Cobán is a prosperous city of Guatemala with an upbeat air. This city is mixture of colonial architecture with some German influence. Its main handicraft is silver jewelry. This large town has several interesting landmarks to visit.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Guatemala then Cobán has pleasant weather throughout the year. It has a comfortable temperate climate of around an average of 19 degrees Celsius.
Top Places to Visit in Coban
1. The Church of el Calvario
Located stop a hill 5blocks away from the central park, it is beautiful mirador with a nice view to the city, to which you can gain access by a 1355-step staircase. It was built nearly 150 years ago by the indigenous community under supervision of the Casique Francisco Pop. Every Sunday you will be able to hear Mas both in Kekchí tongue and Spanish.
2. The Catedral
Built in 1543 when the Verapaces bishopric was formed. It has beautiful carvings, and to the right on the altar, inside a glass showcase, is a display of the silver jewels sent from Spain right after the city was founded. There are also chandeliers, Mass books and other religious articles.
3. Orchid Nursery
This is a peculiar complete collection, consisting of more than 60,000 specimens from 750 different varieties which includes 200 miniature orchids. There is also a forest formed by giant ferns called “Shut”. Flower post are made out of this root-like bark which are later used to plant the orchids, and also provides shadow. There is also a collection of “Licopodius “ and bonsai trees. It is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the most convenient time to visit the nursery is between October and February, months when the orchids bud. Its main fair is celebrated from July 31 to August 6th honoring its patron saints Santo Domingo de Guzmân, several activities take place, such as social, religious, cultural and sporting events where the most notable one is the Folkloric Festival Cobân.
4. San Cristobal Verapaz
This village is located next to the chichoj lagoon, 20 minutes from Cobân. The church of San Cristóbal was built in 1652. Its facade is well ornamentd with lobe arches with a Mudéjar influence, and it still has its valuable silver carvings. The local fair is celebrated from July 21 to 26th, in honors of Santiago Apóstol, with several social, religious, cultural and sporting events, as well as the staging of folkloric dances.
5. Lachua National Park
This park is located on the northwest region de altverapaz . It has an overall area of 10, 0000 hectares. It’s ecosystem is considered to be the best-kept in thy country and therefore, its vegetation is vast and varied, to the point that it contains species that have not yet been documented by botanists. The lagoon resembles an almost-rounded mirror, with a surface area of 5sq. kilometers and depths that reach 220 meters; its waters are warm and sulphurous, which are comfortable for bathers.
6. Candelaria Caves
Inside these caves, you will find river that flows through deep into the cave, as well as many small streams and some navigable ones. There are also some pre-Hispanic remains inside, and a wide range of cave wildlife. This place is an ideal one for both cave explores and adventurers.