Conquistadores The next section of our trans-continental odyssey on two wheels begins in the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta. We then bid adios to palm grove playas and freshly caught fruta del mar and begin our ascent into the Sierra Mascota and the Mexican plateau. On the second day, riders will spend half a day spinning along a beautiful bike path between Ameca and Ajijic.
Next, we pass through the Sierra Verde and central valleys of Jalisco state. We begin this stretch of the tour by cycling along the shores of the Laguna de Chapala where Canadian and USA expats winter. After a breakfast of huevos rancheros in Ocotlán we follow secondary roads towards the colonial towns of Guanajuato state, which include the heritage sites of old Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Every Sunday the nation’s capital closes many of its roads to vehicles which allows us to enjoy a car-free cycle into Mexico City on the Paseo de la Reforma.
The historic monument zone of Queretaro city is worth a visit, before we cycle triumphantly as a Convoy de los Conquistadores y Cyclistas into Mexico City.
* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.
Bring you own bike For this tour, we recommend a touring bike with 35-40c tires. Bring your own bike Make sure you bring a bicycle that is appropriate for your tour, and in excellent working order. If you intend to use your current bicycle, it needs to be fully tuned, cleaned and ready to go. Ideally, get your bike shop to do an overhaul of your entire bike three to four weeks before your departure. Have them inspect, and if necessary replace, the drive train, pedals and bottom bracket for wear. Choosing a bicycle for long distance touring This is the most common question we get asked by people contemplating a bicycle tour with us. For any cycle tourist – whether in a group or going solo, and cycling the smooth cycleways of western Europe or thru the rugged back roads of South America – choosing an appropriate bike for the tour is no easy task Three Basic Types To help you make the right choice, we have broken down your options into the three most suitable options. 1. Mountain Bike with Front Suspension A ‘hard tail mountain bike’ is the most versatile choice for any bike tour. It provides suspension and relative comfort for the off roads, and with a thinner set of tires it provides a decent ride on paved roads. The drawback is that it will be a little slower, a little heavier, and a little less efficient than other bikes on pavement. Having locking front suspension is useful, as you can ‘lock out’ on the smooth roads and engage the suspension on the rougher roads. This bike is the most common choice on tours crossing rugged terrain. PROS: versatility, durability, and comfort CONS: less efficient on smooth roads, less mounts for panniers, more complicated parts 2. Cyclocross or Touring Bike Cyclocross bikes are becoming more and more popular among cycle travellers, as they combine the ruggedness of a mountain bike, with the speed and efficiency of a road bike. These are quite similar in style and form to classic touring bikes. While cyclocross/touring bikes do accommodate wider off road tires they do not have suspension, and riders may be seriously challenged on the rougher off-road sections. Touring bikes, moreso than cyclocross bikes will have excellent mounts for racks and extra water bottles. Both these bikes are a good choice for places with better roads or on any tour where speed is more important to you than comfort. PROS: efficient on the smooth roads, while still rugged enough for the rougher roads CONS: no suspension, less comfort 3 Hybrid Bicycle This bike has the same wheel size as a cyclocross bike, but with straight handlebars instead of road style drop bars. Hybrids sometimes have front suspension and suspension in the seatpost. Hybrids are designed more for comfort and leisure than for performance, and have more of an upright sitting position. This is a very popular style of bike for European cycling trips, that also works well in other places. PROS: comfort, good mounts for racks and bottles CONS: not always designed for rugged terrain Consider your Riding Style: What type of rider are? Do you like to sit upright to have a full view and worry little about speed? Or do you like to be tucked into an aerodynamic position and go as fast as you can, and as efficiently as you can? This will help you narrow down your options very quickly.
17 Nights in hotels 13 riding day, 3 rest days Note: We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.
Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee.
17 nights hotels
Most dinners, Most breakfasts, All roadside lunches.
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
GPS tracks & route notes
Pre-tour information bulletins
Flights and transfer to and from the tour
Night after the tour
Visas and related costs (requirements vary by rider’s nationality) are not included.
Pricing / Tour dates
Tour price 2025: $ 4950.- pp Single fee, double occupancy rooms on hotel nights, we pair each rider with others of same gender. Tour date 2025: 25 Oct – 09 Nov, limited space available
Deposit 25% The deposit payment for a tour must be paid within two weeks after the booking is confirmed. The remaining payment is due 90 days before the start of the tour. For tours that are booked within 90 days before the start of the tour you will pay 100% of the tour price
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.
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