Semuc Champey is a natural monument in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, near the Q’eqchi’ Maya town of Lanquín. It consists of a natural 300 m limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabón River. Atop the bridge is a series of stepped, turquoise pools, a popular swimming attraction, and beautiful.
Semuc Champey is a set of around 18 perfectly turquoise river pools and limestone bridges naturally formed over the Cahabón River. The river flows in the deep jungle gorge, and the best way to get a perfect view is to climb up to the famous mirador. The water in the pools is of perfect temperature and dreamy color. There are about 6 pools, each one cascading to the next that you can enjoy and swim in. Some are bigger than others, and some are busier than others.
At an altitude of approximately 341 m Semuc Champey’s climate is usually warm, typical of a tropical rainforest jungle, getting colder through the night. Being surrounded by tropical jungles, Semuc Champey is often clouded, especially in the rainy season.
Although Semuc Champey is the area’s main attraction, it is not the only one. The river is beautiful, the surroundings tranquil, views to die for, and the town of Lanqion definitely worth visiting.
A popular activity to include in your trip is a visit to the Semuc Champey Caves, known as K’an Ba Cave. The caving is not for the faint-hearted, and you should be prepared for what lies ahead. Inside the 1 km-long cave it is very dark so everyone is given a candle to take with them.