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Lanquín (Guatemala)

Practical information about Lanquín

  • Relaxation
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Water Sports
  • Caves
2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
3hrs by bus from Cobán
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Lanquín

Travel writer
30 travel articles

A great place to unwind before heading off to Semuc Champey.

My suggestion:
Leave Cobán early to arrive at Lanquín at noon, so you can have a look a round before an evening visit to the cave.

Lanquín itself doesn't have much to offer tourists during a trip to Guatemala, but it's perfectly placed, thanks to its proximity to Semuc Champey. At 70km from Cobán, it wasn't the distance that struck me! It took 3hrs by bus (the last 2 at a snail's pace) along a stony, rugged, moutainside road. The plus? The breathtaking views, which made up for the vile evangelical music that the driver blasted out during the journey.

Lanquín is a quiet little town, where you'll find some pleasant hotels, some of which are beside River Cahabón.

We were offered and took a tour of Lanquín's caves (I'd met up with my fiancé, having just come back from Europe). It may not be a must-see, but I still heartily recommend this visit, which is done at nightfall. The sight of thousands of bats flying around (and sometimes brushing against you) is nothing short of spectacular. Another highlight was coming across the weirdest of animals - an inoffensive kind of scorpion/spider hybrid that, nonetheless, sent shivers up my spine.

El Retiro Lodge: restful lodgings beside River Cahabón
Private bungalow at El Retiro Lodge
The strange creature in the Lanquín cave