Quiriguá and Semuc Champey, Sept. 11

Slowly but surely we get to know all the major and minor sights in the surrounding area where we work. Who would like to spend the whole weekend on a site with 150 bored teenage girls and no electricity?

One weekend we went to Quiriguá, an archaeological site and a small village by the same name. There aren’t any huge temples, but a collection of finely carved stelaes with apparently the tallest one in the Mayan world. Nice. Just as attractive as the ancient Mayan stones were the fantastic Japanese dinners served at Posada de Quiriguá by the lovely Japanese owner!

The other weekend we dared to do the arduous trip from Río Dulce to Semuc Champey in the mountains of Alta Verapaz. As the crow flies it’s probably less than 100km, but it took us six hours in a minivan on muddy, slippery and steep mountain tracks. Semuc Champey is a pretty spectacular formation of clear limestone pools and the river Cahabón roaring underneath in a tunnel. As usual, let the photos speak for themselves.

 

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Some stories of two Europeans in Guatemala and Vietnam: travelling, volunteering, working, learning… with lots of pictures. Enjoy!

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