Semuc Champey and Lanquin

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The road from Flores to Semuc Champey

We decided to bi pass Coban and head directly to Lanquin and Semuc Champey. That turned out to be a great move as Coban looked a bit like a dump. It took about 9 hours from Flores to arrive at Lanquin with the last 9km down hill taking two hours to complete. I felt like i had been on a horse all day. We arrived late afternoon at El Retiro in Lanquin and checked into our bungalow for 3 nights. This place is really beautiful and cheap as well with the dorms costing around 5 dollars per day and the bungalows around 14 for 2 people.

The next day we toured around the little town of Lanquin which is rather unique.

Mud roads, small markets and a lot of drunk local folk. We ate some fried chicked at Mr Pollo and headed back to the Hostel. The hostel was full of great people and we had a nice night just sitting around chatting and downing a few local beers.

It was finally time for Semuc Champey and the hype did not let me down. The Kanba Caves which involves scrambling and swimming by candlelight through chambers filled with bats and bizarre rock formations. The tour takes about 90 minutes, is a little dangerous, very slippery, pretty cold but it is NOT TO BE MISSED.

Next, it was time Semuc Champey, a shallow staircase of sublime turquoise pools, suspended on a natural limestone bridge. It is a towering jungle ladden valley, a wonderful spot for a blissful days swimming and hanging out. The hike to the outlook takes about 40 minutes and is the most slippery climb i have ever seen but well worth it once you make it to the top.

Semuc Champey is heavenly place, Just a few years ago, very few visitors made it to this remote part of Guatemala but now the word is out. Although i did not see many people at all, we had the caves all to ourselves as well as the turquoise pools.

My tip, stay in Lanquin and do day trips to Semuc Champey for the caving, swimming and tubing.

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Waiting to cross the road. Powered by outboard motors.

We decided to bi pass Coban and head directly to Lanquin and Semuc Champey. That turned out to be a great move as Coban looked a bit like a dump. It took about 9 hours from Flores to arrive at Lanquin with the last 9km down hill taking two hours to complete. I felt like i had been on a horse all day. We arrived late afternoon at El Retiro in Lanquin and checked into our bungalow for 3 nights. This place is really beautiful and cheap as well with the dorms costing around 5 dollars per day and the bungalows around 14 for 2 people.

The next day we toured around the little town of Lanquin which is rather unique.

Mud roads, small markets and a lot of drunk local folk. We ate some fried chicked at Mr Pollo and headed back to the Hostel. The hostel was full of great people and we had a nice night just sitting around chatting and downing a few local beers.

It was finally time for Semuc Champey and the hype did not let me down. The Kanba Caves which involves scrambling and swimming by candlelight through chambers filled with bats and bizarre rock formations. The tour takes about 90 minutes, is a little dangerous, very slippery, pretty cold but it is NOT TO BE MISSED.

Next, it was time Semuc Champey, a shallow staircase of sublime turquoise pools, suspended on a natural limestone bridge. It is a towering jungle ladden valley, a wonderful spot for a blissful days swimming and hanging out. The hike to the outlook takes about 40 minutes and is the most slippery climb i have ever seen but well worth it once you make it to the top.

Semuc Champey is heavenly place, Just a few years ago, very few visitors made it to this remote part of Guatemala but now the word is out. Although i did not see many people at all, we had the caves all to ourselves as well as the turquoise pools.

My tip, stay in Lanquin and do day trips to Semuc Champey for the caving, swimming and tubing.

The road from Flores to Semuc Cham…
The road from Flores to Semuc Cha…
Waiting to cross the road. Powered…
Waiting to cross the road. Powere…
El Retiro, the place to stay in La…
El Retiro, the place to stay in L…
Steve and Me just hanging out at E…
Steve and Me just hanging out at …
My little bungelow
My little bungelow
Dead or Alive number 1
Dead or Alive number 1
Totally exhausted after climbing u…
Totally exhausted after climbing …
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