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Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Guatemala  , Alta Verapaz,
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In the middle of the jungle in the heart of Guatemala is a little town called Lanquin. The draw card for the area is the Lanquin Caves and the Semuc Champey!

We arrive at our destination on a ute where the 20 or so tourists standing on the back pile off. At the entrance of the caves we are painted up with war paint, then handed a candle and told to not let them go out. Swimming through water whilst holding the candle in the air is do-able but keeping it alive whilst climbing up a waterfall, that's near on impossible! Once we are deep in the cave the guide tells us to blow all the candles out. He leads us to a spot in need of a climb to get to before telling us to jump! Do we trust the guide? We jumped! Landing safely in a pool of water below, I was pretty relieved! With the heart still racing from the excitement of the caves we are lead to a giant river rope swing and a 10m high bridge. The swing was a little daunting. If you didn't let go when the guide yelled 'JUMP' there is every possible chance of serious injury when landing on a pile of boulders in the same proximity. We took the chance first with the Canadian boys yelling 'CRAZY AUSTRALIANS' before taking the plunge themselves.
The bridge.. The bloody bridge.. Standing on the edge for 10 mins, I let the my nerves get the better of me and I lost the will to jump. Soloman on the other hand jumped 3 times off the highest part and gained the title of King Soloman!

We topped all that off with a spectacular afternoon at the Semuc Champey, a truely beautiful area! We spend the afternoon there with the guide climbing up and sliding down the waterfalls like a monkey as we all followed closely behind.
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Sian on

Man this place looks amazzzzzzing! Like a bit of heaven on earth :)

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