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Guatemala: Lanquin and Semuc Champey

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The crinkly mountains of Verapaz form an almost Alpine-like transition zone between the chilly western highlands and the steamy jungles of the lowland Petén in northern Guatemala. It’s a damp, humid region suitable for the cultivation of coffee, and large fincas cover much of the territory around Cobán, the main town.

The influence of the Maya is less obvious here, and the region is considered to be off the beaten track by visitors: but it’s well worth a visit to the dozy Q’eqchi’ village of Lanquín, base for explorations of the limestone caves and dips in the turquoise pools at Semuc Champey.

Our insider tips for Lanquin and Semuc Champey

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Walking in the pretty countryside around Lanquín. So enchanting is the area that a former Journey Latin America tour leader made his home here and opened a hostel.

Hannah

Hannah Donaldson

Venturing into the Lanquín caves at dusk, when thousands of bats fly out in an agitated cloud to hunt by night.

Lina

Lina Fuller

It’s hidden away 9km south of Lanquín but once you arrive at the 300m long natural limestone bridge at Semuc Champey you’ll see above the bridge a series of stepped, picture-perfect aqua marine pools, so inviting for a dip.

What our experts say

This back of beyond remote area of Guatemala is especially gorgeous, with range upon range of thickly wooded mountains and friendly little communities. I visited here on a mountain biking trip, which was exciting and adventurous, but the bat caves and swimming in the aquamarine pools stand out as the highlights 

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

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