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Jul 8, 2012 - Semuc Champey

Well after about 3 weeks in San Pedro it was time to say goodbye.I was actually supposed to say goodbye about 3 days ago but my arm was twisted to stay a few days longer,but today was my day to go.San Pedro is a fun place to be.There’s a little something for everyone,but the nightlife here will take it’s toll on you after a few weeks.The food is great,the booze is cheap,and the place is full of great people,so it was hard to say goodbye. After my last late night I had an 8:30am bus to catch for my 14 hour journey to Semuc Champey.I was to...

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Hola Mis Amigos!

Feb 3, 2011 - Flores, Tikal, Lanquin: Guatemala

FLORES We arrived fairly late in this tiny little town called Flores. It has bright houses and buildings and cobbled streets and feels very European. The town is situated on an island in the middle of a lake and is very small- we walked around it in about 20 min! After arriving and getting settled and showered we joined up with our friend Stuart (Dutch) for a super chilled dinner on the lake’s edge. A note about the showers: this was our first experience with what Stuart calls “electric shock showers” which means that there are two cables...

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Feb 3, 2011 - Lanquin, Semuc Champey

The 1st Feb we had an 8 hour shuttle bus trip to Lanquin. It turns out a shuttle bus is a van that they cram 12+ people into, with no air con and no leg room. Brendan was ridiculously uncomfortable and I was lucky enough to sit next to a couple who spent the entire bus trip touching each other inappropriately...luckily there was another group of Aussies and Swedes on the bus and we formed a group that travelled around together for the next couple of stops. We got to Lanquin and found an amazing river front resort (El Retiro) where we had...

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Apr 7, 2009 - Guatemala: Semuc Champey

We arrived in Semuc Champey a few days ago. Semuc is located around the centre of Guatemala and is said to be the most beautiful spot in the country so we had high expectations! We spent the first couple of nights in a hostal located right next to the park entrance, which was fantastically peaceful until three Guatemalan families turned up with about 15 kids and put up a tent next to our room. Although relatively quiet on arrival after they were jacked up on mountain dew they ran round screaming all night – lovely! As you would expect...

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Feb 4, 2009 - A Guatemalan Back Road Adventure

Well there was no change in weather today except it might be just a little colder. We loaded up and I checked our planned route to Flores with the lady at the front desk. My concern was that my map showed this route as being only partially paved with a 50-60 km section of dirt road. No, she assured me, the road to Flores is totally paved now. One thing that is common in our experience in Guatemala is the complete absence of directional signs in most towns or cities. Typically, the highways you are on with simply dissolve when you hit the...

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Jul 7, 2008 - Lanquin, Guatemala

After a few days in the Highlands I was ready to get back to civilization...but it wasn't easy! I had a 3-hr bus ride out of Todos Santos and then had to take a series of mini buses through the mountains and over to central Guatemala. It was a grueling 10-hr day of travel made even more painful because the road had recently washed out and I had to hike with my pack up hill about 2km to catch another bus. The pictures tell all here...I was the only foreigner for the entire 10-hr journey! When I finally made it to Lanquin I realized it was...

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Jul 3, 2008 - Semuc Champey and Lanquin

Hey guys! Sorry it has taken me forever to write in this thing. I spent this past weekend in Semuc Champey and Lanquin which was so much fun! At first, I regreted taking the trip because it was rainy, cold, in the middle of nowhere, and I was in a crowded van for 8 hours just to get there. I ended up meeting some really cool people though and Sunday turned out to be amazing weather. Semuc Champey is situated within the mountainous area of north Guatemala. The town we were in is really tiny and in the middle of nowhere. People there are...

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Apr 25, 2008 - Lanquin

Lanquin is a small town in the middle of Guatemala alongside a river and surronded by mountains. People here are amongst the most friendly i have ever encountered. Miles fom city life, this place is slow paced but has so much to do. We rented some doughnut tubes and floated down the river though some mild rapids. The hostel was similar to the one in Rio Dulce but much more open. The mix of travlers here was great. Americans, Canadians, Israeli´s, Aussies, Dutch, Danish and Spanish. We had a good time playing giant Jenga with a dare on each...

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Central America 2008

Jun 20, 2007 - Semuc champey, a great hostel and 3 massive nights. Oh and the pools where great as well

We had been told by at least 4 people that Semuc Champey is the highlight in guatemala and in particular to stay at El Retiro... well we took their advice and got to Semuc Champey after getting a private shuttle. Basically me and Geoff to get anyway find a random guatemalan guy and if he says he will drive us somewhere, we pay him a wad of cash, take back a hand written ticket and hope that he turns up... so far we havent had any problems... The hostel at Semuc was fantastic. These largish cabins on a river with a big bar and restuarant......

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Return To OZ

Feb 5, 2007 - Lanquin: Lounging in Lanquin

"Don't be out in the streets after dark especially after 9pm" is the advise everyone gives you, even the locals, so why is it that at 330am I find myself standing in the street with my bags and an imaginary neon sign saying "Rob me!". Luckily I haven't lost track of totally all my senses and I have the metal gate of the house half open in case I should need to do a heroic dash for safety. Reason for all this is that I have booked a 330am pickup for a bus to Guatemala City a.k.a. Gangsta City and looks like they aren't coming. "Sorry, we...

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EZ Duz it!

Apr 17, 2005 - Parts of this entry not affecting the outcome have been omitted...

Friday 15.04.05 I was in bed scarcely an hour before I was woken by Maike and Rolf, and before long we were sandwiched aboard another Chicken Bus to Guatemala City, this time bound ultimately for Lanquin in the heart of Guatemala. Although the initial four hour coach ride from Guatemala City offered greater comfort than the vinyl-benched Chicken Buses (and an absence of drowsy Mayans), I failed to procure the repose I was so desperately lacking in. And on the two hour minivan transfer to Lanquin, we were once again packed together as if we...

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