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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. 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 ?

  2. How Not to Visit Semuc Champey, Guatemala - Part 1 - Indiana Jo
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  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
    Erick Saul at | | Reply

    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
    Fabian at | | Reply

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

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