Gorgeous light in the Verapaces, the mountains above Semuc Champey.

Gorgeous light in the Verapaces, the mountains above Semuc Champey.

 

The river just below Semuc Champey.

The river just below Semuc Champey.

 

The wonder of Semuc Champey is tough to get your mind around; while a roaring river undercuts a kilometer-long limestone natural bridge, a turqoise stream falls from the mountains and onto the bridge itself, where it descends in a series of deep pools before tumbling off the bridge and into the river at the bottom end. These are just two of the huge pools on top of the bridge.

The wonder of Semuc Champey is tough to get your mind around; while a roaring river undercuts a kilometer-long limestone natural bridge, a turqoise stream falls from the mountains and onto the “bridge” itself, where it descends in a series of clear turqouise pools (deep enough to dive into) before tumbling into the river where it re-emerges. These are just two of the dozen or so pools that terrace the bridge.

 

The top of the bridge, where the river goes under.

The top (upstream) end of the bridge, where the river goes under.

 

The top of the bridge again.

 

Ferns at the edge of a pool.

Ferns at the edge of a pool.

 

The falls at the bottom (downstream) end, where the turquoise streamwater finally joins the re-emerging river.

The falls at the bottom (downstream) end, where the turquoise streamwater finally joins the re-emerging river.

 

The hills around Semuc Champey are full of caves, too; this one had unusual formations and lots of bats.

The hills around Semuc Champey are full of caves, too; this one had unusual formations and lots of bats.

 

A tarantula, not far from our tent!

A tarantula, not far from our tent!

 

We ended our trip back at Lake Atitlan for a final hurrah.

We ended our trip back at Lake Atitlan for a final hurrah.

 

Lake Atitlan from above.

 

More of Lake Atitlan from above.

 

At the lake we stayed for the second time at the Casa del Mundo, a hotel worthy of a fairy tale.

At the lake we stayed for the second time at the Casa del Mundo, a hotel worthy of a fairy tale.

 

This was the view from our balcony.

This was the view from our balcony.

 

Casa del Mundo lakeside deck.

 

More lakeside at Casa del Mundo.

 

A taxi goes by.

 

Down on the dock.

 

Afternoon across the lake.

 

Adios, Guate!

Adios, Guate!

 

One thought on “Final Travels in Central America, Part III – Semuc Champey and Lago de Atitlan

  • February 25, 2008 at 9:36 am
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    Ethan didn’t mention it (unless I’m forgetting and he did in a previous post), but when I visited he took a dive off of a 30 rock next to the hotel that made us all crap our pants.

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