Traveling on a Dime: Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey

Two days ago I got a phone call from a friend who asked me how to get to Semuc Champey, “I’ve never been there” he tells me.
Well, now I’m going to have to share what I told him, yeah, he is traveling on a Guatemalan budget.

First you take a bus to Coban from Downtown Guatemala City (Q35), the bus leaves you a the Terminal in Coban, where you have two options: You can either spend the day in Coban, find a cheap hotel for about Q100 and eat some churrasco at the park for Q15 and have some “Barrilito”, a Guatemalan liquor only sold on this city. And next morning very early take a minibus to the town of Lankin. Option two: up on arrival you find a bus to Lankin, I prefer to spend the day in Coban, that way one can get to Semuc Champey early and spend a whole day there.
The bus to the town of Lankin shouldn’t be more than Q20.
Here is the catch, if you think you can drive to Semuc Champey, the last 5 kilometers to the town of Lankin are on a very steep and narrow road, not apt for inexperience drivers. And! And, from the town of Lankin to Semuc Champey it is a short 5 kilommeters on a very bad, narrow, steep, full of potholes road. There are 4×4 vehicles at the town that will take you to Semuc Champey for Q30 roundtrip. You can find accommodations (Q100)on the town of Lankin if you arrive late and want to head to Semuc early in the morning.
Also if you spend the day in Lankin, a short 20 minutes walk from downtown are the caves of Lankin, a beautiful cave complex worth exploring.

Food, on the town of Lankin you’ll find some inexpensive food joints, nothing fancy on this town, good to save money!
And about 1 Kilometer from the entrance to the park Semuc Champey, there is a “comedor” a place that sells food on the side of the road. Their portions are big and made fresh, a good meal here is Q20.

Make sure you bring a small cooler with a six-pack of your favorite beer (Q50), humidity is very high and you’ll be needing them cold beers. I know, some would recommend water, your choice…

Entrance fee to the park if I remember correctly: Q15

Eli’s style, two days one night for about Q500, or $65
Semuc Champey

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  • NYChapin

    Not bad at all Eli. What kind of suggestions do you have for high end hotels or lodges around Semuc or Lankin? I’m trying to stay away from the hotels with college kids partying loudly and late into the night and won’t mind to pay the extra $ for a quiet and comfortable place.

    • Yeah Elí, lots of us are not mochileros. You have to provide options for the rest of us.

      • Elí Orozco

        Well Rudy, I guess I’m gonna have to go back to Semec Champey and do research on luxury places. Now is an assignment.

  • Elí Orozco

    I’m very sorry guys, I don’t usually frequent those places. I prefer the ambiance and the interactions one gets at cheap hotels.
    And to be honest, I did not see anything luxurious around Semuc Champey. The Town of Lankin is very small and humble. Not much development there.
    There is a hotel downtown for Q150 per night, nothing luxurious but you don’t see those crowds of youngsters partying all night long.