The start of an obsession with Guatemalan mountain biking. 

We welcome single person travelers on this trip and will do our best to group you with riders at a similar skill level. Our trips are limited to 8 spots. This allows us to keep our two riding groups limited to 6, including guides. During our two-day Atitlan excursion, we will ride as one group, but we’ll be running two groups of 4 for most of the week.

 

Price

$2,250.00

Sessions

Fall 2016
Session #1 Nov 11 to 18
Session #2 Nov 18 to 25

Session #3 Dec 2 to 9
Session #4 Dec 9 to 16

 

Spring 2017
Session #1 Apr 8 to 15
Session #2 Apr 15 to 22

Session #3 Apr 29 to May 6
Session #4 May 6 to 13

 

Included in Vuelta de Antigua Package:

  • All meals at the hotel

  • 7 nights’ accommodation

  • English-speaking, fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guides throughout the trip

  • All in-country transportation costs  

  • mountain bike assembly/disassembly

  • Back-up vehicles and luggage/ bike transfer (as required) for duration of your mountain bike trip

  • All group safety equipment

Price excludes:

  • Flights to and from Guatemala, including bicycle

  • Bike rental – *please inquire*

  • Travel insurance

  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages, including nightlife expenses

  • Personal safety and cycling equipment

  • Any other items not mentioned as included

Trip Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Travel to Antigua Guatemala

We will pick you up at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City and transfer you to Antigua. This drive takes approximately an hour.

Once in Antigua, we will check you into the hotel. Then you will have time to explore this world-renowned city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that first evening.

Day 2 - Antigua Warm Up Day

We’ll start the morning with a group breakfast and review the goals for the week ahead in Antigua. You’ll learn all about the local geography, culture and history. We will get you prepared on what to expect for this mountain bike adventure.

After breakfast, we’ll head over to the Backshop work space to build and tune bikes. Then we will go for an afternoon ride on some local trails.

Later we’ll enjoy a great meal at the hotel.

Distance cycled: 15 km - 9 miles

Day 3 - Shuttle Riding Day #1

The third day will be the first of two back to back days dedicated to shuttle riding. One group of riders will explore the hills outside Antigua, while the other heads for a day of volcano riding.

Later, we’ll stop for lunch and give clients a chance to relax, soak up the views, take some photos, or simply take a siesta.

Once back at the hotel we’ll have dinner and you can catch up on emails, or phone calls with family and friends.

Distance cycled: 20 km - 13 miles

Day 4 - Shuttle Riding Day #2

This will be the second day of shuttle riding, so you’ll ride what you didn’t ride the day before. Just because you’re being driven up the hill doesn’t mean you won’t be pedaling much. Both of these days will find clients riding highly technical and challenging terrain. Your skills will be put to the test.  

Once done for the day, we’ll head back down to our hotel for a another creative and nutritious meal. You’ll have the rest of evening to hang out in the city. We encourage clients to take the time to wander cobblestone streets of Antigua.

Distance cycled: 15 km - 9 miles

Day 5 - Start Lago Atitlan Excursion

This is our first of a two day mountain bike ride from Panajachel to Antigua. We’ll start the morning off with a two hour shuttle ride to Panajachel. The town lies along the shores of Lago Atitlan, considered one of the most beautiful lakes of the world. After riding the streets of Panajachel we’ll climb out of town and start the journey back to Antigua on some awesome terrain.  

Along the way you’ll experience riding a mix of coffee planter’s trails and technical singletrack. We’ll cross the Guatemalan highlands on old trade routes. These foot paths dot the mountainous countryside. Your guide will be there to answer questions and provide the cultural and historical significance of the region.

When we arrive at our accommodations for the night, we will have a delicious meal and swap stories from the day.

Distance cycled: 10 km - 6 miles

Day 6 - Lago Atitlan Crossing

Another long day of riding, but all the hard effort will be rewarded by continuing to ride some of the best singletrack of your life in Guatemala! Today we’ll mix things up, hop on a boat and visit one of the many towns on the shores of the lake.

We’ll arrive back in Antigua we’ll enjoy a late lunch and have the rest of the day to enjoy the city. You'll be staying once again at Casa Del Sol hotel.

Distance cycled: 15 km - 9 miles

Day 7 - Naciones Unidas Park Day

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to Amatitlan for a day of riding at Naciones Unidas National Park. It is one of the last nature reserves in metropolitan area of Guatemala City. Clients will have a number of options to ride, from the technical national downhill course, to the flow oriented cross-country, and the BMX like Four-Cross track.  

We’ll finish the day off with an asado at the park, where we’ll celebrate the week of riding with food and beverage. Later we’ll head back to Antigua for an evening of fun and reminiscing.

Distance cycled: 20 km - 13 miles

Day 8 - Travel Home

Well, this is the end of an awesome week of mountain biking in Guatemala. Depending on your travel itinerary, you can spend the day doing some last-minute souvenir shopping in Antigua before we take you to Guatemala City back for your return trip home.

 

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A Central American mountain bike adventure is waiting.

This trip is for traveling cyclists interested in riding epic trails, eating good food, and engaging in a unique cultural experience. Warning, you may learn a few new things along the way, including a foreign language.