How to get from Antigua to Semuc Champey

How to get from Antigua to Semuc Champey

Need to get from Antigua to Semuc Champey? If you want to get to the natural wonder that is Semuc Champey you are going to have to work for it! Most people stop at Semuc on route to Tikal from Antigua, or vice versa.

So here’s my guide to getting from Antigua to Semuc Champey.

How to get from Antigua to Semuc Champey

The cheap way to get Antigua to Semuc Champey (like a local)

Head to the bus terminal by the market and take a chicken bus to Guatemala City

  1. From Guatemala City, you will need to get a bus to Coba
  2. From Coba, you will need to get a bus to Lanquin

Note: These are not easy changes, you will have to ask the locals for help finding the next bus you need and you may need to walk a few blocks to find the stop.

Travel Time: It will likely be in excess of 12 hours and cost should be around 100Q

Cost: Around 100Q

Unless your Spanish is good and you don’t mind being crammed on a chicken bus traveling through the Jungle in sweltering heat with some friendly Guatemalans practically sat on you I’d give this option a miss.

The “normal” way to get from Antigua to Semuc Champey

By far the quickest and easiest way to get to Semuc Champey for Antigua. There are daily shuttles that leave at 8 am (9 am by the time you have driven around picking everyone up!) and they cost around 150Q. Any of the travel agents in town can organize this for you or ask at the reception of your hotel/ hostel. If you prefer to be organized and book online then book your transport and tours through GuateGo. You can even book your tour to Semuc through them.

They will pick you up from your hotel or hostel and drop you in Lanquin. From there will be a free pickup waiting to take you to one of the hotels either in Lanquin or Semuc.

Travel Time: They will tell you 8 hours…expect 9-10 hours

Cost: 125-150Q

Top Tip: Another good option is to book a full package: 2 nights and 3 days in Semuc including transport, accommodation and the tour. They will pick you up in Antigua and drive you until Semuc Champey, the next day you will do Semuc and Kamba caves and on the third day you can choose to go to Flores or return to Antigua.

The luxury 5* way

Sorry, just kidding, there isn’t a nice way to get here….like I said if you want to see Semuc Champey you are going to have to work for it!

 

How to get from Antigua to Semuc Champey

 

Final Thoughts

If you are going to be visiting Semuc Champey make sure you read my blog post on it

Planning a Trip to Guatemala? You might be interested in these articles:

How to get from Guatemala City to Antigua

Is it safe to visit Guatemala? Safety Advice for Solo Female Travelers

The night I thought I was going to die in Guatemala

Things to know before visiting Antigua, Guatemala

11 things to know before visiting Guatemala

The Top 5 Tours in Guatemala | The Best Tours in Guatemala in Guatemala

 

 

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  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
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  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. José

    Hi, i really like your insights and the usefull information you provide other travelers, and as i was reading through i noticed the prices that travel agencies charge for the shuttle bus to Lanquin from antigua and Lake atitlan, there for i recomend booking directely in http://www.aventurasturisticas.com i can assure prices will always be lower that agencies and hostels! Have a nice day!

  2. Megan

    In the above “top tip” you mention a tour package that includes transport, the pools, caves, and hotel which I am almost 100% on booking. My question is about the buses for each leg of that trip. Do you know if they will have AC?

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