Semuc Champey

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Road to Semuc Champey.
The pools here are divine. It is worth every bit of bad road getting here. The river here rushes into a limestone cave and out again. On top of the cave are the pools, clear and cool, perfect for swimming. We hiked to the viewpoint, the trail was very steep, but well maintained, and provided an incredible vista of the pools.

Our digs for the evening were a bit dissapointing. For a rather newish place we had expected a more comfortable bed, and for $15 a room we used to getting basic nicities like soap, towels and sheets. The staff was friendly until we decided not to book any tours with them. I guess we didn't 'get with the program'. The spot on the river was nice, but the food was rather uninspired. Being within walking distance of the pools is nice, but not too hard to get to from Lanquin.  Along the road to the pools are Mayans growing cocoa plants. I had never seen them growing before - interesting how the pods form off of the trunk. An adorable little girl was selling homemade chocolate patties by the road. It is gritty, maybe from the coarse Honduran sugar - anyway the flavor is wonderful, surprisingly like chocolate-covered coffee beans.
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Road to Semuc Champey.
Road to Semuc Champey.
River above its entrance to the ca…
River above its entrance to the c…
Rivers entrance to the cave.
River's entrance to the cave.
Beautiful pools above the cave.
Beautiful pools above the cave.
A view of the pools.
A view of the pools.
Another pic from the viewpoint.
Another pic from the viewpoint.
Cocoa tree with ripe pods. Inside …
Cocoa tree with ripe pods. Inside…
Tree with green pods. Nearby local…
Tree with green pods. Nearby loca…
The pools are perfect for a swim.
The pools are perfect for a swim.
Water entering the cave.
Water entering the cave.
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photo by: siri