Weekend Tours

Semuc Champey

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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Semuc Champey

Weekend Tour to Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey is one of the most beautiful areas in Guatemala

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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Tour Schedule

Weekend tours to Semuc Champey are available every weekend, year round.

Day 1 (Friday)
The tour begins at 10 am at the school. The first destination is the Quetzal Biotope near Coban, where you'll go for a hike with your guide.
Day 2 (Saturday)
After breakfast you'll continue on to Semuc Champey, where you can swim in the clear water of the pools, hike along well-maintained trails through the subtropical forest, or go inner-tubing on the Cahabon river.
Day 3 (Sunday)
In the morning you'll visit the caves of Lanquin and in the afternoon you'll head back to Antigua.
Semuc Champey

Weekend Tour to Semuc Champey

On a length of 300 m (980 ft), the Cahabon river flows underneath a natural limestone bridge

Semuc Champey

Weekend Tour to Semuc Champey

Many small rivers and creeks from the surrounding mountains feed into the pools

Semuc Champey

Weekend Tour to Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey is surrounded by subtropical forest

Semuc Champey

Weekend Tour to Semuc Champey

Swimming in the warm, crystal clear water is a great experience!

Semuc Champey

Weekend Tour to Semuc Champey

Several trails and lookout points allow visitors to explore the area around the pools

Semuc Champey

Weekend Tour to Semuc Champey

From the lookout point you have a magnificent view of the valley below

Prices and Terms

Package Price:
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.

Additional Information

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.