Antigua’s mountain terrain and the variety of trails traversing it make mountain biking a popular recreational activity.
Old Town Outfitters (5a Avenida Sur #12C, tel. 5339-0440, www.adventureguatemala.com, $35 half day) is a highly recommended outfitter offering rides for all skill levels. Half-day options include easy rides in the Almolonga Valley or in and around a coffee plantation to edge-of-your seat single-track rides careening down volcanic slopes or along narrow mountain ridges with fantastic views. Its equipment is top-notch and well cared for.
Guatemala Ventures (1a Avenida Sur #15, end of 6a Calle Oriente, tel. 7832-3383, www.guatemalaventures.com) is another recommended outfitter for tackling the rugged terrain around Antigua by mountain bike. It also rents out mountain bikes for $8 a day. Both companies also offer a lot of other recreational options in addition to mountain biking, as you’ll see by the frequency with which they are mentioned here.
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