SEMUC CHAMPEY AND LANQUIN
SEMUC CHAMPEY AND LANQUIN:
Come with us on our Semuc Champey and Lanquin tour and discover beautiful nature, explore caves, and learn about Mayan mysticism. We’ll explore Semuc Champey, Guatemala’s picturesque limestone bridge of 6 tiered pools of turquoise water hidden deep in the jungle, explore Lanquin, the small pueblo nearby the park, its famous caves, and see the nearby Grutas de Rey Marcos, a sacred system of caves with an underground river.
After a 7 hour’s drive, we will arrive in Lanquin, the nearest pueblo to Semuc Champey. After enjoying a breakfast, we will transfer by 4×4 to the Semuc Champey nature preserve, home to a limestone bridge of 6 picturesque tiered pools of turquoise water hidden deep in the jungle. This park is filled with natural beauty, flora and fauna. We will begin our visit with a 45 minute hike to reach “El Mirador” – the park viewpoint – and enjoy a gorgeous bird’s eye view of the pools and the surrounding lush jungle. After descending from the viewpoint, we will enjoy free time to explore the natural pools and enjoy relaxation, swimming, and the surrounding nature.
After a lunch in the park, we will transfer back to Lanquin.
After checking into the hotel and freshening up, we will journey to the Cuevas de Lanquin, a series of natural limestone caves located just outside the town. The cave system, several kilometers long, is composed of numerous chambers, rooms and impressive natural formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Mayan ceremonies have been conducted here since ancestral times. We’ll explore the cave system and after watching the bats depart at dusk, an unforgettable sight, we will return to our hotel for the evening for dinner and free time.
Cobán and Las Cueva del Rey Marcos
After an early departure and a transfer of 2 hours, we will arrive in the town of Coban where will enjoy our breakfast at Santa Rita, a local restaurant. After our meal, we will transfer to the Grutas del Rey Marcos. This cave system features an underground river and natural stone formations created by the water. Mayan ceremonies have been conducted here since ancestral times and it is considered a mystical and sacred place with healing properties. Here we will explore the caves and learn about their history as well as modern day importance to the Mayans.
After lunch and free time to enjoy optional activities at the park, we will return to Antigua (5 hours’ drive).
· All transport (private bus and boat)
· Experienced, bilingual guide
· All tours, local guides, and workshop/entrance fees
What to bring
· Clothing, toiletries, and personal items needed for a 3 day excursion
· Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes
· Sun and rain protection (sunscreen, rain jacket, hat)
· Waterproof/swimming shoes
· Money for excluded meals, optional activities and souvenir shopping