Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey is a natural monument near the 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.

Semuc Champey means "where the river hides beneath the earth" in the Maya Qéqchi´ language. It contains a fragile and unique ecosystem, formed by an extraordinary fusion of geomorphology, topography, hydrology, and biodiversity.

It stands on the Mountains of Chama, and it is made of a natural stone bridge 300 meters long (almost 1000 ft). Natural pools of different sizes form above the structure; they are fee by crystal clear spring water. Under this bridge runs the Cahabon River witch disappears into the earth at a site name "El Sumidero"; it comes out at "El Manantial" and then continuing its natural way. The area also protects part of the river´s watershed and natural springs that feed several local communities.