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Semuc Champey

Coordinates: 15°32′0″N 89°57′41″W / 15.53333°N 89.96139°W / 15.53333; -89.96139
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Semuc Champey
Natural Monument
pools in the Cahabòn River
LocationAlta Verapaz, Guatemala
Coordinates15°32′0″N 89°57′41″W / 15.53333°N 89.96139°W / 15.53333; -89.96139
Area17.14 km2 (6.62 sq mi)
Elevation380 m (1,250 ft)
EstablishedDecreto No. 025 2005
Municipality of Languín

Semuc Champey is a natural monument in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, near the Q'eqchi' Maya town of Lanquín.[1] It consists of a natural 300 m limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabón River. Atop the bridge is a series of stepped, turquoise pools, a popular swimming attraction.

The name Semuc Champey is from the Qʼeqchiʼ language, meaning where the river hides under the earth.[2]

The best and most popular way to see Semuc Champey is from the "El Mirador" viewpoint. Though it is a roughly 45-minute hot, uphill jungle hike from the parking area, the views into the valley are unparalleled.[2]

Although it can be difficult to get to, Semuc is becoming more and more popular with travelers.[3]

Semuc Champei lakes view


  1. ^ "Semuc Champey". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Semuc Champey". The Travelers Within. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  3. ^ Joice Maynard (14 September 2012). "In Guatemala, a Torturous Drive to a Remote Eden". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2012.

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