If you ask me, Lanquin (Guatemala) is a little place of heaven right here on earth. It’s a long trip to get here, especially the last eleven kilometres because you will have a VERY bumpy road. I actually loved it, because it gives you the feeling that you’re really in the middle of nowhere. Once you arrived in lanquin there will be people waiting for you to bring you to one of the hostels. We stayed at Zephyr Lodge and this place is absolutely breathtaking. This lodge is on the top of one of the highest hills which give amazing views both sides of the hostel in the valley. And the infinity pool (and jacuzzi) increases the wow effect. I will let the pictures speak for themselves. And even the bathrooms are amazing, because they are open at one side, which give you an amazing view while you’re showering.
At the time we went there it was not possible to make a reservation for a room, so you have to go up there and check if there’s room. But I think you’ll have to be very unlucky if you’re not ending up with a bed, so don’t let that stop you! The village Lanquin is very little so be prepared to eat all your food at the lodge. They have a really nice menu, especially for breakfast (the french toast is heaven) and the food is very affordable so you won’t mind.
The biggest reason most travellers go to this area of Guatemala is the amazing national park Semuc Champey. And if you’re travelling to Guatemala this place should be high on your list! You can book a day tour at the hostel, where they will bring you to the park by car (it’s one hour away from the lodge). At Semuc Champey you start your day with a little hike in a cave which is amazing! You will holding a candle which is your only light and you will be into the cold water upto your shoulders sometimes and even have to swim sometimes. The cave is really beautiful and at the end of the cave you can jump of a big rock into the water. After the cave adventure you can jump into the river from a giant swing!
At our tour there was a barbecue included, which was made by local Guatemalan women, so make sure to take some money if you want to enjoy this food. The next part is the amazing park Semuc Champey itself. You will hike all the way up (read: a lot of stairs haha), but the view will be worth it! After that you can jump into the beautiful blue water and relax a bit. Everything together makes your trip to Semuc Champey a perfect day.