Have you heard of Semuc Champey? Guatemala's most beautiful oasis to reach via the famous “lost” city of El Mirador.
The climb to El Mirador is full of bumpy rocky stairs and steep wooden ladders, even if you get hit by 33 degrees heat and 90% air humidity, get ready for extreme conditions.
Why even embark on such a painful journey?
Because at the end of the road, as many claim, Guatemala's most beautiful natural oasis – a limestone recess within the Kahabon River, which houses six cascading, turquoise basins.
Semuc Champey – a turquoise paradise hidden in the jungle of Guatemala
Semuc Champey, roughly means “wthe river flows underground.”
Some people think that Guatemalan's picturesque Atitlan Lake deserves to be listed as the most beautiful, but tis no doubt that Semuc is an impressive landscape. A true turquoise spectacle, hidden in the jungle of Guatemala.
At first glance, the river seems to flow into the pools, but it actually flows below them. The pools are complemented by rain drifting down the dizzying, forested side of the valley.
How to get to Semuc the easiest way?
Getting to this oasis is not easy. The nearest town is Lankuin, located an eight-hour drive north of the capital of Guatemala.
The landscape on the road is beautiful – photogenic slopes and terraced hills, but the last 10 kilometers is a rough trail. The government wanted to pave the way, but the locals refused to do so, wishing that mass tourism would never begin
Most people choose to sleep in Lancaster and heads to the pool the next day. The city itself is unobtrusive, but tare plenty of hotels, hostels and bars, tailored for backpacker travelers.
Lankuin is only 11 kilometers away from Semuc Champey, but getting tinvolves traveling in an open truck. Still, when you finally reach El Mirador and then this spectacular, natural wonder, it will all make sense.
Guatemala is pretty cheap, and the local language is similar to Hebrew so you will find plenty of Israelis and tourists
The tiled pools are separated by natural walls and the idea is to go from top to bottom. Although swimming pools are a major attraction, you have options for enjoying it
You can visit the K'an Ba Cave, wyou move through caves filled with water with only a candle for lighting. Tis also a giant hemp-made lane to jump into the pools, from a bridge 10 feet high above the Cahabon River.
In short: it's a long and difficult road to get but it's worth it.
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