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Semuc Champey – Lanquin Caves

Semuc Champey – Lanquin Caves

Champey is located 11km to the south of Lanquin, in a valley with steep walls, surrounded by tropical humid forest. There is a 300mts. long limestone bridge, on top of which there are several natural pools of different sizes, filled with crystalline mountain spring water.

Underneath the bridge is the Cahabon River. At the end of the bridge, the water from the pools falls rejoining the river, forming a 40ft waterfall.

The color of the water changes during the year depending on the season, sun and other natural factors, making for unique picture-taking opportunities in this a beautiful place.

Semuc Champey has a diversity of flora and fauna, including 90 species of birds, 34 mammals, 25 reptiles and amphibians; and 10 species of fish. There are more than 120 species of trees and shrubs.

Some of the species reported in this area are:

  • Great Tinamou
  • Muscovy Duck
  • Little-blue Heron
  • American Bittern
  • Swallow-tailed Kite
  • Great-black Hawk
  • Common-black Hawk
  • Gray Hawk
  • White Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Hook-billed Kite
  • Collared-forest Falcon
  • Bat Falcon
  • Plain Chachalaca
  • Crimson-collared Tanager
  • Blue-gray Tanager
  • Yellow-winged Tanager
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper
  • among others.