There are a few places that demand a visit, places that other travellers implore you to 'do', a ‘you’ve just got to go’, a genuine must-see. Semuc Champey is one of those places you hear about on the grapevine, whenever a conversation switches to destinations in Guatemala. In fairness, it deserves the praise. This natural paradise astounds those who visit. The views and the experience are all something to write home about.
Ten hours north east of Mexico City is a mystical land, characterised by tall, green forests, deep blue lagoons and cascading waterfalls. Formerly dominated by the Huastecan people, purportedly a branch of the Mayan civilisation, the region stretches across several states and is home to some of the country’s most exciting natural phenomena. La Huasteca has suffered throughout history, from the enslavement of the majority of locals upon the Spanish arrival in 1519, to becoming one of the last areas of Mexico to develop the requisite infrastructure for social and economic development. It remains one of the poorest regions in the country, but thanks to the enchanting scenery, tourism is giving it a much-needed economic boost.