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View from the mirador
I booked a package trip to semuc champey with the company located in the lobby of my hotel.  The trip promised everything i wanted to do, all in one day and was cheaper (150) than any other company in town. 

Once we arrived the guide took us on a hike that lasted about 90 minutes.  The hike was fairly strenuous, but the guide took frequent stops, which made the hike easy.  The view from the top, overlooking the limestone pools of semuc champey, was well worth the effort.  We hung out at the mirador for about 30 minutes and then hiked down to the pools for a well deserved swim and jumps from the cliff surrounding the pools.

After the swim, the guide took us down a ladder that led back into the caves created by the rushing river.
  This was probably the most dangerous part of the trip, because it would have been very easy to slip and fall a very long distance.  However, the guide made it easy by supporting us with his back or his leg, and making sure we stepped on the right part of the rock.  Once below in the caves, the guide told us about how it was formed and generally was very knowledgeable.  After exploring the short cave, it only went back 15 feet, we had to jump from the cave into the river below about 20 feet. 

We went back to the pools for more relaxation, and then left semuc champey for an ancient mayan cave in between semuc champey and lanquin.  Again. the guide was very knowledgeable and told great stories.  We explored the cave for about an hour and then concluded the trip.
Semuc Champey
  Overall the trip was great, however i was upset because the trip promised swimming through caves with a candle.  And when people i encountered told me of semuc champey, that was their favorite part.  So i felt i was cheated a bit.

When i returned from my excursion, my roommates and travel campanions for the past few days were leaving to check into el retiro.  I was actually glad to see them leave.  They were some strange ducks, or maybe it was i who was strange, either way i was happy.  I had dinner at Cafe Semuc again for 20Q, used the internet, and then returned to my room.  I was serenated by a woman in the church who decided to wail and cry all night, it was pleasant.  Another pleasant surprise waiting for me in the room was Jeff's stench.  He apparently did not want to take it with him.  His odor was so powerful and unrivaled, it was truly amazing.
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View from the mirador
View from the mirador
Semuc Champey
Semuc Champey
Just before the river goes into th…
Just before the river goes into t…
Semuc Champey
Semuc Champey
The pools
The pools
Semuc Champey
Semuc Champey
Inside the cave
Inside the cave
Inside the cave
Inside the cave
repelling, sort of
repelling, sort of
see the flower?
see the flower?
Semuc Champey
Semuc Champey
The cave we explored
The cave we explored
Semuc Champey
Semuc Champey
right after i hit the water jumpin…
right after i hit the water jumpi…
Lanquin
photo by: siri