Ruta Maya (AKA The Doomsday Ride)

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  Tour Operator  TDA Global Cycling

  Belize,  Costa Rica,  Guatemala,  Honduras,  Mexico & Nicaragua

 44 days (Bike: 32 days)

  3050 km  (~95km per day)





  TDA Global Cycling

Cycling the mountain backroads of Central America in search of Mayan History

This incredible cycling adventure will take riders across Central America, from Costa Rica through Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and on into Mexico. They will marvel at the remarkable Mayan ruins in Copan Ruinas, Tikal, Lamanai and Tulum, pedal through small rural villages, wander through colourful local markets and spin past verdant rainforests and roaring waterfalls. Cyclists will gaze up in wonder at the region’s towering volcanoes and laze away on sun-drenched beaches. Central America’s Spanish history is evident in the beautiful colonial architecture of Granada, Nicaragua while the area’s biodiversity is spectacular and the riders can even try their luck at spotting the most beautiful of birds, the Quetzal, Guatemala’s national symbol.

The hilly terrain of Central America means that the cycling will be very challenging with many gorgeous climbs and, thankfully, an equal number of stunning descents. The 3200 km expedition features 32 cycling days broken up by 8 well-allocated rest days, ensuring that the adventurers make the most of their cycling trip. The overall ride is actually downhill as the cyclists drop over 1000m from beginning to end. There is, however, the small matter of the terrain in-between. Over 32 riding days the cyclists will climb over 45,000 m, an average of 1500m per riding day. The route almost completely avoids major highways. Instead cyclists will spend their days pedaling along quiet rural roads, many of them unpaved, passing by isolated settlements and deserted mining towns.


  • Colonial cities
  • Ancient Mayan cities
  • Volcanoes and jungles
  • Off the beaten path Central America

Tour Information


San Jose



Cost From

US$ 11900  Guided


November 5, 2023


  • 43 Nights in hotels
  • Most dinners
  • Most breakfasts
  • All roadside lunches
  • Vehicle to carry your bags
  • GPS tracks & route notes
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Sweep rider
  • Bike mechanic
  • Medic
  • Tour jersey
  • Celebratory final dinner
  • Pre-tour information bulletins
  • Pre-tour rider discussion forum


  • A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour


  • Ride the full Ruta Maya or either stage
  • We recommend a mountain bike with one set of 35-40c tires and one set of 45-50c tires. Only very strong riders who are experienced riding on rough dirt roads should consider a touring bike
  • Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of USD$400 if full payment is received 6 months before the start
  • TDA alumni get special alumni discounts


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