You must visit Semuc Champey when in guatemala, and the most peaceful, comfortable, fully equiiped house in nearby Lanquin town is La Poza Riverside Guesthouse. The house was built next to the River with the aim to be an ideal location for a romantic getaway, a family vacation or as a base for a small group adventure outing. Set on 250m of riverbank on over 8000m2 of private land, in a breathtaking setting with views of the nearby mountains and the sound of the river from all rooms. The house sleeps up to 8 people in 4 queen size beds,and has a fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, living room, sauna, recreation room with DVDs & books, ping pong, wirelss internet, lounge decks, hammocks, yoga platform, BBQ, laundry and private parking for up to 3 cars. We guarantee that if you are looking for nature & adventure, you will find it in Lanquin and Semuc Champey, and if you desire peace & tranquility in a natural setting you will also love your stay at La Poza. The house is looked after by a friendly local couple, Hector and Elsa who are willing and able to help you with your needs during your stay with us. Please see our web site www.raxha-rentals.com for more info and photos on this cottage and another in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan.
Go to bed with the sound of the river , wake to the sound of the birds and take a dip in your private river before a vist to GuatemalaÂ´s hidden "jade paradise"- Semuc Champey. Matt the owner is more than willing to help you with your travel planning in Guatemala and with your plans to arrive to the Lanquin area. He has over 15 years experience in the tourism business in Guatemala and Lanquin and finds it a pleasure to make your visit to Guatemala as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Alta Verapaz is a department in the north central part of Guatemala. The capital and chief city of the department is Cobán. Lanquin is set in at the heart of the Alta Verapaz region, which is a region rich in natural beauty. The area is famous for its coffee production and for its green, lush rolling hills and stunning valleys.
Lanquín is situated at 380 m above sea level. It contains 16,500 people, many of Q'eqchi' Maya descent. It covers an area of 208 km².
A large cave complex, known as Grutas de Lanquín is situated just 1 km west of the town, and 11 km south of Lanquín is the Cahabón River and its natural monument Semuc Champey. Lanquín is often used as starting point for trips to Semuc Champey and the various majestic caves.
Many tourists that visit Semuc Champey say that it is the most spectacular natural attraction in Guatemala. It is a world wide unique attraction, set in a steep lush limestone valley where the River Cahabon passes through and sinks below the spring water filled crystal clear pools. The many pools that Semuc champey offers allows the visitor to bathe and explore all day long in peace, in what can only be descibed as paradise. There is a mirador hike that lends an incredible birds eyeview over the area, and occasionally even howler monkies may be seen, as well as a large number of tropical birds. No visit to the Lanquin area is complete without a visit to the Lanquin caves and the Kan´ba caves, both of which are spectacular in their own unique way.
Most visitors to Lanquin also express dellite in their trips in inflatable tubes down either the River Lanquin or River Cahabon. There are also opportunities to join a White water rafting trip down either of the rivers. The River Cahabon is Guatemala´s longest river and most famous rafted river, it emptys in to Guatemala´s largest lake, Lake Izabal near the Atlantic Coast.
Near to the hosue there are also hostels that allow the visitor to go out for a night to mix with the many tourists tthat visit the area, have some drinks and eat some fresh, well prepared international and Guatemalan food.
A popular past time at La Poza is bird spotting, due to the many tropical birds that visit the land and river. Occassionally as you swim in the river you may see small river otters pass by.
When the river is high it is possible to surf on the river with our surf board. This is done by holding on to a rope that is attached to a tree by the river. After a surfing the river, take a coctail in a hammok by the river then finish the day in our sauna, cool off with a dip and the river and then have the most peaceful sleep imaginable to the sound of the river outside your window.
Lanquin can be reached in private vehicle just 1.5hours from Coban, or in one of many shuttle buses from various parts of Guatemala. The house has private, secure parking for up to 3 cars.