SEMUC Champey was declared in 1999 Natural Monument by the then President of the Republic of Guatemala, Álvaro Arzú Irigoyen and it is very close geographically to the national Park Grutas de Lanquín with which it shares a center of visitors to give Tourist coverage.
It is a natural enclave located near the Guatemalan municipality of Lanquín (12 km approx. south of Lanquín), in the Department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. In the middle of a thick tropical forest there is a natural limestone bridge of about 300 meters long by which flows the river Cahabón and in whose surroundings there are a large number of pools of 1 to 3 m deep , whose turquoise-green or jade color changes throughout the year, varying with climate, sunshine and other natural factors. At the end you can observe the river Cahabón as it is inside a limestone cavern, a very dangerous area to approach within the river by the force of water, only allowed to observe distance this natural geographic phenomenon.
Due to the subtropical forest surrounding the site, the same has an enormous ecological richness, among which more than 100 species of birds have been identified; 34 mammals, 25 reptiles and amphibians; and 10 fish in addition to more than 120 different species of trees. It has a viewpoint of 700 m high to observe the 350 m long of the natural pools that make up “Semuc Champey “, with cataracts of up to 40 feet high and all the pools fed by streams of the place.
To get to this place, you must travel from Guatemala City by the road to the Atlantic, reach the village of Rancho, Km81, deviate in search of the city of Coban, km 216, and thence to Lanquín, then board a pick up that will take you to Semuc Champey.