Semuc Champey


This is a secret only known to the most inquisitive traveller. In the east of Guatemala is the town of Coban. If you ask around, people will tell you of the beauty of the limestone pools of Semuc Champey, reached via several kilometres of hot and bumpy roads. Nothing prepares you for quite how beautiful it is. The naturally formed stepped pools are found in a clearing surrounded by trees with a powerful river running beneath them. Fed by fresh mountain stream runoff, the first thing to do is go for a dip, but as the water itself is a variety of stunning blues and greens ranging from turquoise to emerald, choosing which sun dappled pool to swim in first can be a happy problem.

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