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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 e...

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...

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 thr...

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...

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 n...

20 Feb 2017

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...

I’m sitting on my balcony with a glass of agua de jamaica (that’s hibiscus flower) and Spanish polka playing in the background while I watch the clouds climb up one side of the volcano and slowly float away. I’m in Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala!

After months of struggling in the job search to find the right job in the right place, Greg and I finally made it to the beautiful lakeside town of Panajachel...

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