Semuc Champey

The ethereal pools of Semuc Champey, meaning “sacred Water”, located about 7 km outside of Lanquin combine clear turquoise water, tiny waterfalls and the teeming life of the rainforest. Semuc Champey is a natural water-park, the limestone has little caves too, and you can swim into them and look out from underneath a waterfall. 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 Cahabon River.. The Cahabon river is forced underground at the top of the pools and reemerges some 400 meters downstream. Sheer cliffs rise on either side, making the spot even more secluded. A steep hike up to the lookout affords a stunning bird’s-eye view of the river and the pools below.

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