Depart Antigua on Day 1 to the small village of Lanquin. Take a day trip to visit the Semuc Champey National Park and Kanba Caves on Day 2, famous for limestone waterfalls. Hike through the caves of Kanba, filled with extraordinary limestone formations. Enjoy free time to swim in the crystalline waters of Semuc Champey, where you will find natural pools filled with mountain spring water above a 300-meter long limestone bridge, immersed in a pristine jungle setting. Return to the colonial city of Antigua on Day 3, where your adventure comes to an end.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Shuttle Antigua - Lanquin
Depart Antigua at 8:00 hrs and travel on a shuttle to Lanquin in the heart of Guatemala arriving around 16:00 hrs. Overnight at your accommodation in Lanquin.
Day 2: Kanba Caves & Semuc Champey Day Trip
Take a hike through the mysterious caves of Kanba (activity at your own risk) which are filled with extraordinary limestone formations distributed among an endless stretch of different chambers (so far, the end of the cave system has not yet been discovered) housing a sharp pointed rock altar where ancient Maya once performed sacred rituals. The Maya people of Guatemala continue holding spiritual ceremonies here and believe that the cave is the "heart of heaven" where the secrets of many centuries are held.
Enjoy free time to swim and go river tubing in the crystalline waters of Semuc Champey where there are natural pools filled with fresh mountain spring water above a 300-meter long limestone bridge. Flowing underneath the bridge is the Cahabón River where you will have time to swim in the cool waters in a beautiful natural surrounding immersed in native flora and fauna. At the end of the bridge you will visit waterfalls over 40-feet in height where the water from the pools rejoins the Cahabon River. The color of the water is constantly changing depending on factors such as the season, sun and rainfall, a characteristic of the national park that makes this place an idyllic and awe-inspiring setting to experience and take photographs.
*Important Note: Participation in these activities is 100% at your own risk. You can choose to participate in them if you wish, but you must understand that they can be dangerous due to the unstable nature of the landscape. You are responsible for your own safety while participating in these activities. Use caution while hiking in the caves and swimming in the waterfalls, wear comfortable shoes or hiking sandals and bring an extra flashlight to light the way. Bring a towel and warm clothing to wear after the activity. If you have any concerns about your ability to complete this activity, please do not participate.
Overnight at your accommodation in Lanquin.
Day 3: Shuttle Lanquin - Antigua
Make your return trip from Lanquin to Antigua on a shuttle departing at 08:00 hrs, arriving back to Antigua around 16:00 hrs.
Suggested Packing List: Comfortable walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, sun hat, sunblock, sunglasses, personal items, personal medications, small day pack, water bottle, camera, charger. For the Kanba Caves Tour: Please bring your own flashlight or torch and wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking sandals that can get wet if you choose to participate in the Kanba Caves hike.
Note: Please be aware that transportation in Guatemala is often informal and unregulated. Drivers may try to squeeze in few more passengers than allowed to gain extra income. But rest assured that this is culturally very normal and that they will always get you safely to your destination.