Have you ever wanted to see the grandeur of Guatemala’s coffee growing hills and the lofty volcanoes of the Antigua Valley, maybe visit a Spanish, colonial-era convent or visit an indigenous textile village? From the vantage point of a mountain bike, ride the jeep track, dirt paths and singletrack that crisscross Guatemala’s countryside and explore all of these venues. Some call Guatemala a mountain biking heaven.
Take a tour through the Lost Cities of the Almolonga Valley, west of Antigua and home of the second capital, Ciudad Vieja. See the ruins of an ancient city that was buried in a mudslide provoked by the Volcan de Agua.
Mountain bike from Antigua proper to the most respected coffee finca in the area. There you can ride amongst the shade-grown coffee plants on a web of trails that make their way through the plantation. After the ride, cyclists can sample different coffees and see aspects of the production process.
Try a ‘pedal and paddle’ tour near the famous Lago Atitlan, where fabulous singletrack riding is combined with open water sea kayaking on the volcanic lake itself. This can be done as a one or two day adventure.
Hundreds of miles of trails exist in the varied terrain and magnificent landscapes of this culturally and economically important Central American country.