In The Way

Semuc Champey, Guatemala

This weekend we visited Semuc Champey, what some of the locals call, “Paradise Semuc Champey”. I wasn’t planning on going and doing the ‘tourist thing’, but Corey, fellow student for the semester, was sick to the point of being unable to go. This way, I went for about 1/2 of the original price. The whole weekend cost about $20.

The waterfall in the background had two very tall jumps around 70 feet! These rapids look tiny, but in reality, they were huge!Terrifyingly awesome!

It sure was beautiful. Straight out of a movie.

Here’s a picture to better understand the size of the waterfall.

This was after the two highest jumps I've ever made! Talk about heart-racing!

My favorite parts?

Thinking I could practice my Spanish with the driver on the 8 hour drive to Lanquin just to find out he speaks K’ekchi, an indigenous dialect. Cool to listen to, impossible to understand.

The second was the cave tour. By candlelight. While swimming through water. It was absolutely incredible, and difficult to describe. As the tour went on the candles got smaller and smaller. Some people’s candles started burning out, plus we were convinced that the guides headlight had died. This made the inside of the cave much more exciting, with little lighting, and no idea which way to go to the exit. It was awesome. We felt like the Goonies, exploring a dark cave with seemingly no end by flashlight. I was waiting for a killer snake to jump out of the water, but it didn’t happen.

Every cave I’ve ever been to has been very accessible, with ramps, wooden pathways, and a guide reminding you the fact taht stalactites hang from the top, just in case you couldn’t remember. This visit was completely hands on and completely unreal.

Not us, but you get the idea.

Guatemala has been unbelievably incredible with its volcanoes, waterfalls, caves, and lakes. Just beautiful.

Here are other blogs going into much better detail about the trip.

These blogs [re-wording edit] have great detail and incredible photos.

Evan Schiro’s Blog talks about the burning of the Devil and Semuc Champey. 

Rachel DeSimpelare’s talks about the trip there, and the end of our 3 1/2 long trip here in Guatemala. 

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3 thoughts on “Semuc Champey, Guatemala

  1. solideogloria23 on said:

    Living In The Way
    By David Shinabarger
    To be continued

    It’s a Haiku! Written by yours truly and Anika.

  2. Simply beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! It’s been a joy to read your blog … safe travels home!

  3. Kimberly Diéguez on said:

    Thanks for speaking so well of my beautiful country, I hope you come back soon

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