Tour around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
08 November 2010
Lake Atitlan -News-
In 1996 mountain bikers Luis, Oscar and Gilberto decided to setup the organizing committee for the first “Vuelta al lago de Atitlan” or “Tour around the Lake Atitlan”. Since then the Lake Atitlan tour has been held every first Sunday of December, with the exception of the year 2005 when tropical storm Stan made it hard to get the event organized.
Starting out with 27 participants the first year and 54 in the second, the event grew to 200 enthusiastic cyclers last year and they hope to reach the same amount in 2010. Many of these runners are nationals coming from around the lake or from departments like San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Totonicapán, Quetzaltenango, Chimaltenago and Guatemala City but every year a few participants from the United States, U.K., Canada, The Netherlands and other countries join up to the event and enjoy this beautiful bike ride around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The event is an opportunity for anyone to get to know and enjoy the astonishing views around Lake Atitlan, in one day, by bicycle, completely organized!
50 people of personal and over 100 extra volunteers will be working on the 5th of December to make this Lake Atitlan bicycle tour an enjoyable event for all the participants. Boarding the boat from 6:00 to 7:00 am at the Panajachel public beach will take the riders to Tzununa from where they will bike towards San Pedro la Laguna. Here lunch will be provided before continuing to climb half the San Pedro volcano and arrive in Santiago Atitlan (Lunch) and San Lucan Toliman where everyone will assemble and wait for the boat to San Antonio Palopo. From here they ride through Santa Catarina to arrive back in Panajachel.
Inscriptions are open! (most bike-shops in Panajachel, throughout November, or Email Gilberto below in Spanish)
The participant will be provided with 2 lunches (San Pedro, Santiago Atitlan), boat transportation, mechanical help en route (no one will be left behind!) and support by the Guatemalan civil police with National Ambulance and Firefighters. A “2010 Vuelta al Lago de Atitlan T-Shirt” and a good dinner will be provided at the finish line.
Inscription Fee: Q 100 (About $15)
Sponsors openings: anyone interested in sponsoring the “Tour around the Lake Atitlan” is welcome to contact