Semuc Champey Travel Blog› entry 122 of 134 › view all entries
There are a few places on the Gringo Trail that are mentionned time and time again. Semuc Champey is one such place. Now you won't hearabout it in brochures or hear about it when people discuss Tikal, but along the "trail" it's status is clear. Miss it and miss out. I was one such person who had heard the whispers but had no idea what to expect or really what the place was. That was until I picked up the trail in Guate and learnt about the natural pools.
As always there was a bus journeyt to endure. This was a 12 hour shuttle bus ride, not only with my knees under my chin but also with a gaggle (14 to be exact) American peace core workers who frankly gave me no peace and illicited a less than peacful reaction in me. It was arduous on many fronts.
The day at the pools was incredible. The sun shone brightly, the sky was a brilliant blue and the group was eager for adventure. We set off in the back of the truck winding along the narrow roads from the town to the pools.
After an hour of relaxing in the pools we took on our next adventure, caving! With hardy footwear (!) that only a Central American country could get away with we ventured into the caves.
The last adventure was swing jumping into the lake (when I say jump, JUMP! Don't come back!) to float down the river tubing. I could become accostomed to this! The boys threw themselves off the bridges over 6ft high and Elvis dove. I stuck to the wing jump.
Exhausting day but it wasn't complete yet. Lanquin is famous for one other thing and when the sun sets there is only one place to be. Deh neh neh neh neh Deh neh neh neh neh BAT CAVE! Lanquin's bats migrate daily from the depths of the caves to the wide open night sky and are so famous and sought after by tourists that the local council built a walkway and bridge and viewing platform to view this spectacular migration. I personally prefer the penguin migration in Melbourne but hell you've got to check these things out!
Tomorrow to Flores and the final stop in Guatemala for me. Tikal beckons.