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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Tessa
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    Hello! I really loved this article and the way you told the story! Felt like I was there with you (and terrified)!

    I had a similar kind of encounter with caves and darkness and everything like that in a little island called Niue in the South Pacific in 2014. If you’re ever there, try to find a guide to visit Vaikona Chasm. You have to hike from the road a few miles, then go down through a cave, and then on the other side, you have to balance across giant boulders that are stuck in the chasm until you finally reach the ground…or, shall I say water…finally, you can swim under the rock face into the pools in the caves. This was the scariest part for me because I hate being underwater! If you’re up for it and are very limber, you can navigate though different passageways in the caves. The only way back is how you came!

    Anyway, I’m glad I found this as it reminded me of the best day of my life in Vaikona Chasm, I could feel the cold cave water as I read your blog! Hope you get a chance to visit Niue one day and I’d like to visit Guatemala too!

    Best Wishes!

  2. Silvia
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    This is a great read , Thank you so much for all the wonderful information . I’m headed of to Guatemala in June and was wondering what would be more beneficial taking the tour from the city or straight from Antigua , I have a week so time is key , Would you reommend taking it straight from the city ?

  3. Jessica
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    Hi Jo, I am planning a 1-2 month trip to Guatemala this upcoming summer. Your post was very informative, and I would love to hear if you have any other recommendations for places to see/do in Guatemala.
    Thanks in advance

  4. Tim
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    Jo – great post, equal parts enticing and deterring…

    I know it probably wasn’t your intention for readers to get hung up on this one description, but I’ve got to ask: with as much objectivity as you can offer in hindsight, how dangerous was that blind jump through that “slither of a crack between two cave walls”?

    I am finalizing my itinerary for Guatemala now and would really like to do this!

    Thanks in advance

  5. Erick Saul
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    What a great read! Jo, you’re hilarious, witty and informative. I travel as part of my job (trunkshow host onboard luxury cruise ships) and I was planning on starting a blog, as a hobby at first. Your blog has been so useful and extremely entertaining.

    Thanks for sharing!


  6. Alexandra
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    Hi Jo!
    Great post, thanks for sharing your adventure! I am about to leave on a backpacking trip around Central America and will definitely be stopping by Semuc Champey. I was wondering what tour company you used? And would you recommend them? A friend said not to bother with a tour here, to just explore on my own, but I am a bit tentative. I’d love your opinion. Also, is there anywhere in particular you feel I absolutely need to go?

  7. Annie
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    Awesome read! Thanks for sharing. I am planning my trip for this upcoming March-April. This will be mine and my husbands first adventure on our own and I am a bit nervous. Is there anything you recommend us keeping eye out for, or anything else that you think is a must do? Also, how long (days) was the trip to Semuc Champey from Antigua?

  8. Fabian
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    a great read, thanks for sharing! Very insightful as I am planning my trip to Guatemala 🙂

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