Kinda the Same, but With Swimming!

We’ve kinda seen this before.

Large pools stacked and feeding into those below via small cascades broken through barriers of vegetation.

Crystal clear water, large fish gliding fairly undisturbed.

Replace forest with tropical jungle, and have a single-directional formation versus a veritable maze, but overall, the similarities between Semuc Champey and Plitvice Lakes are Croatia are significant.

Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Semuc Champey - Aerial view


Semuc Champey is more open to interactivity with the small amount of tourists that visit the area. The waterfall below reaches into caves underground, which are available to be toured by candlelight. Caves = bats = Dalene not interested.

Waterfalls at Semuc Champey


We just enjoyed the view above ground instead.

Semuc Champey Pools


Semuc Champey Panoramic


Semuc Champey Crystal Pools


Serenity at Semuc Champey


The best part (and one big advantage that Semuc Champey has over Plitvice), is that we could swim in it!

And after the sweaty climb up to the look-out point, we took full advantage.

Swimming Semuc Champey

28 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • February 11 2013

    Holy moly – that place looks amazing! Great advantage that you can swim in this as opposed to Croatia too! πŸ™‚

    • February 13 2013

      Yup, that water felt pretty damn good after the hike up the hill!

  • Liz
    February 11 2013

    Ahhh I wanted to swim in the Plitvice lakes so badly! I did trip and fall, but I don’t think they would have taken that as an excuse. Great pics!
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    • February 13 2013

      All I could think about the whole time we were at Plitvice was wanting to kayak in the bigger lakes! (It was cold, so we didn’t think much of swimming then). πŸ™‚

  • February 11 2013

    The color of the water is breathtaking!

  • Mustafa
    February 11 2013

    hi. friends nice to see you having good time,fantastic views

    • February 13 2013

      Hello Mustafa! Nice to hear from you! We’ll be there visit you very soon! πŸ™‚

  • February 12 2013

    Pretty! And you’re right – it DOES look like Plitvice! In fact, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in some of these photos!
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    • February 13 2013

      The similarities are quite strong! And I guess there is a similar place in Thailand too. We’ll have to hit that up!

  • February 12 2013

    Love that you can swim there! We are heading to Croatia this spring so plan to visit Plitvice too.
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    • February 13 2013

      Plitvice is a must-see in my opinion! Too bad it’s not swimmable though. πŸ™‚

  • February 13 2013

    Wow, how beautiful is that! And in Croatia? Must be a place I’m headed sometime soon, then:)

    • February 13 2013

      Croatia has so much beauty! If you haven’t been yet, then you must get there! πŸ™‚

  • February 13 2013

    Isn’t the lookout view over Semuc incredible?

    In the main swimming area, there are actually little mini-caves under the overhangs that you can get to if you swim underwater a bit.

    A bit claustrophobic, but fun too.
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    • February 13 2013

      The view was stunning! Worth all the sweatiness to get there. πŸ™‚

      Yeah, I ain’t good with claustrophobia either. I’m quite okay with staying above ground.

  • February 13 2013

    I would like to pack a picnic and spend all day in those pools. Look great and much better than a concrete swimming pool!
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    • February 13 2013

      MUCH better indeed! Minus the bitey-bugs, it is a pretty perfect place to have a picnic. πŸ™‚

  • RyukyuMike
    February 13 2013

    Turn me loose in those caves. Sounds like a great place, waterfalls and all !

    • February 13 2013

      I kinda sorta did other caves in Belize (and told the tour guide to shut up if he saw bats. :)) These ones would have been too scary for me!

  • Ali
    February 15 2013

    Looks gorgeous! And I would’ve skipped the caves too. I’m not a fan of the small, cramped spaces like that.

    • February 20 2013

      Yup, I think we’ve had this discussion before – ha! πŸ™‚

  • February 17 2013

    I want to dive into the screen! What a color that water is…

    • February 20 2013

      It was AHMAZING. Oh, and the water had all those little fish that eat the dead skin off your feet too! Although I was too chicken to let them do that to me.

  • February 18 2013

    Truly beautiful. Umm where are they? Maybe I am skimming the text too fast, but I can’t figure out what country these falls are in. I assume Guatemala, but is that right?
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    • February 20 2013

      Yup! In the middle of Guatemala. Not such a popular place yet (not sure why) and it is a little hard to get to – but SO worth it.

  • February 20 2013

    So cool!!

    • February 20 2013

      I have always wanted to go to the Plitvice Lakes, and Semuc Champey is now also going on my list. Unlike you, I would probably explore those caves though! Haha
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  • March 4 2013

    Amazing photos, that place is full of so much natural beauty. I can only see tourist numbers increasing now.
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