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.
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
- From Guatemala City, you will need to get a bus to Coba
- 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
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!
If you are going to be visiting Semuc Champey make sure you read my blog post on it!
The only company I recommend for booking transport and tours in Guatemala (other than the individuals and companies I have named) is GuateGo. They are a Guatemala owned company who have painstakingly brought together all of the transport and tour options in one easy to use website. You can book transport in Guatemala with them here and Guatemalan tours with them here.
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