Guatemala Lanquin and Semuc Champey
The crinkly, temperate mountains of Verapaz are perfect for the cultivation of coffee, and are dotted with large traditional fincas.
The crinkly mountains of Verapaz form an almost Alpine-like transition zone between the chilly western highlands and the steamy jungles of the lowland Petén in northern Guatemala. It’s a damp, humid region suitable for the cultivation of coffee, and large fincas cover much of the territory around Cobán, the main town.
The influence of the Maya is less obvious here, and the region is considered to be off the beaten track by visitors: but it’s well worth a visit to the dozy Q’eqchi’ village of Lanquín, base for explorations of the limestone caves and dips in the turquoise pools at Semuc Champey.
Where to go when - our guide to Lanquin and Semuc Champey
The weather in Lanquin and Semuc Champey is wide and varied
This off-the-beaten-track area of limestone caves and turquoise pools forms the transition zone between the chilly western highlands and the steamy jungles of the lowland Petén in northern Guatemala. It’s a damp, humid region suitable for the cultivation of coffee, and large fincas cover much of the territory around Cobán, the main town.View our Lanquin and Semuc Champey weather guide
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