Semuc Champey, Guatemala to Reopen in November

Oct 31, 2020

Semuc Champey, Guatemala will reopen on November 10 according to tourism authorities.

The National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) announced today that Semuc Champey in Guatemala will reopen in November.

In a press release, CONAP said Semuc Champey would reopen on November 10. The opening hours will be 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, Tuesday-Sunday.

The move comes after authorities reached consensus with local communities over health protocols.

Semuc Champey will open at a limited capacity of 60 people per day. Visitors will need to book their trip in advance by phone. Once at the site, they’ll need to follow mask-wearing and social distancing rules.

Semuc Champey is one of Guatemala’s most beautiful landmarks.

Located in the jungles of eastern Guatemala, Semuc Champey marks a section of the Cahabon River. Here, you’ll find a natural limestone bridge where the river turns into a series of turquoise pools. Each pool links to the other via a waterfall.

The area offer great caving, where you can swim by candlelight, and some awesome tubing. There’s also a lookout point, about a 45-minute hike away, to view Semuc Champey.

Semuc Champey is remote, compared to other attractions in Guatemala. But those who make it there almost always call it a highlight of their trip. It’s always been more on the backpacker trail in Guatemala than places like Tikal or Lale Atitlan, probably due to the remoteness. But this is a part of Guatemala that noone – local, expat, or tourist – should miss.

Visitors should book Semuc Champey by calling (502) 3273-7053 or (502) 4014-9921.

James Dyde is the editor of centralamerica.com. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.