The 12 Day Mayan Motorcycle Discover Tour visits all the most impressive and historic sites in Guatemala. We blend a perfect mix of incredible dual sport riding and cultural immersion and exploration.
Welcome to Guatemala! We meet you at La Aurora Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City with a private shuttle and bring you to the historic town of Antigua for the night (45 minute drive).
4 hours, 0-10% off pavement
Today we head out on the road, and we won’t be back for 9 days! As we leave town we’ll zig-zag our way up a volcano to 8,500 feet of elevation, and cross canyons on our way to Lake Atitlan. As we arrive at the lake we’ll see amazing vistas of the coastline and surrounding volcanoes. Tonight we will spend the night in town of Panajachel right by the lake with wonderful views. We’ll enjoy a drink and watch the sunset come down over the water.
8 hours, 0-30% off pavement
You’ll head out in the morning for nice long day riding North to the Cuchumatanes Mountain Range – a large saw-like range of mountains that cut across the country. Today you’ll experience a wide range of terrain, climates, and cultures. You will have fantastic riding all day with great views.
You will sleep deep in the hills in a small mountain town. It’s a place where the local Mayans wear their traditional woven clothing, and tourists rarely visit.
7 hours, 10-40% off pavement
In the morning, after breakfast, we’ll head back up over the mountains on our way towards Coban. If you like the riding yesterday, you’ll love it today! We’ll wind through farms and mountains all day. The temperature will change with the scenery as we traverse the mountains and pass through many small villages. We’ll cross through a huge old landslide site as we head toward the center of Guatemala. We’ll stay in very comfortable accommodations with great restaurants on site.
Today you’ll head North and drop huge elevation into the lowlands of Guatemala. The temperatures will raise and the scenery will become more lush. You’ll load the bikes onto a make-shift barge to cross river Sayaxche. Once across you’ll run some exciting two lane roads through tropical farmlands to the Island of Flores, where we stay for the night.
Off day, visiting Tikal
The tremendous Mayan ruins of Tikal are just a short ride from Flores. Tikal is one of the ancient wonders of Central America and is a must-see. We’ll have a local guide to walk us through the park and explain the history and significance of the pyramids. There is also the chance to see monkeys and many other exotic animals and birds.
8 hours, 0-25% off pavement
You will have nice pavement and dirt all day on your way to Rio Dulce. You can stop at a small eco-farm for a great breakfast. There is a fantastic and very quiet waterfall site with opportunities for swimming. You’ll also have the option of taking a boat ride on the river and visiting the San Felipe Castle which was used to defend the region against pirates. You will spend the night in private bungalows in a jungle lodge on the river.
7 hours, 75% off pavement
You’ll hug the coast of Lake Isabal on a mix of pavement and gravel roads. Then, as you reach the end of the lake the road begins to narrow and it starts to wind up into the mountains of Altaverapaz. Today will be mostly dirt riding and an incredible thrill. The roads are very twisty with great vistas in every direction. Tonight we will again stay in a Jungle lodge situated alongside a turquoise river.
8 hours, 0-30% off pavement
Today you’ll have a chance to take a day off the bikes and explore the National Park of Semuc Champey. Semuc Champey is a popular destination in Guatemala for both tourists and locals. It is a series of cascading waterfalls and crystal clear water deep in the jungle. It’s a prefect opportunity to swim and relax in a very unique environment. At the park you can hike up to a lookout point with a full view down over the falls. There is a cave system to explore, waterfalls, and even natural water-slides. There is also a chance of seeing monkeys!
5 hours riding, 25% off pavement
You’ll start the day at 1,200 feet of elevation in the rainforest and slowly climb up through a cloud forest and into desert-like areas of Guatemala. The roads today are beautiful and wind up and down through the hills of Central Guatemala. You’ll have great climbs, great views, and thrilling descents. You’ll have great photo opportunities, and a strong mix of dirt and pavement sections. You’ll spend the night in a cute hotel in a small local town in Central Guatemala and get a feel for what life is like in the hills.
5 hours riding, 10-20% off pavement
You are in a very dry area of Guatemala, but as you get on the road the landscape will quickly change as you climb back up in elevation. Today has some spectacular dirt roads that take you South towards Antigua. You’ll have no shortage of ascents and decents today, and you’ll start to see the peaks of 3 volcanoes as you get closer and closer to town.
Once back in Antigua you can stop by the shop to return the bike and pick-up any luggage you may have left with us.
Goodbyes are always sad, but you’re headed to the airport, and we’ll get you there. Our shuttle takes you to the airport for your departure.
If you’d like to stay an extra day (or two) in Antigua, we’ll be happy to accommodate you and make the necessary arrangements. Please let us know if you would like to stay longer.
NOTE: Each tour we offer can be customized depending on your riding ability and your interests. Please contact us with any questions about this tour.
Honda Tornado XR250
Park Entrance Fees
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Personal travel insurance
Per Rider: $2949 USD
3 Rider Minimum for Tour departure.
Prices include double occupancy hotel rooms. Single room surcharge is $350 per rider.
9 Days Riding, 11 Nights,
12 Days Total
1441 km, 895 miles
230 km, 143 miles
Total Riding Time:
0 – 2740 meters
0 – 9,000 ft
30,769 meters, 100,948 ft
Volcanic Lake, High Mountains, Tropical lowlands, Cloud Forest, Jungle, Desert-Like Mountains, Caves & Rivers, Mayan Ruins
This tour runs year round. Our upcoming tour dates are as follows:
 Feb 11 – 22
Custom tour dates are possible for groups of 3+.
-Motorcycle License or Endorsement
-Must be 21+ years of age
-Must have sufficient riding experience to complete a multi-day tour on mixed terrain.
We also require a $1000 USD security deposit on a Credit Card at the time of pick-up. You are responsible for damage to the bike and equipment up to that $1000 limit. The deposit is refunded upon your safe return of the bike and equipment.
Please contact us if you have any questions.