Adventure Travel + Central America + Mountain Bike

VIDA Adventures is back! And this time we're headed to Guatemala for an incredible week of riding in an enchanting jungle full of adventure, cultural experiences and monkeys! We've partnered with Backshop Bikes to bring you an immersive week in exploring the lush and rugged terrain around Antigua, Guatemala. Grab your passport and join VIDA coaches and friends for an experience of a lifetime. 

 
Photo by Ian Fohrman

Photo by Ian Fohrman

I went in with zero expectations and was beyond amazed at the enriching outcome.

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Our trip will be limited to eight women, broken into two groups comprised of four riders and two guides (a VIDA coach plus a local, in-country guide). 

The riding appeals to the intermediate rider, though a beginner up for the challenge would have a blast. Dubbed the land of "eternal spring" this volcano formed landscape is a mountain biker's dream come true. Epic rides can be found in all directions. Lung busting climbs, technical descents, and fast rolling singletrack sections are all part of the experience. Since the 1990s, Antigua’s cobblestone paved streets have drawn mountain bikers from Guatemala and around the world to create a unique destination for cycling tourists. While in Antigua, Backshop clients are immersed in an environment inspired by culture, language, and history. We are confident you will have one of the most memorable mountain bike trips of your life.

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Riding and more 

Though you'll spend the majority of the day on the trail, there will be plenty of time to explore Antigua, it's culture, and it's food. Don't forget the coffee! 

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Questions? 

Cruise through the details below for trip dates, cost and a sample itinerary. Still need more info? Send an email to info@vidamtb.com. 

Session Dates: October 20-27, 2017

Cost: $2450 USD per person

Included in the VIDA Adventures + Vuelta de Antigua Package: 

  • All meals at the hotel

  • 7 nights’ accommodation

  • English-speaking, fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guides throughout the trip

  • All in-country transportation costs  

  • mountain bike assembly/disassembly

  • Back-up vehicles and luggage/ bike transfer (as required) for duration of your mountain bike trip

  • All group safety equipment

Not Included: 

  • Flights to and from Guatemala, including bicycle

  • Bike rental – *please inquire*

  • Travel insurance

  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages, including nightlife expenses

  • Personal safety and cycling equipment

  • Any other items not mentioned as included

Sample Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel to Antigua Guatemala

We will pick you up at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City and transfer you to Antigua. This drive takes approximately an hour.

Once in Antigua, we will check you into the hotel. Then you will have time to explore this world-renowned city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that first evening.

Day 2 - Antigua Warm Up Day

We’ll start the morning with a group breakfast and review the goals for the week ahead in Antigua. You’ll learn all about the local geography, culture and history. We will get you prepared on what to expect for this mountain bike adventure.

After breakfast, we’ll head over to the Backshop work space to build and tune bikes. Then we will go for an afternoon ride on some local trails.

Later we’ll enjoy a great meal at the hotel.

Distance cycled: 15 km - 9 miles

Day 3 - Shuttle Riding Day #1

The third day will be the first of two back to back days dedicated to shuttle riding. One group of riders will explore the hills outside Antigua, while the other heads for a day of volcano riding.

Later, we’ll stop for lunch and give clients a chance to relax, soak up the views, take some photos, or simply take a siesta.

Once back at the hotel we’ll have dinner and you can catch up on emails, or phone calls with family and friends.

Distance cycled: 20 km - 13 miles

Day 4 - Shuttle Riding Day #2

This will be the second day of shuttle riding, so you’ll ride what you didn’t ride the day before. Just because you’re being driven up the hill doesn’t mean you won’t be pedaling much. Both of these days will find clients riding highly technical and challenging terrain. Your skills will be put to the test.  

Once done for the day, we’ll head back down to our hotel for a another creative and nutritious meal. You’ll have the rest of evening to hang out in the city. We encourage clients to take the time to wander cobblestone streets of Antigua.

Distance cycled: 15 km - 9 miles

Day 5 - Start Lago Atitlan Excursion

This is our first of a two day mountain bike ride from Panajachel to Antigua. We’ll start the morning off with a two hour shuttle ride to Panajachel. The town lies along the shores of Lago Atitlan, considered one of the most beautiful lakes of the world. After riding the streets of Panajachel we’ll climb out of town and start the journey back to Antigua on some awesome terrain.  

Along the way you’ll experience riding a mix of coffee planter’s trails and technical singletrack. We’ll cross the Guatemalan highlands on old trade routes. These foot paths dot the mountainous countryside. Your guide will be there to answer questions and provide the cultural and historical significance of the region.

When we arrive at our accommodations for the night, we will have a delicious meal and swap stories from the day.

Distance cycled: 10 km - 6 miles

Day 6 - Lago Atitlan Crossing

Another long day of riding, but all the hard effort will be rewarded by continuing to ride some of the best singletrack of your life in Guatemala! Today we’ll mix things up, hop on a boat and visit one of the many towns on the shores of the lake.

We’ll arrive back in Antigua we’ll enjoy a late lunch and have the rest of the day to enjoy the city. You'll be staying once again at Casa Del Sol hotel.

Distance cycled: 15 km - 9 miles

Day 7 - Naciones Unidas Park Day

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to Amatitlan for a day of riding at Naciones Unidas National Park. It is one of the last nature reserves in metropolitan area of Guatemala City. Clients will have a number of options to ride, from the technical national downhill course, to the flow oriented cross-country, and the BMX like Four-Cross track.  

We’ll finish the day off with an asado at the park, where we’ll celebrate the week of riding with food and beverage. Later we’ll head back to Antigua for an evening of fun and reminiscing.

Distance cycled: 20 km - 13 miles

Day 8 - Travel Home

Well, this is the end of an awesome week of mountain biking in Guatemala. Depending on your travel itinerary, you can spend the day doing some last-minute souvenir shopping in Antigua before we take you to Guatemala City back for your return trip home.