Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, Lanquin

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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. To visit Monumento Natural Semuc Champey on your holiday in Lanquin, and find out what else Lanquin has to offer, use our Lanquin visit planner.
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  • amazing! if it rains a lot, try and wait one day before going. we went after heavy rain and it was murky green, we were lucky enough to stay a few nights in Semuc so went back a few days later and it ...  more »
  • The somewhat difficult journey is worthwhile in any case! Swimming, climbing, hiking, jungle, monkey, spider... All because :)
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  • The walk in the jungle is beautiful, the arrival on the natural pools is transcendent, dive and dream... The path is cut into the rock, take water hot and do not hesitate to buy some products and talk to the people of this wonderful country you will have a sweet moments. Good ride
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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