Coban (Lanquin & Semuc Champey)

A charming city of 70.000 Inhabitants, Coban is the state capital of Alta Verapaz and a convenient base for exploring the area. It was founded in 1543 Coban by Dominican priests. Its Population is mostly indigenous, Q’eqchi ‘and Poqomchi’ are the predominant dialects in Alta Verapaz.
It is located at 219 kilometers from Guatemala City. The weather in Coban is around 25 degrees Celsius all year around but MOST of the villages and cities around it have a hot and humid weather. Coban is well known as an important center of coffee and cardamom production. Silver and cotton textiles are products of Alta Verapaz for excellence. The first one is worked at Coban, San Pedro Carcha and Tactic. Coban, San Juan Chamelco, Tactic and Tamahú among others are distinguished for their production of colorful blouses.


The area of ​​Coban is incredibly rich in flora and fauna, and lakes are found THROUGHOUT. Large, dense cloud forests of exceptional beauty, sparkling waterfalls and incredible cave Several systems make it an ideal place for true Eco-Tourists.
Among the natural attractions are:


Mario Dary Biotope


The Mario Dary Biotope Preserve WAS CREATED to Protect the Quetzal, the national bird and symbol of Guatemala. The nature preserve offers two paths-through the cloud forest on mountains that reach 2.300 meters above sea. The vegetation is wide-leaf and pine trees with orchids, moss, ferns and bromeliads in abundance. The Quetzal can be seen in the early morning hours.
In the region of Lanquin, water and minerals created unique geologic formations unavailable. Such formation is one Semuc Champey. Declared national monument, it is a series of waterholes cascading down-through the cloud forest. The caves of Lanquin, close to the community with the same name, are the most visited in Guatemala and easily accessible.
Most of the population is indigenous, with the Q’eqchi ‘and Poqomchi’ predominant languages.
The silver and cotton fabrics are the ultimate altaverapacenses crafts. The first is worked in Coban, San Pedro Carchá and Tactic, standing collars called “chachales”. Coban, San Juan Chamelco, Tactic and Tamahú, among others are making distinguished by their colorful blouses.

Semuc  Champey
It is located in the municipality of Lankin, on the river Cahabón Senmuc Champey is constituted by a natural bridge about 500 meters long, into which the river flows underground Cahabón in what is known as Ciguán. In the upper part forms a wide range of backside of one and three meters deep, which are fed by mountain springs. These pools are located in a small canyon formed by a sedimentary rock and limestone typical of upland Polochic Valley. Given the characteristics of warm subtropical wet forest is abundant variety of at least 20 subspecies in each genre.