Semuc Champey means “Where the river hides under the earth” in Q’eqchi’. It is a stunning natural area near the town of Lanquin in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.
It consists of a 300 meter wide natural limestone bridge under which passes the Cahabon River. The natural pools and miniature waterfalls have formed on top of this bridge, and it is these that have made Semuc Champey so popular. The Semuc Champey National Monument has various trails, hikes, and viewpoints that then leads down to the limestone pools where you’re more than welcome to take a refreshing and relaxing swim. Semuc is located miles away from the city, which make it a “must-see” destination. The bright and clear turquoise waters stand out from its deep green surroundings, making it one of the most amazing sights. Some areas are deep enough to dive into, from points on the limestone shelf.
Daily shuttles go there from Cobán and Antigua Guatemala, but many tourists prefer going with a tour agency which is easy to set up although it is a little bit more expensive but it can be safer, you can do a one day tour which includes a guide and entrance fees, and starts with a walking trip in the park and swimming in the little pools and through the caves. These caves are so-called Kamba Caves; dry caves with a little river running through its interiors.
Although Semuc Champey is increasingly popular among travelers, going is a bit of a challenge since it can take many hours to get there, however, as mentioned is a must-see destination that everyone should witness.