1. Antigua Guatemala: Half-Day Mountain Bike Tour with Guide
This ride begins with a shuttle from our shop in Antigua up to the trailhead at 8,300 feet (2,600 meters) on the alpine slopes of Volcán Acatenango. After a brief climb, we begin a singletrack descent that follows agricultural trails along a dramatic ridge with large views of the surrounding volcanoes. The trail drops 2,500 feet (760 meters) of pure downhill! The soft volcanic soil is fast and flowy with little rocks; however, there are some steep technical sections and creek crossings. At the base, we climb a 4x4 road through agricultural fields passing by the San Andres ruins, an earthquake-wrecked church from the 16th century. The climb follows a moderate grade until the final 656 feet (200 meters) of steep push. Don’t worry, the next descent is worth the effort! After passing through a lush forest you are rewarded with expansive views of 3 volcanoes and the Antigua valley as we descend down an ancient trail cut deeply into a ridge with large drops to either side. This final descent of 2,500 feet (760 meters) takes about 45 minutes to complete and is loaded with fun rocks, drops, switchbacks, and a half-pipe like aqueduct trail to finish the ride.