Getting Here and Around in Cobán

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Getting Here and Around

Transportes Monja Blanca runs comfortable buses between Guatemala City and Cobán. Buses depart every hour or so from 4 to 4 at both ends of the route, and the trip takes five hours. As of this writing, a new bus terminal is being constructed outside of Cobán, near Viveros Verapaz; when it's completed, all buses will arrive and depart from there.

If you're driving from Guatemala City, take the Carretera Atlántica to El Rancho, where you'll take Route 17 north to reach Cobán. Gas stations line the route.

Several agencies in Cobán rent cars for about Q400 a day, which is a great deal if you want to spend some time exploring the area on your own. Companies with good reputations include Inque and Tabarini. Reserve ahead of time, especially on the weekends.

Cobán is divided into 10 zonas, but your visit will likely be confined to the four central sectors. Numbered avenidas (avenues) run north–south, calles (streets) run east–west, and the same grid of addresses appears in each zone. 1 Calle, the main east–west downtown street, serves as the boundary between Zonas 1 and 2 west of the cathedral, and between Zonas 3 and 4 east of the cathedral.

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