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North American Epic 9th section

Summary

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For cyclist who cannot cycle the whole tour but still want to ride a part of the North American Epic Ride, can ride the 9th section of our Epic Ride. The riders will spin out of Mexico City, towards the Great Pyramid of Cholula Tlachihualtepetl and UNESCO World Heritage site of Monte Alban. The route takes the cyclists through the Guatemalan highlands, past colourfully dressed locals and imposing volcanoes before dipping down to gorgeous, unforgettable Lake Atitlan

Recreational
17 days
1755 km / 1091 mi
$ 4,050.-
  • Mayan ruins
  • Oaxaca's colonial charm
  • Colourful Guatemalan textiles
  • Lake Atitlan amidst the volcanoes
  • There are 10 more sections.

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Details

Type
Recreational
Duration
17 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
80-100 km / 50-62 mi
Total distance
1755 km / 1091 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Basic hotel, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Not included
Dates
09 Nov 2022 - 24 Nov 2022
Start
Mexico City- Mexico
Finish
Lake Atitlan- Guatemala
Airport at start
Mexico City International Airport MEX
Airport at finish
La Aurora International Airport GUA

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 4,050.-

Itinerary

Included / Not included


Mayan Adventure

The riders will spin out of Mexico City, cycling southeast across the plains towards the Great Pyramid of Cholula Tlachihualtepetl. From there they head south through the high Tehuacan Valley, home to over 200 species of cacti, many of them endangered. Throughout the ride, volcanoes line the horizon. Soon the cyclists approach Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s most fascinating cities – a vibrant mix of markets, artisans, cuisines and colonial architecture.

After a rest day touring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Monte Alban, sacred to the indigenous Zapotec peoples, the riders will pedal southeast down off the high plateau, enjoying a 20km downhill stretch just outside San Dionisio Ocotepec and eventually reaching sea level and the coast near the Laguna Superior, part of a system of lagoons running east towards the Guatemalan border.

From the small agricultural town of San Pedro Tapanatepec, the route turns away from the water and begins the steady climb up over the state border and into the green-clad hills of Chiapas. The riders will pedal through the rainforest and past the town of Ocozocoautla de Espinosa, famous for its Carnival based on pre-Hispanic local traditions. The final day of this stretch features a beautiful climb up onto the Central Highlands and into the captivating city of San Cristobal de las Casas.

After learning about the famous Zapatista uprising in 1994, the riders will head out towards Guatemala. Once across the border the route takes the cyclists through the Guatemalan highlands, past colourfully dressed locals and imposing volcanoes before dipping down to gorgeous, unforgettable Lake Atitlan and a the end of this beautiful section.

Level: intermediate

Some long and tough days with shorter less challenging days mixed in. Environment (sometimes including wind and heat) and terrain (including some significant climbing) are more of a factor. Some unexpected challenges may creep in from time to time.

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same sex at no additional charge.
14 Riding days, 2 rest day.

Included:

17 Nights in hotels
Most dinners
Most breakfasts
All roadside lunches
Experienced chef
Vehicle to carry your bags
GPS tracks & route notes
Experienced tour leader
Sweep rider
Bike mechanic
Medic
Tour jersey
Pre-tour information bulletins

Not included:

Flights and transfer to and from the tour
Food on rest days plus dinner on nights before rest days
Gratuity guides

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

For this section, we recommend a touring bike with 35-40c
For more information see PDF file below

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