LAS VERAPACES NATURE PARADISE
The region of Las Verapaces consists of the two parts: Alta Verapaz and Baja Verapaz. Both districts are largely covered by lush primeval forests with quite different ecosystems, which are exemplary for dry forests or for the thorny and bushy chaparral. Cloud and rainforests can be also found here which provide refuge for an overwhelming variety of species, including the Quetzal and the Guatemalan national flower Monja Blanca, as well as a number of endangered species. There are more than 800 orchid species alone in this nature paradise.
The morphology and geography of this region make it a dream destination for adventurers who want to be immersed in the untouched nature. Whitewater rafting on the rapids of the Cahabón River, canoeing trips or abseiling can be practiced here just as well as unwinding in one of the cascades and waterfalls. Semuc Champey is a natural limestone bridge with a length of more than 300 meters, flowing through the river Cahabón, which circulates underground in a cave and washes out the stone. Seven pools with a depth of one to three meters have formed in this way in a gorge, in which rocks from the Polochic Valley come to rest. Rest in the fresh air is guaranteed in this tropical mountain landscape with its pilgrim paths, the route through the biotope of the Quetzal and the extraordinary Lanquin and Candelaria Caves.