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Verapaces Region in Guatemala

Natural Paradise of Alta and Baja Verapaz

The misty and pine covered mountains of the Alta Verapaz region and the hot, dry-tropic climate of Baja Verapaz make for beautiful and divers sceneries in this central-eastern region of Guatemala. Imagine yourself swimming with the fish in the natural pools of Semuq Champey or bravely exploring the many secrets of the caves in this area. Hike through lush cloud forests to see some of the more than 50 different types of orchids and bromeliads that call the valley their home and look out for spider monkey, tigrillos or the rare Quetzal bird. Heaven on earth for nature lovers and those looking for adventure.



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.


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.

Regional Attractions Verapaces, Guatemala Rivers, Caves, Cloud Forest, Rare Animals The Candelaria Cave , one of the most important caves in this region, is 30 km long. It is one of the two largest caves in America and one of the six largest i... >>
Regional Attractions Verapaces, Guatemala Rivers, Caves, Cloud Forest, Rare Animals


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.

Tours In The Verapaces Region, Guatemala Nature, Adventure is located 76 km from Coban, in a valley with a high slope, surrounded by a tropical rainforest. It has a natural bridge 300 meters long, over which there are p... >>
Tours In The Verapaces Region, Guatemala Nature, Adventure


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Hotel Casa Duranta From $70/night Coban, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala The hotel represents the comfort and peace that every traveler needs. They are located in the center of Coban, the Imperial City of Charles V; in a pleasent env... >>
Hotel Casa Duranta From $70/night Coban, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

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