional guides and support.

Does not include airfare, some dinners, souvenirs, travel insurance or rental bike.

Rental bikes are available for an additional cost, please inquire about renting a bike for the trip.


DAY 1: ARRIVE GUATEMALA CITY, TRANSFER TO ANTIGUA

Arriving in Guatemala City, you will be met as you exit customs by your driver who will be holding a sign with your name. The shuttle will drive you directly to your Antigua hotel. Transport is approximately 1 hour.

Depending on your arrival time, we can head out for an afternoon ride to get your legs warmed up. The Pillars of Heaven is one of our favorite local rides that heads to the eastern mountains above the Antigua valley. It’s not an all-day epic but worth its weight in gold. There are a number of ways to ride this ride and depending on how long and hard you want to ride we can suggest a route. The downhill section has some of the sweetest flow of any around and is guaranteed to leave you with an ear to ear grin!

You'll have the evening to rest up in the local hotel where there are plenty of restaurants and bars within an easy walk.

DAY 2: EL ZUR MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK - HAND BUILT BY LOCALS

You willl enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before heading off on our next adventure.

The El Zur mountain bike park is a private reserve sitting at 8500 feet with over 25 km’s of flowing, rolling, blow your mind purpose built singletrack bliss.

Need we say more?

The only of its kind in Guatemala, and we have exclusive access to it! Unless you are a landowner, you won't be dropping in on any of these private trails! We will have lunch for you on this tour.

In the afternoon you will return to Antigua and have free time to explore the town and enjoy the local scene.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: ANTIGUA SHUTTLE ENDURO RUNS

Today will showcase local trails in the Panchoy valley with big descents and even bigger volcano views!

After a quick shuttle ride out of Antigua to a nearby ridge, we’ll begin our first descent from Hobbitenango. This ride has big views back over the valley as the trail winds its way through a couple cool ravines and old growth forests and traverses above town. A fun rowdy descent flows its way all the way back down to the valley floor.

We’ll grab lunch in town and then gear up for another
shuttle run to our next trailhead. This ride starts with a few kms of climbing on horse trail which then turns to ridgeline trail with big views back to Antigua and the
valley’s 3 volcanoes. Dropping off the ridge the trail turns
to a steeper more technical section with lots of
switchbacks.

We’ll return back to Antigua where you’ll have the night free to enjoy town.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: TECPAN TO LAKE ATITLAN BACKCOUNTRY RIDE

We’ll shuttle out from Antigua to the Mayan ruins of Iximche near Tecpan to start today's ride. After a short tour of the ruins we’ll hop on the bikes and start getting after it.

This is a backcountry epic ride with a little bit of everything. A nice gradual dirt road climb out of Tecpan quickly turns to trail and winds its way through the pine clad mountains.

There are various technical trail drops as well as a couple tough steep climbs. The ride takes us through a backcountry Mayan settlement before dropping the famous “sendero de las vacas” or the trail of the cows (a steep chute-like descent).

There is a 4 km climb up to the viewpoint above Lake Atitlan where we have lunch and take in the views. After lunch we hit the famous Santa Cat trail that and drops on amazing contouring trail to the Santa Catarina village staircase run. We’ll finish off the day in Panajachel and you’ll have the night free to enjoy town.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: RIDE OR RELAX AT LAKE ATITLAN & VISIT WOMEN’S WEAVING CO-OP

Today we have two options for the group. For those that want to keep pedaling we have plenty more trails ready to go! If you prefer to stay back to relax on Lake Atitlan and visit a local women’s weaving co-op, that works too – no pressure either way.

We will all enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then the riding group will meet the shuttle to ride back up the mountain to Las Trampas. For those that decide to take a break from the bikes, the hotel has pool access which you can enjoy and then in the afternoon go for a visit to the weaving co-op and then finish up at Hotel Casa del Mundo.

We will arrive to the trailhead of Slickrock, a wicked point-to-point ride that will take us to a picnic lunch rest stop. This is one of our favorite rides out at Lake Atitlan! It is a technical beast but well worth the effort.

The trailhead starts at 2825 mts., about 1300 mts above lake level. We’ll start with a few kms of climbing on a mix of singletrack, jeep track and dirt road to the highspot at about 3000 mts. From there the trail starts to drop fast and steep to the upper madre vieja river valley. Working our way along the lush river valley bottom we get to our next long climb. This one is a rough jeep track climb up and out of the river valley to our awaiting support vehicle and lunch. After a delicious, healthy and fresh lunch we’ll hop back on the bikes and finish up the descent down into town on a stretch of tight steep trail that switch backs its way to the road just above Panajachel. This is a unique ride with lots of variation to keep you happy! Then we hop in a boat and transfer to our lakeside hotel which is accessed by boat only, Hotel Casa Del Mundo.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: TRANSFER BACK TO ANTIGUA – LOCAL COFFEE FARMER EXPERIENCE

We willl enjoy breakfast and a relaxing morning at Casa del Mundo with plenty of time for a swim or hammock time. Around 11AM, we’ll catch the boat back to Panjachel. From here will jump in the the private shuttle back to Antigua.

Once arriving to Antigua, we’ll meet up with a local farm from De La Gente coffee for an insider look into local production and a full tasting.

After a short hike up Volcán Agua to see the
coffee fields, we will be invited into the
farmer's house to learn about and utilize the
machinery used to process coffee. But the
best part of all comes at the end when you get to roast coffee in the traditional Guatemalan way, over the fire, and share a fresh cup of coffee with the farmer and their family.

We’ll finish up in Antigua for a farewell dinner and drinks to cap off a great week! Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: PARTICIPATE IN GUATEMALA’S 1ST ALL WOMEN’S COMMUNITY RIDE!

Today you will have the special opportunity to help support the female riding community of Guatmela by participating in the first ever all womens travesia (community ride). Travesias are part of the Guatemalan bicycle community throughout the country and help to build excitement about riding and experiencing new destinations. There are various travesias spread out around the country and now World Ride and Old Town Outfitter’s have teamed up to create a new ride to the Mixco Viejo Mayan ruins.

We expect to have lots of local female riders and they will be excited to ride with our international group of women riders. You should definitely take lots of pictures and share the MTB stoke with these ladies!

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

Breakfast is included in your hotel and then your departure shuttle to the airport will depend your flight time. We will leave Antigua approximately 3 hours prior to your depature to allow for travel and check-in.

Meals included: Breakfast