Antigua

Our base of Operations in this 16th century Spanish capital.
Elevation: 1533m (5030ft.)
Highest Point: 3,760m (12,336ft)
Average Temperature:

12°C - 26°C
53°F to 78°F

Elevation: 1533m (5030ft.)
Highest Point: 3,760m (12,336ft)
Average Temperature:

12°C - 26°C
53°F to 78°F

Situated below three enormous volcanoes and rich in history and culture La Antigua Guatemala is our center of operation. Steeped in a valley of coffee fincas and pine forests the riding here almost certainly involves a bit of climbing but the singletrack, breathtaking views of  Volcán Fuego, and visiting some of the best restaurants in the country at the end of the day makes it all worthwhile.

Highlights

Amazing culture and history - metropolitan nightlife

Trailside views of 3 gigantic volcanoes

Terrain for all MTB abilities - enormous variety

Highlights

Amazing culture and history - metropolitan nightlife

Trailside views of 3 gigantic volcanoes

Terrain for all MTB abilities - enormous variety

Dry Season

Jan-March

Dry

Jan-March

Wet Season

May-Sept

Wet

May-Sept

Warmest Month

May

High:

27°C / 80°F

May

High:

27°C / 80°F

Coolest Month:

January

Low:

7° C / 45°F

January

Low:

7° C / 45°F

Antigua is located a valley of valleys. To the west of the city rise 7 distinct valleys and cerros (named by the closest towns):

Jocotenango, El Hato, Milpas Atas, Santa Ana, San Cristobal, San Juan de Obispo, and Santa Maria De Jesus.

The topography within 2 miles of Antigua Guatemala contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 477 vertical meters (1,565ft)

Within 10 miles the topography has very significant variations in elevation of

2,642m (8,668 feet).

Within 50 miles the topography has extreme variations in elevation

3979m (13,054 feet).

As with most of Guatemala the Mountain biking in Antigua Depends on the season. 

Dry months (Jan-March): Loose, dusty

Wet months (May-Sept): Muddy, wash outs, ruts and ravines.

Prime season (Oct-Jan): occasional rains = tacky, moist fun!

The riding in Antigua is characterized by Volcanic Soil – which is loose, fine and fast. On the flanks of Volcán de Augua and Acatenano you will find very little rocks.

The mountains above Parramos and San Antonio Augas Calientes as well as Cerro Cucuruchu feature old growth forests with enormous trees roots and rocks.

Mountain bike trails in the Antigua Valley follow agricultural paths which are also traveled by horses and local farmers *always show respect and give right of way to the workers!

Many trails traverse private coffee and avacado plantations – you will need to get permission from the fincas before passing on their land.

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History

Destiny wanted that this territory be located at the middle of the Volcanic Mountains, looking toward the Pacific Ocean. For this reason, it is exposed to the winds coming from the Pacific, but without too much humidity.

Due to the fact that Antigua Guatemala used to be Guatemala’s main city for many years, it still keeps many traditions from the colonial time.
During Holy Week thousands and thousands of people, natives and tourists, come to Antigua Guatemala to observe the beautiful processions which during the entire week go out through Antigua’s roads carried out by hundreds of men and women, and at the same time can enjoy the marvelous colorful dust-wood carpets specially made for the processions to come on the streets. These processions are considered one of the most beautiful processions of the world.

Important Dates:

July 25th - Annual Fair (Antigua), December 8th - Anual Fair (Ciudad Vieja)
Holy week Processions (sometime between march 25th - April 23rd)
Festival de barriletes gigantes (Giant Kites) Nov. 1 - 2nd

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