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Oct 3, 2008 - Samuc Champey - are we still alive?

October 01-03 Throughout the entire time in Guatemala all we hear is "you have to see Samuc Champey...it´s amazing". So of course, we just gotta' see this place, right. Welllll, everyone failed to tell us what a TREK it was to get here! It went something like this.... Day 1 San Pedro --- shuttle bus to Antigua (you have to back track due to infrastructure) --- 5 hours Antigua --- coach bus to Coban --- 5 hours Overnight stay in Coban Day 2 Coban --- shuttle bus to Samuc Champey --- 3 hours down scary, windy, single lane mountains with...

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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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May 13, 2008 - Antigua to Santa Cruz Verapaz

This was the toughest day of the rally so far. Guatemala is incredibly mountainous and we experienced plenty of them. Starting at 1600m at Antigua we quickly climbed up to 2100. Fortunately the air was cool and so were we. We were making good progress, despite the regular stops to cross the sleeping policemen at each village and arrived at a town where our instructions were to turn left. Immediately we were greeted by someone telling us that this was the wrong route and we assumed our colleagues had carried on. In town there was no other...

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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

Mar 11, 2008 - Semuc-Champey y las grotas

Nous sommes parties très tôt de Coban, pour faire la route d'environ trois heures avec les transports collectifs vers Semuc-Champey. Je vous assure que voyager comme les gens du pays, ce n'est pas ce qu'il y a de plus facile. Dans des mini-bus d'une capacitée de 14 personnes, on se retrouve souvent plus de 20. Il y a des gens partout, et on ne peut pas toujours être assis. Bref, c'est vraiment éprouvant, les transports locaux mais ce n'est pas très chère. Remarquez ici qu'il y a un prix pour les touristes et un prix pour les locaux... Des...

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Mar 8, 2008 - Coban

Bon Coban, qu'en dire... Le premier jour, du à l'incroyable chaleur je suis tombée raide écraser par la chaleur. J'ai dormi comme un bébé. Le jour suivant c'était la grande pluie. Nous voulions visiter une plantation de café mais c'était impossible en raison du mauvais temps. Une autre journée pas mal tranquille. Le lendemain nous sommes allées à Seamuc-Champey en croyant que l'unique manière de s'y rendre était de vivre à Coban. On s'était bien trompées, il y a des petits hébergements pas trop dispendieux et la ville est agréable et...

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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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Apr 27, 2007 - Semuc Champey

We've just been to a lovely place in the hilly highlands of Guatamala. Semuc Champey is a natural limestone bridge that spans a torrent river and forms blue-green pools on top that are great for smimming in. Its really beautiful, in the middle of the lush highlands where locals where their traditional clothing and all the man carry machetes. We stayed at El Retiro, by a river that you can while away a few hours floating down on an innertube. Nice. I met 3 other English lads who were up for watching the 1st leg of the Man U - Milan game. We...

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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!

Nov 11, 2006 - Semuc Champay

Hey guys, just got back to civilisation this morn, we have been in the jungle for a couple of days. We heard about some caves and pool formations so decided to take a look. Only problem was they were 4hrs into the jungle by dirt road! We took the only bus that goes out there once a day and it was packed as usual. There were alot of little villages and single houses on the way but it was very primative. Our hostel was about as far along the track as you could go. There was no electricity or water out there so they had a generator which...

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Nov 9, 2006 - Coban

Hey amigos, hope all is well with you. We have moved south again to the big town of Coban, its quite a traveller town as you can access popular excursions to caves, rivers, pools and waterfalls. We had another gruelling chicken bus ride, 6hrs this time! But we had a seat, it made alot of difference but had to be at the bus stop at 6am for it! Man this travelling around the world lark involves alot of early starts!!! After only two months of travel we have had our first and second kit tradgadies!! (Sorry we can't spell that and can't think...

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