19 Aug 2017

A rough road romp through the hills above Lake Atitlán

Dist: 16 km; Date: 2016-2017

From the town of Sololá, which is the capital city of the Departamento (“State”) of the same name, leave the central plaza going east on a paved, secondary road. It’s a bit tricky to find the first time and Google Maps might mix you up by getting the one-way streets backwards but all other roads eventually dead-end except this one. Just outside o...

13 Aug 2017

A dual-sport ride through mountainous twisties with a fun off-tarmac finish

Dist: 39 km; Date: Aug 2017

If you’re coming from the west, you might want to make a quick visit of Quetzaltenango’s downtown before returning to the detour. Conversely, if you’re coming from the east, then get through the Quetzaltenango (Xela) congestion as best as you can and this will be your reward.

At San Juan Ostuncalco, which might be hard to disti...

6 Aug 2017

A rocky ascent from the humid heat near the coast into the fresh mountain air for camping beside the lagoon

Dist: 63 km; Date: Aug 2017

The Guatemala BMW dealership organized this route as an outing on day 1 of the two-day GS Trophy qualifier.

The route begins at Auto Safari Chapín, which is an East Africa-inspired wildlife park. The BMW had arranged with the park to allow the competitors to ride through the wildlife exhibits on...

28 Jul 2017

The off-road shortcut that happens to avoid the customs revision near Comitán de Dominguéz

Dist: 62 km; Date: Jul 2017

It really makes no sense to start this route at La Trinitaria but just south of town two-lane, Highway 190 begins a 12 km stretch of most descent through the mountains that offers spectacular, high-speed twisties with some excellent views. Just as the highway begins to straighten out, take the dirt turn-off to t...

26 Jul 2017

A scenic ride among several lakes and ending for a so-so meal at a beautiful waterfall

Dist: 114 km; Date: Jul 2017

Leave La Trinitaria riding west on Highway 307 have an interesting audiobook or podcast ready because the first 35 km of this route are straight and uneventful unless your concentration wanes and you fail to notice the topes (speedbumps). Alternatively you might enter this route midway by crossing from Guatemala at...

23 Jul 2017

So you say you want a rocky road, a natural well swim, and rough camping beside your motorcycle?

Dist: ≈55 km; Date Jul 2017

You’re not actually going to start at Nentón – instead, you’ll probably arrive from the Interamerican Highway or maybe from Mexico via the Carmen Xhán-Gracias a Dios border crossing. Either way, Nentón is a good place to fill up on water and foodstuffs before you find yourself in the shit. Just about 2 km...

15 Jun 2017

A spectacular, serpentine ribbon of tarmac that runs through the heat of Copper Canyon

Dist: 157 km: Date: Nov 2009

One of the best 150 km stretches that you can possibly treat yourself to. It takes about four hours, if tells you something. Spectacular views throughout and feel how the temperature changes with each ascent and descent you make. There are several unpaved roads that connect to the handful of Copper Canyon towns. Sa...

4 Mar 2017

Ride around the lake, descend to the coast, and white-knuckle through sand to a surf camp

Dist: ≈210 km; Date: Mar 2017

Take a scenic, clockwise ride around Lake Atitlán passing through the towns of San Andrés Semetabaj and San Lucas Tolimán. Just outside Santiago Atitlán near the southernmost tip of the lake, veer left for a descending, corkscrew ride out of the mountains to Chicacao. The road is newly paved at the time of writ...

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