Lanquin

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Lanquín is a town located on the northeastern edge Central Highlands in Guatemala.

It is much hotter here than in the highlands as it is located in the deep valleys between the mountains.

Get in[edit]

  • Most people get to Lanquín from Cobán. The Minibus costs 30Q (as of June 2015), and will include stops to pick up locals.
  • Direct shuttles run by various companies leave daily from Antigua and Flores and will arrive in Lanquín around 4-7pm. Prices range from 120-155Q.

Get around[edit]

  • Walking is the best way to get around town. As it is not too large, most things can be reached within a twenty minute walk. In addition, you can get anywhere via Tuk Tuk´s which can be seen on the streets sometimes as late as 11p.m. or you can try to hitch a ride in a local truck for a couple of Qs.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Salto del Cabro waterfalls - Continue outside of Lanquin, past El Retiro for about four miles. You will come to another village. Ask about the waterfalls there (cascadias), and someone will point them out.
  • Bats at Dusk - Go to the Grutas de Lanquin (Lanquin caves) at twilight. Go into the cave entrance and enjoy as the bats fly around your head as they exit the cave. Go in a large group, and negotiate a reduced rate. Show up after dark, and get in free (but miss most of the show).

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Grutas de Lanquin - Explore this cave by flashlight. See the bats at dusk. General admission is 30Q, though large groups can negotiate.
  • River Tubing - Tube down the Lanquin river.
  • Semuc Champey - Located about 10km outside of Lanquin, along rough road is a series of tiered limestone pools of varying shades of turquoise. A wild river runs underneath the pools here. Hike up to the mirador for a view pools. Swim in the pools and jump off of the rocks. Entrance fee 50Q. If you go on your own, you can catch a ride in one of the pick-up trucks in the center. They ask 25Q per foreigner, locals pay significantly less so this can be bargained down to about 10-15Q depending on your skills.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • There is a small market in town, but nothing that isn't found throughout all of Guatemala.
  • There is a Banrural bank, but no ATM.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Comedor Shalom - Located in town, they provide standard Guatemalan fare for 20-30Q. They don't serve alcohol but don't mind if you bring your own.
  • Comedor Champey - Located on the road between the center of Lanquin and El Retiro, it is located near the bridge and the school. It is also denoted by Hebrew written on the sign. Serve a very delicious schnitzel for 25Q.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • El Muro Pub - Located in the center of town, has satellite television for watching sports, serves a variety of drinks and is also a hostel.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • El Recreo - Located as you come into town. Swimming pools and zip lines are available here. Ideal for large tour groups.
  • El Retiro (see in OpenStreetMap) A large guesthouse complex beautifully located next to the Lanquin River owned and run by locals and deciated to channelling funds back to the local community. Sleeping facilities range from Hammocks to rooms with private beds and even suites with air conditioning. There is a pit for a fire, sauna, jacuzzi, access to swim in the river, an excellent bar with big family-style buffet dinners served each night. Table tennis, volleyball court and many table games. An easy place to settle into for a couple of days. They also organize tours and transportation, but you can find slightly cheaper options in the village. Note: Wifi is not free. There is a small onsite internet cafe run by locals which sells internet access either using their computers (30 mins = Q5, 3 day unlimited pass = Q30, machines a bit buggy and full of adware) or wifi (Q15 per hour, no unlimited pass available).
  • There are other guesthouses located centrally in Lanquin, as well as a couple of larger properties closer to Semuc Champey.
  • Hostal Oasis de Lanquín - located next to the Lanquin River. Great staff and a relaxing place. Plenty of hammocks, good food and great staff. Cheap clean dormitories or bungalows and access to swim in the river. Don't miss the Grutas de Lanquin where you can see thousands of bats exiting the cave each evening. Staff will also take you tubing down the river.
  • Utopia Eco Hotel - located about 3km from Semuc Champey. Hammocks 30Q, Dorms 50Q, Privates 150Q as of August 2014. Good vegetarian food, offers tubing on the Rio Cahabon from Semuc Champey directly to the hostel.
  • Casa El Zapote - located about 2km from Semuc Champey. Casa El Zapote provides authentic Central American eco-cultural experiences. El Zapote is on the main road to Semuc Champey, situated between mountains. Accommodation includes 4 private rooms with private bath, 5 private rooms with shared bath and dorms. Amenities and services include restaurant with flexible hours, bar, tours and transportation.

Get out[edit]

  • Many guesthouses can make travel arrangements for you.
  • There are regular minibuses to Coban from Lanquin.