Dancing With Mayan Fire – Biking the Best of Guatemalan Volcanoes

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We were standing atop Volcán Agua (8200’) after machete-ing (can we make this into a verb?) our way through a dense, jungle-laden road in an old beat up truck with four bikes in the back. The Guatemalan fog was thick and murky, like the coffee we had for breakfast. We didn’t have a clue what to expect, but we did have our humble Guatemalan local to reveal and unfold the journey ahead…

Biking through the fog atop a Guatemalan VolcanoA group of bike obsessed strangers from Whistler and Colorado got a last-minute opportunity with Backshop Bike Tours to explore the trails of Central America. Without questioning much, we quickly re-arranged life’s endlessly jammed calendar, packed up the bicis and met down south in Antigua, Guatemala.

Four happy bikers share a meal. Taking to the streets of Guatemala with Mountain Bikes

Antigua is a charming little town filled with cobblestone streets, brightly colored houses, genuinely warm people, towering volcanoes and rich Mayan foods. And most importantly for us, it has a vast amount of ill-kept and ruggedly fun trails, which Mayan shoes have been arduously patting down for thousands of years.Local smiles in Guatemala.
Like many of the local Mayan people, Guatemala’s trails exist in blissful solitude and don’t boast signs or assign titles. So when given the chance to discover these rare gems, simply count your blessings, strap on the Deuter and enjoy every moment of the ride!

Taking air in the cobbled streets of Guatemala. Biking with Brittany GreerTaking the sharp corners of a volcano on a mountain bike.

If all else fails, the mountain bike specific park, El Zur, on top of Volcán Agua is a guaranteed ride of a lifetime. The 20+ mile / 5600’ descent goes through varying terrains from dark, murky jungle to lush green expanses of exotic flora to flawlessly built jumps and drops.

The light for the leaves – Mountain biking in Guatemala.

Antigua, Guatemala is undoubtedly one of the world’s best mountain biking paradises, and dubbed the land of “eternal spring,” so when biking season fades in the US, there is no better place to go fuel the fire!

The local wildlife was curious just how comfortable a Deuter pack really is...

About Brittany Greer

Brittany Greer

A Colorado native, Brittany grew up wakeboarding, skiing and snowboarding. In 2009, after returning from a year-long trip in Patagonia, she was introduced to the world of mountain biking and was instantly hooked. Weekdays she can be found on the Denver/Boulder Front Range trails, and weekends she's racing or exploring the regional CO/UT/MT/WY trails. She's also a certified ICP mountain bike guide/coach through IMBA and works as an ambassador/coach for VIDAmtb. She's devoted to spreading her love of mountain biking to the ever-growing lady shred scene in Colorado.