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CobanGuatemala

Coffee plantations and botanical gardens, Mayan history, eco-adventures and the resplendent beauty of Alta Verapaz await in this appealing mountain town.

Cobán is an attractive city set amid the lush cloud forests and mountains of central Guatemala. The city began as a Mayan settlement before passing through Spanish and German hands. Visit coffee-growing farms, admire colorful orchid gardens and learn about centuries of Mayan history. Cobán is the capital of Guatemala’s central Alta Verapaz region and a gateway to the region’s cornucopia of natural splendors.

You’ll find several major attractions within walking distance of pretty Parque Central La Paz, which marks the center of Cobán. Browse the stalls selling fresh coffee beans, spices and a rainbow’s worth of fruits at the Mercado Central. See displays of pre-Colombian costumes, jewelry and pottery at the Museo El Príncipe Maya. Explore a coffee plantation, watch coffee-making demonstrations and sample the Verapaz bean at Finca Santa Margarita.

On the outskirts of the city center is Parque Nacional Las Victorias, a forested park with walking trails, a children’s playground and picnic grounds. Enjoy views of the city and surrounding mountains from the rooftop of the Capilla El Calvario church. Check out nearby Capilla de la Ermita de Santo Domingo Guzman, a chapel that celebrates Cobán’s patrón saint.

Just a 30-minute walk from Parque Central La Paz is Vivero Verapaz, a nursery home to some 650 species of orchids. In the last months of the year it hosts a national orchid festival. Catch a local bus to Orquigonia for a guided tour of another orchid garden.

Located about 137 miles (220 kilometers) from Guatemala City, Coban is easy to reach by intercity buses. The city has a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and plentiful cafés in which to sample locally produced coffee. Visit in late-July for Rabin Ajau, a festival of folkloric dancing and indigenous traditions.

Rent a car and discover Alta Verapaz’s wonderland of natural attractions. Swim in the pools and waterfalls of Semuc Champey. Marvel at the emerald-green Lagunas de Sepalau and Bombil Pek sinkhole, near Chisec. Go rafting on the Río Cahabon. All are within a 2-hour drive of Cobán, via mountainous landscapes. Travel agencies in the city arrange daytrips.

Top Hotels in Coban

Hotel y Restaurante Eco Chibulbut
Hotel y Restaurante Eco Chibulbut
3 out of 5
Ruta a San Juan Chamelco km. 215.5, Coban Zona 9, Coban, Alta Verapaz
The price is NT$1,793 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated in Coban, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Museo El Príncipe Maya, La Paz Central Park, and El Calvario Church. Las Victorias National Park and ...

2.8/5 (4 reviews)

"The Eco Hotel is located in a lovely tranquil lush green setting amongst coffee plants. At night the sounds lull you to sleep. A perfect place for some peace and quiet and well located close to many attractions. Staff was very accommodating and the food was great."…"

Reviewed on 2019/3/30

Hotel y Restaurante Eco Chibulbut
Hotel Alcazar De Doña Victoria
Hotel Alcazar De Doña Victoria
3 out of 5
1a Avenida 5-34, Zona 1, Coban, Alta Verapaz

Situated in Coban, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Paz Central Park, Museo El Príncipe Maya, and Las Victorias National Park. El Calvario Church ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Agradable

"Hotel muy bonito cómo modo el servicio de restaurante no muy bueno por el resto está bien"…"

Reviewed on 2019/4/21

Hotel Alcazar De Doña Victoria
Coraizone Hostal
Coraizone Hostal
1 out of 5
calle principal lote 85, Coban, colonia nueva esperanza

Situated in Coban, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza Magdalena Commercial Center, El Calvario Church, and La Paz Central Park. Las Victorias National ...

Coraizone Hostal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Coban

Hotel Ram Tzul
Hotel Ram Tzul
2.5 out of 5
KM. 158 Ruta A Coban, Cumbre Del Carpintenro, Purulha, Baja Verapaz

Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 29.6 mi (47.6 km) from Orquigonia.

3/5 (6 reviews)

"The staff were awful, the place felt like it was closing down. The staff didn't speak any English and did not even try to communicate. The food was verging on inedible and I wouldn't serve it to my dog. The only person who should visit here is Gordon Ramsey on 'Nightmare Hotels' Definitely avoid ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/20

Hotel Ram Tzul
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Coban

Las Victorias National Park
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Las Victorias National Park

Hike along natural trails, relax by a placid pond, enjoy scenic picnics and camp beneath the stars at this forest-clad park located on the outskirts of Cobán.

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Mar 3, 2020

Lots of traffic, confusing streets.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 22, 2019

Wonderful weather green and lots of birds

4/5 - Good

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Jun 3, 2019

We had an excellent steak dinner at Sedano's Steakhouse

5/5 - Excellent

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May 13, 2019

Buena atención de Argelia y Eliana

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 30, 2019

We went to Semuc Champey. It was in the running of being considered one of the natural Wonders of the world! Super beautiful serene spot in the middle of the jungle.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 2, 2019

Great town for outdoors activities