Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Semuc Champey

After my couple of days relaxing in the sun, I decided it was time to do something a little more active & booked on a trip to Semuc Champey.

When we arrived our first stop was a 1 hour trek (!) to a viewing point of the natural limestone bridge & turquoise pools that Semuc Champey is famous for. The first photo shows the view, which made the hike pretty worthwhile! Even more worthwhile was the way down because we got to swim and explore the pools.

After lunch the real fun began with a bat cave tour in the pitch black with only candle light to help!
Inside there were some parts where you could walk, but mostly you have to swim whilst keeping your candle in the air in 1 hand the whole time! Oh and the water was bloody freezing!!

The cave was literally like an assault course in the dark with rock climbing, rope ladders and stepping stones all with bats flying around above your head... It was pretty insane!

It took about and hour to get to the centre and back to the entrance, by which time everyones candles were completely burnt out - eeeeeek!

It was a really long day as I left the hostel at 8am and didn't get back until 7.30pm - by which time I was shattered and headed to bed about 9pm!