Last week, I spent five days in Semuc Champey. It was absolutely stunning, but I had two separate bouts of food poisoning – one before we left and one before we came home – which put a slight dampener on things. Thankfully, I was okay for the two 11-hour bus rides, but spending 36 hours straight in bed on two different occasions is never fun.
I still think it was worth it. Semuc Champey is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. Photos don’t do it justice, and it doesn’t even look real when it’s right in front of you. The blue water and rainforest backdrop was just too idyllic.
My friend had not let me google it beforehand, and she wanted to capture the exact moment I saw the view from the lookout point (a 40 minute climb – what a workout!).
I had my eyes closed, and when I opened them I didn’t see the step right in front of me, so I stacked it. It was hilarious.
We were staying in a hut in the middle of the rainforest (for £5 a night!). We didn’t have electricity the whole time, which was fine except for having to take cold showers.
We did one wifi run into town, which involved 60 minutes crammed on to the back of a pick up truck. Before we left, a lady blessed the truck with holy water. It wasn’t disconcerting at all.
Most of the time, we just lazed around in the beautiful pools, taking Instagram-worthy photos.
The day before I got sick for the second time, we went wet caving. Spending 90 minutes in a pitch black cave climbing up and down slippery ladders and walls was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done, but also quite fun.
It was absolutely freezing (for us weak ass Australians, anyway) so, when we concluded the tour with tubing down the river, I was not very happy.
I’m still not 100 per cent better. When I am, I will be back with a more coherent post!