Semuc Champey

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Lanquin, Guatemala

Semuc Champey Lanquin Reviews

migotka89 migotka89
3 reviews
AWESOME adventure ! May 24, 2011
Tho it's a bit out of way and it takes like a whole day to get there (on a not so comfy minibus), Semuc Champey is simply awesome and it's definitely worth the journey ! Accommodation is VERY basic (u can either camp or stay in one of the chalets that sleep about 8 people) and there's no hot water, and electricity is available only for a few hours in the day, but it all just adds to the fun ! The Semuc Champey tour lasts more than half a day, u start with a bit of hiking (stunning views), then u get to swim in the river (including jumping down a waterfall!), and the best part is visiting the caves. There r no lights there and u have to swim with a candle, haha, it's definitely some experience. And u get to jump off some rocks - fab! Overall, it's definitely for adventure-loving people and the whole trip can be a challenge, but it's totally worth it, best thing i did in Guatemala!
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IamJo IamJo
2 reviews
Semuc Champey, guatemala Mar 25, 2011
This is definitely one I'll never forget! The absence of health and safety in Guatemala really makes this an experience to remember!

If you've seen The Decent, that pretty much sums it up. Oh, well, replace the creatures with water, their torches with candles and their safety equipment with eh, there is none.

All in all I'm glad I completed this, well I didn't have a choice, once you enter the cave there is no going back!
john1112 john1112
24 reviews
Semuc champey Jul 29, 2008
Semuc Champey is located 11km south of Lanquin, in a valley slopes with high slope, bordered by tropical forest. It includes a natural bridge 300 meters long, above which there are pools of different shapes and sizes of crystal clear water from springs, with depths of 1 to 4 meters. Beneath this bridge runs the river Cahabón. At the end of the bridge, water from the river basins falls toward forming a cataract of approximately 40 metres high. The colour of water from the pools changes throughout the year depending on the weather, the sun and other natural factors, a phenomenon that is unique in photos. It's a beautiful place that some call "paradise". Activities include: swimming, resting, walking three interpretive trails, discover the flora and fauna, share with the family, meditate, admiring the view from two viewpoints and have contact with nature.

Semuc Champey has a wealth of flora and fauna, including 100 species of birds, 34 mammals, 25 reptiles and amphibians and 10 species of fish; has been identified over 120 species of trees and vines in the area.

The basic infrastructure for tourists include: a visitors center with a cafeteria and bathrooms, toilets, changing rooms, 2 wooden shacks for shelter, a stand of charge, parking area. There are no special services for those who want to camp but are allowed to do so in the former heliport below the entrance. The saved resources can provide guide service for free. Semuc Champey is managed by the Municipality and costs Q20/$2.50 dolars (national), Q30/4.50 dolars (foreigners), Q10 (children), parking (Q10), camping (Q35/5.00 dolars. per tent) aprox prices. Open every day from 8am-6pm.
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SheLuvz2Fly says:
Posted on: Sep 15, 2008
john1112 says:
If you include this, it will be a good trip~

Posted on: Jul 29, 2008
mrvis says:
Must go there as a nature lover! Thanx for the review!
Posted on: Jul 29, 2008
chrisbauer chrisbau…
11 reviews
Jul 03, 2007
If the idea of spending a day swimming through pools of torquoise water, diving into a crystal clear pool from the edge of a small waterfall or hiking many small trails through jungle, then this is the place for you. For the prive of 10 quetzales (under $1.50 USD) you can spend the day at this beautiful park. The pools are formed by travertine dams, which are in turn formed by the dissolved limestone of cave systems forming upstream. This limestone is carried in the water and turns it the signature blue color. The limestone is slowly redeposited to form these dams. When one is at the Semuc Champey, one must be careful not to slip into the short cave which goes under the entire feature. The entrance is a gaping maw at the upstream end of the Semuc, which is where you want to watch your step. Two people have fallen in here, and both were swpet into the cave below and killed in the raging water. The downstream entrace is calm, and when water levels are low it can actually be explored, if only for about forty feet. There are also many hiking trails, some with wonderful views of the Semuc Champey or other parts of the Cahabon River. Although we did little hiking, we were still able to see several reptile species along the trail, so keep your eye open while you're hiking! I'd suggest getting there early morning so as to avoid crowds.
Some of the travertine pools of th…

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