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  1. Gene
    Gene at | | Reply

    very cool!
    in which month did you visit semuc?
    i heard it can be chilly/cold to swim in january.

  2. Brek Thornton
    Brek Thornton at | | Reply

    I have been to Semuc Champey several times and it was absolutely fantastic. I would advise renting your own vehicle and driving through on your own with a map or GPS. The buses are absolutely terrible. You can also get there through Senahu and Chulac. Both are great rides with incredible views. 4×4 vehicles are required for that trip.

    1. Beachie
      Beachie at | | Reply

      Hi, was it easy to rent a 4×4? Ive heard nightmares about car rentals. and I am embarrassed to say I can’t drive manual, will that be another problem?
      and does anyone know of a 3-4day camping trip in Semuc Champey or along the volcanos around Antigua?
      Thank you!

  3. Anilsa
    Anilsa at | | Reply

    Hi Jo , so after reading many posts on the safety in Guatemala I’m a bit nervous about going. Nevertheless I do want to go. I want to know how did you arrange ( or through where ) your travel from Guatemala City to Antigua. I’ve read a lot of posts about carjackings . Thanks!

  4. carlygolightly
    carlygolightly at | | Reply

    Heading here next, it looks amazing, thanks for the advice.

  5. Mariah Henderson
    Mariah Henderson at | | Reply

    Hey Jo! I was wondering what bus service you used to get to Semuc Champey and how far in advance you bought your tickets? Love you site by the way! 🙂


  6. jennifer
    jennifer at | | Reply

    Hi, I am going to be traveling here with some friends for spring break and I was wondering how deep the lakes are and if you have to be able to swim or tread water throughout the tour? How deep are the pools of water? I am a terrible swimmer and can barely tread water, so I would like to know what to expect.

    I know, i should get better, but any help is greatly appreciated!

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