Guatemala: Cycling - Mountain Biking
Land of Eternal Spring
Cycling holidays are becoming ever more popular in Guatemala. Independent travellers can rent bicycles from towns such as Panajachel, Antigua (Guatemala) and Flores. There are also increasing numbers of organised cycle tours available in Guatemala, which are perhaps a safer, but more expensive option than cycling alone or with another person. Such organised bike tours in Guatemala include mountain biking through the highlands and deep jungle biking. A typical 8 day combined tour in Guatemala involving cycling and hiking would cost up to £1,400.
Guatemala's highlands are a wonderful terrain for mountain biking with their unspoilt countryside, views of volcanic landscapes and exotic flora and fauna at every corner. Many tours in Guatemala combine cycling with other activities, such as hiking, kayaking, or visiting archaeological sites. Long-distance cycle riding in Guatemala can be hazardous, as the rules of the road in Guatemala are rarely adhered to strictly and most local drivers are not used to seeing cyclists. For the independent tourist, as a general guide, hiring a bike in Guatemala will cost between £3.50 and £4.50 per day.