NYC to Karukinka - 2nd Leg - Central America

Collection by Jason.Aloisio

On the second leg of my cycling expedition to Karukinka Natural Park at the Southern tip of South America, I will ride through Mexico to Guatemala and Belize where the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) operates a Mesoamerica Program. This extraordinarily biodiverse area is home to charismatic megafauna like Jaguars and Scarlet Macaws. Wildlife flourishes here thanks, in-part, to The Maya Biosphere Reserve in northern Guatemala, which makes up part of one of the worlds the largest tropical forests north of the Amazon. Mesoamerica is also one of the "cradles of civilization" and is widely known as the home of the Maya and Aztec. A number of cultures and societies existed before these peoples, including the Tlatilco and the Olmec who’s cultures had significant influence on later societies, including the Maya and Aztec. It is believed that the Olmec created the first centralized state around 1,200 BC in what is today Veracruz and Tabasco. Additionally, new findings, such as the discovery of 15 Mammoth skeletons in a human-made trap near Mexico City dated around 13,000 BC, are constantly re-shaping our understanding of human history in this region. The post-colonial Human Footprint of Mesoamerica today clearly has a long and storied past. While it would take a lifetime to develop a deep understanding of this region, I will begin by visiting wildlife preserves, cities, towns, and ancient ruins as I pedal my bicycle from the Mexico boarder to Belize City. Once I reach Belize City, in late December 2019, I will pack my bike up and fly to Bogota, Colombia to begin the third leg of my journey to Karukinka along the western coast of South America.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    07:40
    81.8 mi
    10.7 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    06:47
    71.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,525 ft
    625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  • Difficult
    09:09
    98.6 mi
    10.8 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    09:58
    108 mi
    10.8 mph
    2,450 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    03:47
    27.8 mi
    7.4 mph
    3,925 ft
    300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    09:30
    101 mi
    10.6 mph
    3,050 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    06:38
    70.7 mi
    10.7 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    05:51
    65.2 mi
    11.2 mph
    400 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    08:07
    83.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    4,700 ft
    7,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    08:23
    87.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    09:49
    103 mi
    10.5 mph
    3,525 ft
    3,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    09:52
    108 mi
    11.0 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    08:33
    79.0 mi
    9.2 mph
    7,125 ft
    8,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    10:40
    115 mi
    10.8 mph
    2,225 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    04:41
    40.5 mi
    8.6 mph
    4,175 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    05:10
    54.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    2,525 ft
    4,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    06:57
    76.6 mi
    11.0 mph
    500 ft
    450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    08:50
    96.9 mi
    11.0 mph
    1,100 ft
    950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Intermediate
    04:12
    44.7 mi
    10.7 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    11:46
    123 mi
    10.5 mph
    3,975 ft
    3,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Intermediate
    02:15
    18.0 mi
    8.0 mph
    550 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    06:29
    67.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Difficult
    06:34
    69.5 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    23
  • Distance
    1,792 mi
  • Duration
    171:35 h
  • Elevation
    58,325 ft

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