Semuc Champey, Lanquin, Guatemala

Posted on January 28, 2014



Bucket List Post

I’ve not been here myself but my mate Kristen has. She said it’s incredible. You could spend all day here. She reckons you shouldn’t bother paying for a day trip and you should simply get on the back of a truck with the locals and go!

This post is a short one. Usually I’d ramble on about what I loved and where to stay but this is one for my own bucket list.

Here are some words from Kristen who has been there:

“Semuc Champey is like a bridge of limestone that has been naturally carved into the perfect swimming pools overtime. The limestone bridge has been formed over a gushing river. It’s about 10km from Lanquin. It’s a National Park, so you can only spend a day there. Opposite Semuc there are these caves that you can tour through by candlelight too. And a totally dangerous swing that you can leap off into the river. We did it, but it was pretty stupid to do it! You can also jump off the bridge that you need to cross to enter the National Park. I did that too, but the water was too shallow! Only suitable in the wet season, as much as everyone says it’s safe to jump, it’s not! It’s an incredible day.

“Lanquin, the town you stay in, has 2-3 awesome hostels, either on the river, or overlooking the river and pasture lands. Stunning place. It’s a bit of a journey to get to Lanquin. We payed for a shuttle bus with a group of tourists… it’s the safest way. Totally worth it when you get there though.”

Nearby swimming spots:

River in Lanquin, Guatemala (listed here too)

If you are going to visit Semuc Champey make sure you read the Confessions Code!

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