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Semuc Champey

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Semuc Champey is a beautiful natural area near the town of Lanquin in Alta Verapaz of Guatemala. It consists of a series of tiered limestone pools of varying shades of turquoise. A wild river runs underneath the pools here. Hike up to the mirador for a view pools. Swim in the pools and jump off of the rocks. Attention there is no ATM in Semuc Champey and Lanquin




Flora and fauna[edit]


Get in[edit]

  • Shuttles go from Cobán and Antigua Guatemala
  • If you are coming from Flores Guatemala the only transport is minibusses. It is a long journey 9-11 hours, the ticket should cost 75Q. Don't buy from the people that pick you up in the bus to Flores, they will charge twice the price and sell fake tickets



(Entrance fee of 50Q per person for non-Guatemalan citizens)

Get around[edit]



  • Tour. You can do a one day tour (one day is enough) for 130Q. Includes a guide and entrance fees, and starts with a walking trip in the park and swimming in the little pools. Then half hour tubing in the river. The last activity are the caves, wear a swimming suite and flipflops, you will swim through the caves with a candle in your hand.  edit



There are few options for eating in the town of Lanquin. As you get out of the town, there are a few tiendas along the road. There is one small outdoor comedor up the hill from Semuc Champey, which offers delicious grilled meat and vegetables for 50Q/person.

Hamsa Restaurant - Located 400 meters further south past the entrance of Semuc Champey at Greengo's hotel, open to guests and non-guests alike. Offering large portions of world cuisine (with vegetarian options) and ice cold beers, all food is prepared using purified water and kitchen staff observes Western hygiene standards. Mains from 40-50Q. Open 8am until late.


Cold beers, sodas, liquados, juices, coffee and iced coffees can be purchased at Hamsa Restaurant 400 meters south of the entrance to Semuc Champey. However no food or drink is allowed inside the park itself.


  • El Portal. Next to the entrance of the park. There is nothing else nearby, so you eat in the hostal (bring enough cash). Dorms 35Q.  edit
  • Utopia Eco Hotel - Located about 8 km from Lanquín town and within a half hour's walk of Semuc Champey. Good vibe, only vegetarian food. Lodging options are 25Q camping, 30Q hammocks, 50Q dorms, 150Q privates, and 375Q luxury cabins.
  • Greengo's Hotel/Hostel, 4002 0066, [1]. Greengo's is located 400 meters South of the entrance to Semuc Champey. There are four 8-bed dorms as well as multiple private cabins along the river, a bar, restaurant offering vegetarian options, volleyball court and a natural pool onsite in which to float in tubes.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Apparently there have been some instances of mugging on the "mirador" trail in the Semuc Champey park (approx 1x a month). Only carry what you need and if you are alone, try to follow other people on to the trail. As of May 2015 there are a few security personnel posted on the trail, but not enough to cover all of the sections.

Get out[edit]

All hotels/hostels in the area can book you onward accomodation out of the Semuc Champey/Lanquin area. Prices to Antigua are about 155Q (June 2015).

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