Semuc Champey

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Semuc Champey
Natural Monument
Protected Area
Semuc Champey, Guatemala.jpg
pools in the Cahabòn River
Country Guatemala
Region Alta Verapaz
River Cahabón River
Location Lanquín
 - elevation380 m (1,247 ft)
 - coordinates 15°32′0″N89°57′41″W / 15.53333°N 89.96139°W / 15.53333; -89.96139 Coordinates: 15°32′0″N89°57′41″W / 15.53333°N 89.96139°W / 15.53333; -89.96139
Area17.14 km2 (7 sq mi)
Geology Karst
FoundedDecreto No. 025 2005
Municipality of Languín

Semuc Champey (Where the river hides under the stones) is a natural monument in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, near the Q'eqchi' Maya town of Lanquín. 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. Although it can be difficult to get to, Semuc is becoming more and more popular with travelers. [1]

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