Inverness, Scotland. June 28th, 2016:
H+I Adventures, specialists in premium mountain biking trips, is offering new departures in 2016 and 2017 that coincide with world famous festivals in Scotland and Mexico. These locally-guided adventures go far beyond amazing biking and have been expertly planned to provide engaging and exciting opportunities for mountain bikers to take part in the celebrations whilst discovering a community’s time worn traditions, talents and customs.
Mountain bikers begin their Coast-to-Coast adventure in the Scottish glens, where local wild horses roam and technical singletrack dominates. Otherworldly views across the Torridon mountains, one of the UK’s most ancient landscapes, make challenging river crossings and hike-a-bike sections all the more worthwhile. Each night, two wheel adventurers enjoy authentic Highland food and drink, like freshly caught seafood and local ales and whiskeys, before returning to their quintessential Scottish guesthouses.
Edinburgh International Fringe Festival Departure
August 13 – 20, 2016
After crushing the ultimate all-mountain ride in the British Isles, mountain bikers can head to Edinburgh for the world’s largest arts festival. Hundreds of local venues across the city will be filled with thousands of internationally recognized performers, comedians, musicians, and visual artists exploring every medium.
H+I Adventures’ local guides share their favourite, unspoiled trails in the beautiful Sierra Norte mountains and immerse mountain bikers in the rich culture and fiesta-fever of Oaxaca. Staying in one of the eight Zapotec villages that have come together to form an eco-tourism partnership, riders will fuel up on traditional home cooked Mexican food and sample locally produced Mezcal, a well-deserved reward after an epic day on the bike. Highlights include exploring Monte Albán, the most important Zapotec site, watching the sun rise over the Sierra with a cup of local corn hot chocolate, and conquering challenging climbs and technical downhill stretches to waterfalls and small villages. After five days in the mountains, the small group returns to the colonial city of Oaxaca where they will discover the local traditions and history of Mexico’s iconic celebrations.
Dia de Muertos Departure
October 26 – November 2, 2016
Mexico’s Dia de Meurtos is a lively celebration where friends and families come together to celebrate and honour their deceased loved ones. During this special departure, mountain bikers will marvel at colourful sugar skulls and ofrendas (ritual alters), decorated with vibrant marigold displays, mingle with locals dressed in ornate costumes and painted faces, and watch elaborate processions flood Oaxaca’s streets.
Semana Santa Departure
April 8-15, 2017
Mountain bikers who book the April departure will return to Oaxaca in time for the weeklong Semana Santa celebrations, where locals bring religious symbols and statues from inside the church out onto the streets. The city comes together during the Procession of Silence, a true spectacle for locals and visitors alike.