The city was founded by Dominican friars in 1543. It received the title of an imperial city by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. The name Cobán originates from the Q'eqchi', the town's second language. There are several interpretations, one of which is Cob An (foggy place). In 1599 Cobán became bishop's see. The Ferrocarril Verapaz, a railway which connected Cobán with Lake Izabal, operated from 1895 until 1963 and was a symbol for the wealth in this coffee-growing region those days.
Salama is Baja Verapaz capital. Baja Verapaz houses the Mario Dary Biotope Preserve, preserving the native flora and fauna of the region, especially the endangered national bird of Guatemala, the Resplendent Quetzal.
VERAPACES REGIONAL ATTRACTIONS
This region consists of the two territorial divisions Alta Verapaz and Baja Verapaz. Alta Verapaz has a cold climate and is generally covered by a thick fog which makes for the unique cloud forest vegetation. There are several small lakes, beautiful landscapes and huge caves or caverns. Alta Verapaz offers several tourist attractions for ecotourism and adventure. The climate and terrain in Baja Verapaz in parts is almost desert-like, but it also holds various lovely rivers and waterfalls and is home to the rare Quetzal bird. For more information on the region, please click below.
This region is characterized for its caves, its leafy forest, singular waterfalls, natural pools, and a variety of flora and fauna. Its territory is ideal for those who like extreme sport, outdoor recreation, and communitarian tourism. From the hiking of the humid forest in the mountains, visiting the biotope del Quetzal route, on which one may photograph the national bird, the Quetzal, the excursion to each of its extensive and long caves among them Lanquin and Candelaria to the practice of extreme sports like rafting in Cahabón River and Semuc champey. All these and more make this region one of the favorite destinations for adventure and ecotourism. It would be a unique experience inside the leafy forests with a varied fauna and flora that includes more than 800 orchid species.
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