Last Updated on March 25, 2011
Semuc Champey is a series of natural ponds 300m (985ft) above the Cahabon river in the region of Verapaz in Guatemala. The natural limestone bridge above the rushing rapids below houses cascading pools connected by several mini-waterfalls. Depending on sunlight, season and time of the day, the color of the fresh mountain spring water in the pools varies between bright turquoise and dark green. Some say this is one of the most beautiful natural spots in all of Guatemala. Visitors to Semuc Champey can hike an hour up to a look out point to see the entire range of ponds and the surrounding tropical forests and make their way down for a swim in the pools afterwards.