My brother and I went into the jungle and visited Semuc Champey; the most beautiful place I have ever been. We decided to take local buses (actually vans) instead of the tour buses thinking we could save a buck or two. That plan back fired as we got stranded in a near by town and had to hitch a ride with a local who spoke mostly a Mayan dialectic instead of Spanish. An hour later when we reached Semuc Champey. We hiked in the jungle and swam in the beautiful pools. We had run out of money by that time and had no way of getting home; our ride had abandoned us. Luckily we had made friends with some Israelis and they generously lent us lent us some quetzals. The tour guide also generously let us hitch a ride back down in their tour bus. If you go to Guatemala make time for Semuc Champey but take a tour bus.