Semuc Champey

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Semuc Champey
Natural Monument
Semuc Champey, Guatemala.jpg
pools in the Cahabòn River
Location Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
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 (6.62 sq mi)
Elevation380 m (1,250 ft)
EstablishedDecreto No. 025 2005
OperatorCONAP,
Municipality of Languín
Website www.semucchampey.com

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]

Semuc Champei lakes view Pozas de Semuc Champey (4).JPG
Semuc Champei lakes view

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References

  1. Joice Maynard (14 September 2012). "In Guatemala, a Torturous Drive to a Remote Eden". The New York Times . Retrieved 16 September 2012.