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Route of the Conquistadores – 2 week MTB Tour

  • Old Town Outfitters 5a Ave Sur #12C Antigua Guatemala (map)

Having run our first, pioneering mountain biking holiday in this wild and intriguing country almost 20 years ago, our Guatemalan cycling holidays continue to receive rave reviews. We begin this adventure in Antigua, once the capital of Guatemala and also the centre of Spanish Colonial administration for the whole of Central America and Mexico. Here, we start out with a short, introductory ride on the slopes of Volcan de Agua, climbing 500 metres on a forest track and descending on a technical singletrack trail overlooking the city.

Over the next 2 days, a mix of dirt road biking and singletrack takes us to Lake Atitlan, surely a contender for the most beautiful lake in the world, with its towering volcanoes, azure water and Mayan inhabitants. This is a full-on mountain bike holiday aimed at regular mountain bikers with a taste for the undiscovered. The first half of the holiday will cover a lot of singletrack that has thus far been biked only by the locals and our groups. The second half of the trip will be more of a cycling journey, following dirt tracks into the remote region of the Cuchumatanes Mountains. Here, we embark on some real ‘backcountry' biking beneath 3600 metre peaks and gain a rare insight into the way of life of the local Indian people, as we cycle through their villages and visit their markets. Although we have operated this trip for several years, Guatemala's infrastructure is changing rapidly and some of the dirt roads that we used to include have now been paved. To ensure that this trip stays true to character, and to remain off-road as much as we can, we continually modify this trip and seek out new and challenging trails. We may even need to make minor changes during the course of a trip to keep it real. Overall, this is a spectacular and quite unique cycling trip. Guatemala is probably the wildest country in Central America - but also the friendliest.