Most of the biking starts and finishes in the UNESCO heritage town of Antigua, and there is a sweet shop - Old Town Outfitters ready to get you on the trails and fix whatever the local airlines broke on your bike during the flight over.
The culture in Guatemala is incredibly diverse and colourful. There seemed to be countless traditional Mayan cultures and languages making up each region. Every town I arrived in brought with it a new and unique cultural experience.
The farm land high on the ancient volcanic slopes above Antigua, offered easy access singletrack to warm up the legs - just keep your eyes open for the multi use traffic.
Up in the Mayan Highlands the terrain transforms from lush volcanic slopes into a high elevation labyrinth of prehistoric rock formations.
The mellow and winding 1000m vertical descent from the highland plateau to the lower farming village of Todos Santos was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the trip.
A long climb back out of Todos Santos to regain the highlands brings you back to an ancient surreal landscape and the fast singletrack that flows through it.
At this point I was almost expecting a triceratops to amiably wander across the trail ahead of me... sadly there were only sheep.
Trail side accommodations in the highlands - With an elevation over 3000m and nights dropping below freezing the Unicorn Ranch offers warm meals and a greats night rest. They did not however have any unicorns which was disappointing...
Semuc Champey Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world, a remote jungle site where the river forms spectacular green pools and waterfalls.
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