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 e...
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.
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 ou...
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...
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...
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 hand...
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 n...
A rocky descent to the Río Cahabón for a dip in the turquoise pools and tromp through the caves
Dist: 73 km; Date: Feb 2017
You leave the pleasant city of Cobán going northeast on sinuous, forested Highway 5. This 51 km stretch will take well over an hour for all the lovely curves. There will be some truck-passing but traffic shouldn’t be too bad as the main artery to the north is Highway 9 through...
If you’re passing through this area anyways, why not visit the ruins at El Sabinito?
Dist: ≈187 km; Date: Jun 2016
Highway 180 going south out of Soto la Marina undulates through some low hills. It’s not great ride, though it is a relief from the flat, lowland monotony if you’re coming from the U.S. border at McAllen or Brownsville. Still, if you’re traveling down the Atlantic coast of Mexico and yo...