Deep in the department of Alta Verapaz in Guatemala lies an area of stunning natural beauty that many travelers miss: Semuc Champey. Those who go there, however, agree that it is well worth the long drive over bumpy roads.
Semuc Champey is a natural, 300 m (980 ft) limestone bridge surrounded by lush subtropical forest. While the Cahabon river flows underneath, a series of stepped, turquoise pools sit on top and collect the outflow of small rivers and creeks running down from the surrounding mountains and hills.
The water of the pools is warm and perfectly clear and invites to jump in and go for a swim. Many small waterfalls feed the pools and you can stand right underneath and enjoy a splendid natural shower!
Several trails have been created, which you can follow to explore the dense, subtropical forest rich in biodiversity. More than 300 species of birds are native to the area, as well as many amphibians and mammals.
One of the trails leads up to a lookout point 50 m (160 ft) above the pools. From here you can see the entire area and the view is simply unforgettable!
Take a break from studying Spanish and visit Semuc Champey! It is well worth the long drive!
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Located in Guatemala's Alta Verapaz department, Semuc Champey is one of the most beautiful areas in Guatemala. The drive to Semuc Champey is a bit arduous, but it's well worth it!
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Weekend tours to Semuc Champey are available every weekend, year round.
|Tour with transportation by shuttle bus||US$90.00 per person|
|Tour with private transportation and guide||US$270.00 per person|
Included: Round-trip transportation, 1 night hotel, guided tour of Semuc Champey and the caves of Lanquin
Not included: Meals, drinks, tips
Payment: Payment in full must be received at least 7 days before the tour begins; or at the time of booking if less than 7 days before the tour.
Cancellation policy: Full refund minus a US$20.00 cancellation fee if you cancel more than 7 days before the tour begins. No refund or credit for later cancellations or no-shows.
Semuc Champey is located in a remote part of Guatemala's Alta Verapaz department. The last part of the road, from Coban to Semuc Champey, is pretty bumpy and at times hard to negotiate, particularly during the rainy season.
The infrastructure in the area is very basic. Don't count on having a cell phone connection or internet access.
Semuc Champey is at low altitude and the sun can be very strong. Don't forget to take sunscreen.
Please note: The tour by shuttle bus uses budget hotels while participants of tours with private transportation stay at more comfortable hotels. With private transportation, the driver will also be your guide and stay with you throughout the tour to give you information and advice.
Students who have participated in a tour with private transportation were generally much happier with their experience than those that used shuttle buses. Therefore we strongly recommend private transportation for this tour.