Cycle Central America touring guide
A FRAMEWORK OF ROUTES FOR EXPLORING SOUTHERN MEXICO, GUATEMALA, BELIZE AND HONDURAS
Researched and written by Ian Benford
This region is the home of Mayan peoples, who have a fascinating culture and beautiful ruins. The Latins have added colonial splendour, with elaborate churches, squares and cobbled streets.
Perfect for cycling
There are an incredibly diverse range of landscapes, including thick jungle, cloud forest, semi-desert, volcanoes and pristine palm shaded coastlines. Because the distances between areas of interest are usually less than 50 miles (80km), the region is perfect for cycling.
A framework of routes on paved and dirt roads has been researched for touring, with off-road trips and other excursions suggested around cultural or beautiful locations. The coverage is extensive, and one of the aims was to find interesting ways of getting from A-B, so there are often a choice of routes, depending on interests, fitness and time.
The guide is not just for cycle purists, alternative transport possibilities are suggested for the few monotonous sections or where the climbs are particularly long and hard.
The reality is, with the information given, a good map, and a bicycle of choice, its possible for anyone to have a good time and take an incredible experience home with them.
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