Las Verapaces Travel Guide
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Northeast of Guatemala City, the scrubby landscape gives way to forested mountains drained by wild rivers. You may feel you've stepped into northern Europe. This central section of the country is split between Baja Verapaz to the south and Alta Verapaz to the north, collectively known as Las Verapaces. Smaller Baja Verapaz is drier than Alta Verapaz, but mist-covered mountains are the norm in both. Here, the locals say, it rains 13 months out of the year. But the humidity, including a drizzly rain called chipi-chipi, has made this Guatemala's cardamom and coffee heartland.
Think "small" when contemplating where you'll overnight in this region, both in terms of the number of options—there... read more
The region's most notable dish is kaq'ik, or in Spanish, caldo de chunto, a turkey stew. You'll find it almost everywhere, although... read more
Things To Do in Las Verapaces
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Spot the elusive quetzal: Spend the night at the Biotopo del Quetzal, Guatemala's only preserve dedicated to protecting its... Read more
Perhaps no bird is tied to the culture and symbolism of a country the way the resplendent quetzal is to Guatemala. As the national... Read more
The economic prosperity of Las Verapaces traces back to the wave of German immigrants who settled here in the 1870s. Invited by President... Read more
When locusts destroyed Guatemala's blue-indigo and red-cochineal harvests in the early 19th century, ending its lucrative role in the dye... Read more
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