Trip Planner: Central America / Guatemala / Alta Verapaz Department / Lanquin / Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
As far from civilization as possible, Monumento Natural Semuc Champey offers a series of stepped, turquoise pools and limestone bridges that have become a popular swimming attraction. Within the area lies a natural 300 m (985 ft) bridge which passes over the Cahabon River. Enjoy a relaxed swim as you embrace the beauty of the setting and the turquoise perfection of the pools. Venture down to the mouth of the cave into which the river flows, or have some fun by exploring the caves by candlelight. River tubing is a popular activity amongst visitors to the pools. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Monumento Natural Semuc Champey by using our Lanquin vacation trip planner.
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moose938August 16, 2017
Stopped by for an hour or so (we also wanted to do the cave tour). Pools are pristine and the hike to the pools is relatively easy. Additionally, there are little fish in the pools that will nibble at... more »
A TripAdvisor MemberAugust 14, 2017
Fuimos con un grupo de amigas a Semuc, el lugar es un lugar mágico! Yo recomiendo tomar un tour, ya sea desde Cobán o lanquín. Nosotras nos hospedamos en Zephyr Hostel y desde ahí nos llevaron a un to... more »We went with a group of friends to Semuc, the place is a magical place! I recommend taking a tour, either from Coban or lanquín. Us we stayed at Zephyr Hostel and from there took us on a tour (with an extra cost of course). The roads are in very bad conditions by which you can only get in a 4 x 4 or special trucks used for tours. On the tour we entered some caves can only enter with guide, a lot worth entering the caves since the experience is unique! You enter with a few candles and you're guiding by loops and you can skip a stone of approx 2mts and a half inside the cave! Then up to the lookout, it requires some physical effort, but when you arrive you regret not have risen since the view is worth so much! From there, you can see the different pools. The best thing is that after having fallen from the mirador you can go to swim the different pools! Super refreshing! Already in the afternoon you can hear howler monkeys coming! The experience is incredible!
BelleCoco1August 10, 2017
Quite the drive from Flores but worth it. We were in Flores (base for visiting Tikal), spent half a day or so driving down to central guatemala, stopped for a hot second and eventually made it down to... more »
Aaron MitchellMarch 25, 2017
No one can say a bad word about this place, it literally is as amazing as it looks in the pictures. I arrived at midday and it wasn't packed at all, plenty of space to swim or sit on the side. The views were amazing and there was no need for a tour at all. Didn't even take that many pictures due to the amount of fun I had IN the water.
Honza JadrnýMarch 21, 2017
DON'T TAKE TOUR (in case you want help local guys who learnt English) It's easy to do everything alone, find and enjoy. Amazing bird view from view point. Spectacular natural pools + lockers (take your own to lock your staff) + sometimes you can jump to the water +fascinating waterfall +jungle + total y worth it to spend one day here and two days in way with shuttle plus money I spent
Jorge MendezMarch 7, 2017
Excellent place. Cold super good water. If you go to caves close(out of champey, before the bride) be careful. I had my shoulder dislocated due to a fall. It's very dangerous and they don't even give helmets. Not real hospitals around. Be careful. Besides that excellent place. Don't use sandals, bring tennis or special shoes for wet environment.
Michael BenjaminJune 4, 2017
We booked the full day tour through our hostel El Retiro (it's great). It cost around 185 quetzales, and took most of the day. We began with walking/swimming in a pitch black cave, including a terrifying jump about 3/4 meters high into a tiny safe zone. It's terrifying Haha. After the cave, a swing into the river to get your heart pumping again. Followed by a swim under a waterfall and yet another jump, this time in the outdoors, and utterly beautiful and brutally high, 10m. Followed by some relaxing tubing down the river, refreshed with cool water and jungle scenes whizzing by, oh and the local kids and I mean kids constantly feeding you beers is just great. Obviously, we did another jump, this time off a bridge, crazy high again. Honestly that guides just want you to jump off stuff the whole day. A hike is next, it's hard, like climbing 700m in 10min via steps to a awesome view point of the cascades. Then you descend, sweaty and broken. Only to be reinvigorated by the cascades which are so beautiful. Great day out.
Donal O'ConghaileMarch 12, 2017
A beautiful spot no doubt, but really just a glorified swimming hole that's difficult and expensive to get to. I did enjoy it, but as a budget traveler i wouldn't have been disappointed to skip it.
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