semuc champey

‘Was it worth the hassle?’ After a boat trip, bus trip, border crossings, a night stop over at a hostel, bank-card thievery, another day of bus rides on bumpy roads and mountain side flat tyres, all the while nursing my travel companion who was out of her brain on strong medication to combat the allergic reaction to the worst case of bed bug bites in history? ‘Yeah, I’d say it was worth it’. 

Sitting between the steep high mountains of Alta Verapaz is the Cahabón River in Guatemala. Somewhere along this winding and rushing torrent of moving water, the river splits and drops off into the black chasms and caves underground. Of which, can be somewhat travelled through with the knowledge of a local guide. Leaving above ground, 300m of slow flowing and randomly shaped limestone turquoise pools. Yosemite National Park in the US, Cappadocia in Turkey, the Fjords in Norway, Machu Picchu in Peru and Semuc Champey have been those places that you stand back and say how the heck did this happen? Crossed between a scene out of the Garden of Eden and a clip out of Lord of the Rings, it proved to be a place that was definitely worth the hassle. If you get the chance to visit, make sure you trek back out of the park and buy lunch from the local mammas who cook up a mean BBQ.