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Cerro de Oro Volcano
Explore the raw beauty of Guatemala by mountain bike, kayak, and foot. Climb two volcanoes, explore magnificent Lake Atitlan, pedal through colorful villages, and stroll on the cobblestone streets of colonial Antigua. Escape for a perfect week away to reclaim your adventurous side and explore a country steeped in culture and beauty.
Guatemala is a mountain biker’s paradise. Our adventure begins in Antigua, the beautiful former capital and once the Spanish center of administration for the whole of Central America and Mexico. Here, we start out with a single-track ride high on the slopes of Volcán de Agua, which overlooks the city. Over the next 3 days, a mix of dirt road biking and single- track then takes us to Lake Atitlan, surely a contender for the most beautiful lake in the world, with its towering volcanoes and azure water.
This is a trip aimed at mountain bikers with a taste for the undiscovered. The first half of our trip will cover a lot of single-track that has thus far been biked only by the locals and Old Town. 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 frosty 3600-meter peaks and have a rare glimpse into the local Indian life, as we visit some of the country's finest fiestas and markets. 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. This is a spectacular and unique cycling trip. Guatemala is probably the wildest country in Central America - but also the friendliest.
This is an epic cross country ride, literally from the Antigua Valley to lake Atitlan. It can be done in 2 or 3 days depending on how much you want to stretch out the fun. The 2-day trip is a bit longer each day but overall more direct than the 3-day ride. We are able to take advantage of some extra single-track closer to Antigua on the day one of the three-day ride to stretch it out. It doesn't necessarily mean the 3-day ride is any easier, perhaps slightly shorter days.
However you decide to go, we head out from our hotel in Antigua, we make a loop up onto the ridges to the north of town, riding a mix of coffee planters trails and technical single-track. Both rides after day one pretty much follow the same track, old trade routes and foot paths that criss-cross the high plateaus. The ride drops through and climbs out of various ravines making its way across the mountainous topography towards Lake Atitlan. The final day has a larger paved climb up to the rim of the volcanic caldera of the lake. After lunch overlooking the lake, the ride drops in on some of Guates best trail down to Pana.
This overnight trip to Lake Atitlán gives you a great mix of activities without wearing you out on any one of them. Biking, kayaking and hiking in, around and through the Lake Atitlan area - you get to experience the lake through a variety of speeds, angles and perspectives. Whether you are cruising on the crest of the caldera ridge, paddling the azure-blue waters of Atitlan, or hiking lakeside – you’ll surely enjoy the fantastic views (and food!), and rest easy in one of the most beautiful hotels in all of Central America.
A shuttle will meet you at the airport with your name on a card in time for your arrival. You will meet the driver outside of customs as you exit the building. You will be transferred to your hotel in Antigua.
This is Guatemalan trekking at its best. The Mayan Highlands Trail is a 3-day trek following the ancient Mayan trade routes that once connected the Mayan civilizations of Lake Atitlan to those of Quetzaltenango. Much of this walk traverses above 3000 meters, providing phenomenal views of 15 different Guatemalan volcanoes. We will watch the sunset over Lake Atitlan, look out to the volcanoes on the Mexican Border, and enjoy our culturally rich hike from start to finish.
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