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. 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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  • What a way to spend a hot day!! We lucked out the day we went it was blue skies and hot. Beautiful place only ruined by the constant sales pitches from children. But that's how they support their fami...  more »
  • You only need a guide if you want to visit the caves. Otherwise, you're just fine on your own. Just hop in a pickup truck in town. The fares vary, but you will pay between 10 and 25Q each way. It's ab...  more »
  • You can make your own way from Lanquín (40Q return) and pay the entrance to the park (50Q) and the caves (can't remember price) and the tubes (30Q) but I'd recommend getting one of the organized tours...  more »
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  • Sometimes a place doesn't live up to the hype. This is not one of them. It is absolutely beautiful. You can go up to a viewpoint where you get great views of the river and the various pools. Somebody told me you can do the walk in flip-flops but don't, it was slippy and really tricky. Back at the pools there is lockers to store your stuff. I stayed very close, in El Portal, so went in the morning to take photos and back in the afternoon to get in the pools. If you stay nearby I would recommend doing it like that. If you come to Guatemala this is a must visit.
  • A Must do if you visit Guatemala. What a beautiful place. The hike to the top of the viewing point isn't easy but well worth it for the view. Then slowly climb down and swim in the turquoise waters. 50Q to enter the park. Highly recommend water ,hiking boots for the climb, and then water shoes for swimming. There is a place to leave all your belongings in a locked box while you swim.
  • One of the most beautiful natural places in Guatemala! For only 50 quetzales you will get the chance to hike up to an amazing view point where you will see the beautiful turquoise natural pools from above. After, you can hike down and swim in them as well and if you are lucky you might see some howling monkeys as well. Some hostels and tourist agencies also offer to tube down the river which is really fun! If you are in Guatemala don't miss this place!
  • Beautiful! If you are in Guatemala you can't miss this place. I recommend you go first to see the view and then swim in the pools...
  • Amazing natural place, great view and relaxing water