SEMUC CHAMPEY

SEMUC CHAMPEY
On Friday 27/12/2013 we travelled from Flores to a place high in the jungle and clouds named Semuc Champey, a national park. It took us about 9 hours to get there. This journey is the worst one so far for me.Why? Because it was mostly winding roads so that made me sick and I was already ill. When we were about 9 km off our "hotel" the road started to get worse and worse with big chunks of road missing and it was starting to go dark. The place where we were staying had a few huts and a restaurant with a good menu and tasty food. Our hut was a 2nd floor one and it had a massive hole for a window (no glass over it) and 1 bed and some shelves and a door in the floor that you had to slide to close and open. We stayed here for 3 nights and on the 4th we left.
Saturday 28/12/2013
The best thing about where we are staying is that it is really close to the main attraction,the natural pools. It is only 5 minutes to the entrance of the nature reserve and you had to pay 50 quetzales each. On the way to the nature reserve you always get local people trying to sell you raw chocolate and these are the cacoa pods.Image When you walk another 10 minutes or so you will see the natural pools. These pools are magical and stunning, theres some small waterfalls and pools to swim in. But before we went in we went to the “mirador”( Spanish word for view point) but we didn’t take my brother up because it was very slippery.Image It takes about 45 minutes to get to the top which was really steep. But when you get to the top it’s worth it,it’s one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. You can see all the mountains and all the pools at the bottom and the river going away into the distanceImage. It only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get back down. It is a really good idea to go in the pools after you have walked the view point because it’s really fresh and after a long and steep walk it’s brilliant. We spent all day in the pools.When we was coming back to the hotel we saw a few monkeys in trees.Image

Sunday 29/12/2013
Today we changed rooms to a better one that was out of the way and had a view of the river with a hammock and bathroom and 2 beds.Image After that we went back to the pools and brought our bags to a dry spot in the middle of the pools so we could all swim at the same time.Image We went in with our masks and snorkels but we got told off by a security man(it might be because there is jewellery in the water). We also went down slides(of the waterfalls) which was good and to finish our day off me and the ultimate traveller went tubing! Tubing is sitting in the inner tube of a tyre with your legs above the ring and you float down the river,I loved it! We floated down the river 2 km(1mile and 1/4). At the end the ultimate traveller jumped off a 20 meters high bridge into the river below.

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