Mexico is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse nations on earth. Spanning the continent from sea to shining sea, this vast country offers cyclists of all levels peak experiences taking in mountain ranges, coastal vistas, cities, and villages.
Just south of Mexico is Central America, a fascinating area steeped in pre-Columbian history which is coming into its own as a popular destination for cycling enthusiasts from all over the world.
Here, we’ll review some of the great routes for cycling in Mexico and Central America. Hold on to your hats – it’s going to be a beautiful ride!
Boca de Tomatlan to El Tuito (Jalisco, Mexico).
Just south of the famed Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find the sleepy fishing village, Boca de Tomatlan. Located in a snug bay, this small jewel is the perfect starting point to explore the Sierra Madre’s riches.
As you ride into the mountains, the swaying palms and tangled jungle give way to a forest of pine trees. It’s from this sublime setting that you make your descent into the mythical mountain town of El Tuito. While a challenging ride, this route offers a view of Mexico not often seen by the faint of heart.
Izalco to Lago Coatepeque (El Salvador).
Adventure cyclists will thrill to this glorious ride to Lago Coatepeque and the heights of the Santa Ana volcano. Through largely undisturbed terrain, you’ll enjoy a ride on quiet roads which take you to stunning views of this incredible natural treasure.
As with any cycling adventure, it’s necessary to plan your trip carefully and call on the services of a reputable guide.
Fortuna de Vallejo (Nayarit, Mexico).
Experience the romance of the Mexican vaquero (cowboy) on this ride into the beating heart of Mexico’s rural culture. Ride through the Arroyo (dry riverbed) to emerge surrounded by the rich tradition of Mexican agriculture.
Contemplate the parallels between America’s Old West and Mexico’s legacy of the vaquero, as you sip a cold coconut water in the Arroyo on your way back to the coast.
San Luis to Fray Bartolome de las Casas (Peten, Guatemala).
Step back in time on this adventure into the misty, green jungles of Guatemala. Intermediate to advanced cyclists will enjoy a verdant countryside which remains largely undeveloped. Experience the warmth and welcome of local people along the way.
Take the long way ‘round to Coban and enjoy more of a good thing, while avoiding steep inclines and a dirt road which may be more adventure than you’d like.
Ride with VeloGuide.
Experience some of the most beautiful bicycle routes in Mexico with the adventure cycling family at VeloGuide. We’re all about the ride, ensuring you enjoy your time in the saddle, exploring Mexico’s most stunning regions.
Join us for adventure, food, relaxation and a ride in paradise. Let our family show you the two-wheeled side of this magnificent area, with rides of from 50 to 100 kilometers, for riders of all experience and skill levels.
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