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Went off in search of the famed-with-travellers Semuc Champey. The very bumpy and unsteady ride standing in the back of a pick up truck took us through stunning mountain-jungly scenery, along the winding unpaved road until we came to the park entrance.
We wandered along a path just above the river until we came to a sign pointing up a very steep and rocky path leading to the `mirador`. The sign said it would take us 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the top. The climb was steep and hard work and we were soon sweating buckets and puffing away but after 20 minutes we reached the mirador (hardly an hour and 15 now is it). The view from the mirador was spectacular, looking across the jungle-covered mountains and down to the river to the tuurquoise green pools.
From the mirador it was a tricky and very slippy climb down the wet rocky path all the way until we reached the river. After peering into the gushing river as it poured under the ground into a cave, we made our way along the riverside until we reached the pools. We jumped in and took a lovely refreshing swim in the very cool and clear waters.
Getting back to Lanquin was a bit tricky but a bus eventually turned up and we hopped on. The bus took us the scenic route back, all the way up the mountains away from Lanquin. We went past lots of little wooden houses dotted along the hillside and kids playing. None of the tiny homes had electricity or running water but it was amazing to see how these people live in the rural areas.