Adventure travel is on the rise among nature lovers, especially in Central America, and with such an adventurous family, our Gringa Traveling Mom is in the know about this newest trend. Read on as she shares all of the information she has about mountain niking in Guatemala. Find information about the best nature parks to visit, companies to take a MTB tour with and shops to rent bikes from around Antigua Guatemala.
Having an adventurous family and living in a country filled with possibilities for outdoor activities is the perfect combination. This means that we can all enjoy going on short nature trips almost daily. There are tons of nature parks within one hour from our home.
My sons and husband have always been into outdoor sports. First, it was swimming. Then came rock climbing. Now it is mountain biking. Except this time, they are taking it seriously and want to become professionals at it.
5 Places for Mountain Biking in Guatemala with Kids near Antigua
1. Cerro Alux
This is a park owned by the government. It’s located in San Lucas Sacatepequez, a small town right between Guatemala City and Antigua. Here you will find swings for kids, barbecue areas and many trails leading you into the forest and on the side of a mountain where you are allowed to ride your bikes. The climate here tends to be cold. It’s my favorite for relaxing while my husband and sons go on the trails.
Here is another nature park owned by the government. This one is pretty similar to Cerro Alux, but weather is a lot warmer . This isn’t a dense forest; there are less tand there are less trees, it isn’t a dense forest. It also has areas for barbecues, parking, and swings.
This park is located about 15 minutes away from Antigua right on the side of the road that leads to Guatemala City. Since it is so close to our house, my family visits this park frequently. The trails are pretty easy, so it is a good place to visit for beginners or if you have small kids.
With mountain biking becoming more and more popular in Guatemala, large private farms are getting in on the action. Many farms open up part of their land to people to enjoy some biking for a small fee. San Agustin is a new one located around Guatemala City. We were lucky enough to be able to attend the grand opening.
So far, my sons liked it and would like to go back for another visit to be able to explore it some more. I also loved the fact that it has a clubhouse for me to relax in. There’s even a swimming pool.
El Pilar is another privately owned park. The owners first started offering public access to a rustic swimming pool with water coming from the mountain. Then they came up with bird watching tours and now they created trails that hikers and mountain bikers can have a lot of fun in.
The best part is that it is only 5 minutes away from Antigua, making it another park that my family visits often.
5. La Azotea
It started as another coffee farm of the region that decided to go public. They opened a small museum and started giving tours of the plantation as a way to promote their coffee. Recently they also opened a trail for hiking and a small track for MTB.
There is also an equestrian club that is run in it.
Where to find a tour in Antigua Guatemala
These guys specialize in adventure sports, such as volcano hikes, kayaking on Atitlan, surfing and MTB tours. They have been around for a long time and offer a lot of options for different skill levels, so you will definitely find something that fits your family.
2. Old Town
This is another well known company in Antigua specializing in adventure travel. Aside from volcano hikes and MTB tours, they offer helicopter tours and white water rafting.
Where to Rent Bikes in Antigua Guatemala
If you don’t want to go on an organized tour with people you don’t know, MonkeyBikeShop can provide the equipment for you and your family. There are tons of things for rent and many other for sale.
NOTE: This article is not a sponsored post, it is meant to be a resource for those looking to do some MTB while in Guatemala. All of the farms, parks, and businesses mentioned here have either been visited by us or recommended to us by friends who are also within the small mountain biker’s community from Antigua Guatemala.