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The ancient Maya believed that the cosmos had three major planes: the Earth, the underworld beneath and the heavens above. On this Ride, you won't do much underworld exploring but you will discover heaven on Earth.

Guatemala mountain biking with Sacred Rides, as featured inJanuary 2017 Outside magazineIts name is Guatemalan singletrack and the countryside is riddled with hundreds of thrilling kilometres of it. The bright blue sunny skies will provide the heavens above and the volcanoes and mountains of Guatemala provide all the spectacular Earth you need to be transported to your own cosmic realm.

 

Mayan culture is still alive and well in Guatemala; on this trip you'll ride through traditional villages where life continues mostly unchanged from ancient Mayan times. Spend the morning kayaking along Lago de Atitlán, a spectacular blue lake ringed by traditional Mayan communities and volcanoes and experience a different pace and way of life that just might transport you to the heavens above...

 

Join us as we embark on days filled with epic mountain biking adventures, and evenings enjoyed in the comforts of award-winning and culturally rich, high-end accommodations.
 

 

Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System, to ensure this Ride is ranked at a level you are confident with.  

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This Ride is for you if you love exploring other cultures from the seat of your mountain bike. You are a technically strong, experienced mountain biker who rides advanced level trails regularly. You can handle climbs up to 900 metres in a day. Your singletrack skills are solid and you can handle rooty, rocky and narrow trails. You're open to new and exotic experiences, and don't mind getting out of your cultural comfort zone once in awhile. Kayaking and swimming in Lago de Atitlán is a picture-perfect way to spend a morning! Kicking back after a solid day on the bike at a luxury, colonial-style hotel is a dream come true!

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    ADVANCED 7/9

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $2,995 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    7/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $599 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    8 days
  • DATES

    Dec.-MarchSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Out there

    Level Out there

    • On our 'Out There' Rides, you'll experience unfamiliar situations such as foreign languages, foreign cultures/cultural experiences, remote areas, and other experiences that push you out of your comfort zone.
    • These Rides are great for adventurous types that are looking for something different. If you'd prefer something a little less exotic, try our 'Familiar' or 'Adventurous' Rides.

    Level Out there

    • On our 'Out There' Rides, you'll experience unfamiliar situations such as foreign languages, foreign cultures/cultural experiences, remote areas, and other experiences that push you out of your comfort zone.
    • These Rides are great for adventurous types that are looking for something different. If you'd prefer something a little less exotic, try our 'Familiar' or 'Adventurous' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit. 

 

Day 1: Arrive Guatemala City, welcome to Antigua!

Welcome to Antigua!

 

We'll meet at La Aurora International Airport  and transfer you to the beautiful colonial city of Antigua. The airport shuttle is included on Day 1 and we'll organize two to three shuttles based on everyone's arrival time.

 

We encourage you to unwind and settle into your Antigua home at Los Olivos Hotel, a boutique hotel in the heart of Antigua and close to the main plaza.  

 

For those arriving early, we encourage you to explore this historical 16th-century city, with cobblestone streets, vibrant architecture and citizens dressed in colourful Mayan clothing. 

 

If you arrive earlier in the day, there will be an optional shuttle ride to get your legs spinning. There will also be time this afternoon/evening to build your bike with the assistance of the guides. 

 

Tonight, we'll have a meet and greet dinner in one of the local restaurants, where we'll enjoy the local cuisine and review the exciting plan for the week ahead!
 

Day 2: el zur bike park & agua volcano

We'll meet at the hotel in the morning for a gourmet buffet breakfast. 

 

Then, we'll hop on the bikes and head up to the base of the Agua Volcano for our first taste of the local singletrack. At 3,760 m (12,340 ft) the volcano dominates the local landscape and towers above Antigua except when hidden by cloud cover. 

 

The local Kaqchikel people have always called the volcano 'Hunapú' meaning "place of flowers." The Agua Volcano is also home to a variety of amazing mountain bike trails. 

 

Around the backside of the volcano is a private mountain bike reserve called "El Zur Bike Park" which includes over 30kms of hand-built singletrack bliss! El Zur is the only of its kind in Guatemala, and we have exclusive access to it!

 

Thank the locals for these incredible trails!

 

We'll hop in 4x4's and shuttle up to the end of the road at 2,800 mt. A short climb pays off with nearly 20 km of flowy goodness.

 

Tunnels, berms and suspension bridges are all part of this epic ride. If there's enough left in the tank we can climb back up for another pass on the bottom third or head over and take a lap on the trail "G-line", a  3 km jump-line built by Gravity Logic (based in Whistler, B.C.) and inspired by the famous "A-Line" trail at the Whistler Bike Park.

 

Tonight, dinner is on your own and there are many amazing restaurants to choose from. Your guides can recommend a variety of excellent restaurants close to your hotel. Explore on your own, or join other Riders for dinner. 

 

We'll spend the night back at the Los Olivos Hotel. 

 

Day 3: IXIMCHE ENDURO

We’ll enjoy a gourmet buffet breakfast at the Los Olivos Hotel before packing up and heading off on our next adventure.

 

This morning we'll explore the Iximche Ruins. The old buildings were a Kaqchiquel Maya stronghold until the 1520's when it was abandoned as the Mayan population fled from the Spanish.

 

The ruins are located in what is now the small town of Tecpan, a cool, highland forested region and one of the first permanent Spanish settlement. 

 

Today's ride starts with a shuttle up to a small village just beneath the Acatenango Volcano at 2,500 m  (8,200 ft). Volcanoes dominate the view as we ride down the ridge back to the valley floor. Trails crisscross the landscape as we pass through agricultural fields & villages.

 

We'll finish up the morning at a shrine to a local Mayan spiritual diety, Maximon.

 

A short shuttle takes us to the top of the mountains overlooking the ruins of Iximche. A series of steep technical trail offers up the first glimpses of Lake Atitlán and the ravines and valleys in-between. Our last descent drops us just outside of the Iximche Ruins where we'll take a short guided tour of the site and then head off to the hotel for a well-earned rest.

 

Tonight, we'll have dinner near Tecpan and spend the night at Casa Xara - a historic flour mill turned into a cozy, comfortable boutique lodge. 

 

Day 4: mayan traverse

 

After a gourmet buffet breakfast at the hotel, we'll load up and head towards Panajachel. 

 

The vibrant colours of the market in Panajachel come alive as street vendors sell their traditional wares and artisan crafts. 

 

Our route follows the exodus of the Kaqchiquel to Lake Atitlán after the Spanish conquest. The area around LakeAtitlán is still alive with their culture and language. 

 

We will descend the infamous "Sendero de las vacas" named after encounters with cows ascending the deep, switchbacking trail that bikers had to climb up to let the herd pass! We'll break a sweat on a long, gradual climb, but it'll be worth it! At the top, we will get stunning views of the sapphire-blue Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes, it's one of the world's prettiest lakes.   

 

After a picnic lunch with an incredible view we'll descend the famous Santa Cat DH trail. It's famous for it's unique urban downhill through the town of Santa Catarina Palopó.

 

We'll have a quick ride over to Panajachel to check-in to the Hotel Regis. We'll enjoy the evening with cold beverages, delicious food and perhaps relax our muscles in the hot tub!

 

Day 5: ride & relax at lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán was formed by a volcanic eruption 84,000 years ago. Now filled with vibrant blue water and ringed by steep, verdant hills, it’s known for its Mayan villages and volcanoes with striking pointed cones and amazing riding!

 

We'll head towards the lake and shuttle high above the blue waters to nearly 3,000 m (9,800 ft) which will provide us with a panoramic view of the canyons and volcanoes around the lake. We'll climb 5 kms on the trail to an area known as "El Corazon de las Nubes" which is a Mayan ceremonial site.

 

The ecology at this altitude in Guatemala is home to a unique mix of alpine grass, grazing sheep, and agave plants.

 

We will follow rocky, technical singletrack through pine forests passing through small Mayan communities and wave hello to the locals. After a picnic lunch and short shuttle we will continue our descent to Lake Atitlán in a 1,000 m downhill trail - the most technical trail of the week.

Back in "Pana" as its locally known, we'll meet a water taxi that will take us to our cliff-side hotel (the magical La Casa del Mundo) in time for a swim and cold beer!

 

Day 6: kayaking and coffee at lake atitlan, plus los pinos downhill 

Today we'll take a much needed morning off and enjoy  Lake  Atitlán. Swing in a hammock, take a swim or paddle to a nearby village (Kayaks included).

 

After a relaxing morning, we'll head towards  Antigua and get dropped at the top of the ridge above Antigua.

 

A "hato" in Spanish is where shepherds take their animals to graze. The tiny village of El Hato above Antigua was, in the not so distant past, a remote village at the end of a dirt road with no power. It just so happens there's a lot of great trail riding there too!

 

From here, we'll ride the Antigua Downhill course. After a short climb, we'll ride a beautiful contour trail that winds its way through old-growth forests down to our mountain side hotel for the night.

 

We'll enjoy sunset beers and volcano views!

 

Day 7: one more time! "LA ULTIMA"

In Antigua culture, there is always one more or "la ultima". Whether it be a beer before closing time, or in our case, one last ride before its time to wash and pack up our two-wheeled machines.  

 

The last hurrah! One last great Antigua trail ride. Short and sweet but full of steps, contours and technical riding. Leaving El Hato, the trail contours down towards Antigua.

 

It's the perfect last piece of trail before you head home. Back at the shop, we'll wash the bikes and your guides will help pack your bikes for the trip back home.

 

There will be time for last-minute souvenir shopping before we celebrate an incredible week at one of Antigua's local restaurants with dinner and a few drinks at a famous local tequila bar!

 

We'll spend the night back at the Los Olivos Hotel in Antigua.

 

Day 8: Farewell and transfer to Guatemala airport

We have reached the last day of our amazing trip in Guatemala and it's time to say goodbye. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then High-five your new riding pals before heading back to the airport.

 

We’ll arrange for airport drop-off on Day 8 based on Riders individual flight times.

  • The smallest client to guide ratio in the industry (4:1), allowing you to ride at your preferred pace
  • 7 nights accommodations at boutique hotels and lodges
  • 1 night at Casa del Mundo, known as "Guatemala's most magical hotel”
  • 7 gourmet buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches, and all dinners (except Day 2)
  • 6 days of epic mountain biking on technical singletrack on ancient Mayan trails
  • Optional kayaking experience on Lake Atitlán (kayak included)
  • Visits to local farms, Mayan ruins & cultural attractions
  • All transportation during the trip, including airport pick-up on Day 1 and drop-off (based on your departure time)
  • Bike maintenance during your trip

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Brendan James
Originally from Vermont USA Brendan has been mountain biking and racing from a young age. For the last 5 years he has been working as a sponsored athlete and guide with expeditions in South and Central America. Since 2014 Brendan has called Guatemala home - enamored by it's diverse terrain,...[more] Any of the epic (2000m+ downhills to be found in Guatemala. Expansive views and changing ecosystems as you work your way down from the high grass plains of the altiplano above 3000m to the...[more]

Oseas Acietuna
One of our newest weapons in the arsenal, this young buck can do it all, and do it faster than about anyone else out there! Whether on the rock or on the trail he’ll show you how to get it done. Try to catch him on the trail… I dare ya![more] It would have to be the Slickrock trail of Lake Atitlan

Arnold Najera
Arnold returned to his native Guatemala after living in Israel, and has been working as a guide for us since. He sure knows how to ride a bike over anything, and is our star striker on the football pitch. The Cielo Grande epic

Matt Hartell
From the foothills of North Carolina, Matt moved to Antigua, Guatemala as a way to escape the cubicles of his previous US work life. He's been riding his bike on awesome Guatemalan singletrack since 1998 and hasn’t looked back since. The trails in my backyard in Antigua!
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Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
La Ruta de Maya Drone Footage
Santa Catarina Downhill (Feb 2015)
Early Morning in Atitlán Lake

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
2 4.5 hours 32 km 700 m 615 m 1700 m
3 3.5 hours 20 km 300 m 2000 m 2575 m
4 4.5 hours 32 km 745 m 1515 m 2500 m
5 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
6 5 hours 27 km 760 m 1835 m 2825 m
7 4.5 hours 20 km 960 m 950 m 1890 m
8 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
Totals 22 hours 131 km 3465 m 6915 m 2825 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$325.00 USD
Single Room Supplement$575.00 USD
Front-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$230.00 USD
1-hour post-ride massage$100.00 USD
Non-scheduled airport pickup$50.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 USD
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, December 28, 2019 Guatemala City airport, anytime Saturday, January 4, 2020 Guatemala City airport, anytime 2,995.00 599.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
2020
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, March 14, 2020 Guatemala City airport, anytime Saturday, March 21, 2020 Guatemala City airport, anytime 2,995.00 599.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
Saturday, November 14, 2020 Guatemala City airport, anytime Saturday, November 21, 2020 Guatemala City airport, anytime 2,995.00 599.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
2021
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, March 13, 2021 Guatemala City airport, anytime Saturday, March 20, 2021 Guatemala City airport, anytime 3,095.00 619.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
Saturday, November 13, 2021 Guatemala City airport, anytime Saturday, November 20, 2021 Guatemala City airport, anytime 3,095.00 619.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
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