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Review of Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey
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Day Trip: Kanba Cave and Semuc Champey Natural Pools from San Agustín Lanquín
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Lanquin
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Not worth the grueling trip from Antigua and back. If you are heading onto Flores from Lanquin than I guess it might make sense (flight from Guate to Flores is quick and painless). The cave tour was dangerous and not that impressive. Fun fact: the owner of the property that the caves are situated on does not let Maya perform ceremonies there anymore! The turquoise pools in the park were beautiful (exactly like Agua Azul in Chiapas, Mexico) but then I got crammed back into the back of a pickup truck with too many other people all standing and holding onto a metal cage (thanks Zephyr Lodge!). The road was terrible and it was very uncomfortable. 10 kilometers does not sound like much, but it is. The trip from Antigua to Lanquin took 8.5 hours and it took 10 hours to return (travel agency said 6-7). Tikal and Lake Atitlan are way more impressive, fun and easily accessible.

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

No matter how many photos I had seen of this famous natural wonder, there was no way I could have been prepared by it's majesty in reality. This is a no-brainer, if you are going to Guatemala, you have to visit this site. All the trouble it takes to get there and all the chaos you may discover upon arrival in Lanquin is worth it. If you are on a tour as you probably will be, don't feel like you have to do the straight up the mountain climb to view the pools from above. It will exhaust you and you will have less time to enjoy languishing in the pools. Even if your guide is trying to get you to climb up to the viewing platform it's not worth it. I refused to climb and I had so much more quiet time to discover the pools without the rest of my tour group. Even if you can't reproduce in photography the beauty of this natural wonder, take a million pictures! I love to look back at those images to relive such an amazing experience.

1  Thank Lisa W
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Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

Arguably the most beautiful sight in Guatemala. The hike to the top is worth it for the views and you can reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the limestone pools afterwards! Just be careful not to swallow the water.. I've had a few friends who have gotten sick from it but it was fine when I went there.

Thank melain L
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

beautiful beyond words. a must see if youre in the area. Please respect the beauty of this place for more to see.

Thank Debbie M
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is one of those locations you just have to visit! The roads are kind of unfortunate to get there (as you can see from other reviews it is not recommendable staying close to Semuc but rather in Coban); coming from Coban (we stayed at Casa Gaia, which was excellent!) it taked about 1h30min to get to Semuc, first driving on a very nice asphalted road, then an ok-ish asphalted road and finally just a dirt road. Since it had rained quite a bit it was actually more of a dirt-slide, but the driver handled it perfectly. Arriving at Semuc we went up to the Mirador (view point), and well as mentioned it had rained a lot (and was still drizzling) so the path was very slippery (very good shoes are recommended). The view from the Mirador was impressive, something you do not want to miss (unless the steep way up there deters you, of course). We then proceeded to the different pools, and took the longer way back (which is recommendable). From what I've heard there's also a cave you can swim to (dive to, more precisely) but it's said to be a bit dangerous ...

Thank bmarcoa
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