Explore the scenic outdoors on this five-day Guatemalan nature adventure. Get a first glimpse of the local flora and fauna at Ram Tzul, along with visiting a beautiful waterfall. Then, tour and swim in the iconic turquoise pools of Semuc Champey. Next, discover the caves in the Limestone Mountains of Candelaría, before touring Laguna Lachúa National Park and its unique ecosystem thriving with wildcats and exotic birds.

Highlights

  • Get acquainted with local flora and fauna at Ram Tzul
  • Swim in the pristine, turquoise pools of Semuc Champey
  • Tour the unique island ecosystem of La Laguna Lachúa

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Tour Ram Tzul Cobán
Day 2 Discover Semuc Champey Cobán
Day 3 Explore Candelaría Candelaría
Day 4 Tour Laguna Lachúa Candelaría
Day 5 Travel to Guatemala City  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Tour Ram Tzul

Ram Tzul, Alta Verapaz
Ram Tzul,

This morning, wake up early in Guatemala City for the 4 am departure to Cobán. Around 11 am, embark on an adventure through Ram Tzul, a nature reserve that is down the road from Purulhá. Enjoy an up-close visit with the native flora and fauna and the beautiful waterfall.

Enjoy lunch at the onsite restaurant, and then explore the nearby cloud forest reserve, along with other nearby reserves, including the Biotopo del Quetzal, which offers the opportunity to see the local bird in its natural habitat.

Following exploration in Ram Tzul, continue on to Cobán. Check in to your accommodations, and the evening will be at your leisure.

Day 2: Discover Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey, Alta Verapaz
Semuc Champey

Depart on a day trip to Semuc Champey at 8 am. This prime attraction is a well-known natural landmark in Guatemala. Semuc Champey’s shallow staircase of turquoise pools can be viewed atop the natural limestone bridge, which is nearly 100 feet above the water. On the way, expect a vehicle change to a 4x4 in Lanquín, prior to reaching Semuc Champey.

While at Semuc Champey, you can engage in the following activities:

  • Hike to the El Mirador viewpoint, which is a 45-minute excursion
  • Go for a swim and do some diving in the refreshing pools
  • Enjoy a river tubing excursion down the Cahabón River
  • Explore the K’an Ba Cave and climb the 10-foot waterfall

Following the day trip, return to Cobán and enjoy the evening on your own.

Day 3: Explore Candelaría

The caves of Candelaría
The caves of Candelaría

This morning, begin the transfer from Cobán to Candelaría. At 11:30 am, arrive at Limestone Mountains in Northern Alta Verapaz, which is full of caves to discover. Go on a tubing excursion through the complex and intriguing cavern system.

Following the activity, check into your accommodations in Candelaría, and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Day 4: Tour Laguna Lachúa

Laguna Lachúa
Laguna Lachúa

Today, depart at 8 am for a day trip to the Laguna Lachúa National Park. The park consists of a circular lagoon surrounded by a dense, tropical jungle. About 1.2 miles in diameter and 650 feet deep, the lake is home to an abundance of animal species, including jaguars, pumas, and tapirs. In fact, there are 300 species of birds, alone. It is an ecological island of sorts, like a patch of forest floating in the water. From the banks, look for the peak of La Sultana.

At the visitor center, you can learn more about the surrounding hiking trails. Rent a canoe to explore the waters or string up a hammock and relax by the tranquil lake.

Following your trip to the lake, the evening will be on your own to enjoy more of Candelaría.

Day 5: Leaving from Candelaria & Experience Guatemala City

Guatemala City
Guatemala City

Depart early in the morning, at 4 am, for Guatemala City. In the early afternoon, take a guided tour. Experience Guatemala’s capital and largest city. Located in the southern-central area of Guatemala, within the Valle de la Ermita (Hermitage Valley) mountain valley, the city hosts the largest populous in all of Central America. Divided into 22 zones, the city is also home to many museums and archeological sites, as well as a large market.

This concludes your Guatemalan adventure. Plan to continue exploration on your own, or book your departure flight out of Guatemala City, depending on your preference.

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Map of Guatemala Adventure: Ram Tzul, Semuc Champey, Candelaría, & Laguna Lachúa - 5 Days
Map of Guatemala Adventure: Ram Tzul, Semuc Champey, Candelaría, & Laguna Lachúa - 5 Days