How to visit Semuc Champey & Lanquin

Semuc Champey, a remote, but very popular backpacker destination. Different levels of turquoise pools hidden in the lush jungle near Lanquin are the thing that draws travelers into the jungle. The limestone terraces with the bluest water flowing over them look truly magical. Like many others, I also decided to long bus ride was worth it and braved the 10 hour ride from Lake Atitlan. Let me tell you everything you need to know on how to visit to Semuc Champey.

When to visit Semuc Champey

The temperature is pleasant year round, but from December until April there’s less of a chance of rain. I was there during in januari during the high season, so I got beautiful warm and dry weather and I was surprised that it wasn’t crowded at all.

How to get to Semuc Champey from Lanquin

From your hotel walk into town and you’ll run into several trucks yelling ‘Semuc Champey’. Pay 25 Quetzals and hop 0n the back of one of them. Prepare for a bumpy ride. It takes about 50 minutes to get to Semuc Champey and locals also use the trucks as taxi’s so it may get pretty full in the back. The ride is an adventure in itself and to me quite a fun experience.

How to travel to Lanquin? (The town near Semuc Champey)

Most people will travel from Lake Atitlan, Flores or Antigua.

Lake Atitlan to Lanquin

There’s a daily shuttle from Panajachel. I was staying in San Pedro and had to take the 6:30 boat to Panajachel to make it in time for the 7:00 shuttle. The ride takes 10 hours and you can book it in your hostel or a tourist office.

Flores to Lanquin

Every morning at 8:00 there’s a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin. This ride takes around 9 hours.

Van Antigua naar Lanquin

The shuttle from Antigua leaves at 9.and also takes around 9 hours.