After a long day traveling on the bumpy and curvy roads of Guatemala, we finally reached Lanquin. A small village situated in a beautiful green valley of coffee, cacao and cardamon plantations. We stayed at the very well situated Retiro hostel where we could relax close to the river.
The next day we decided to hike the 10 km between Lanquin and Semuc Champey. A deep dive in the rural life of Guatemala. People are having a very simple life, in basic accommodation, however despite the poverty we only met very happy and friendly people. Especially the children were very interested seeing us but at the same time shy. It is a striking difference compared to Europe, to make the day/week of a child with a lolly or crayons.
After this great hike between coffee, cacao, bananas and cardamon plantations, we reached Semuc Champey. A natural wounder where in a sharp canyon, calk terraces forming blue green pools are undergone by a wild river. The place is magical by its peacefulness and beauty.
We spent our last day at the local market and at our hostel, tanking up some vitamins, swimming in the river and relaxing.
Due to the fact that it is very difficult to find proper fuel for our camping kitchen I also took the time to built a new camping burner for the case Christine cannot find safe food. I have been missing building stuff!