Las Verapaces

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  • 1. Biotopo del Quetzal

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A 2,849-acre tract of cloud forest along the road to Cobán, the Biotopo del Quetzal was created to protect its resplendent namesake species...Read More

  • 2. Catedral de Santo Domingo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The whitewashed church bordering the main square is worth peeking into, although it is quite understated. To the right of the cathedral is the...Read More

  • 3. Finca Santa Margarita


    For a nation so involved with the coffee industry, Guatemala offers few opportunities for visitors to watch its principal export being produced...Read More

  • 4. Grutas de Lanquín


    Portions of the Grutas de Lanquín, a system of caves cut through by underground rivers, are easy to explore. The first 30 minutes of the hour...Read More

  • 5. La Islas


    This very pleasant balneario, or "resort," is located in the town of San Pedro Carchá, 6 km (4 mi) east of Cobán. On a clear-running river,...Read More

  • 6. Museo Príncipe Maya


    A 10-minute walk from the plaza, this museum has a private collection of ancient Mayan artifacts recovered from El Petén, Alta Verapaz, and...Read More

  • 7. Parque Nacional Las Victorias

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Near Templo El Calvario, the park sits on what used to be a privately owned plantation. Today it is filled with lush vegetation and winding...Read More

  • 8. Semuc Champey

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Often praised as the most beautiful spot in Guatemala, Semuc Champey lives up to that lofty billing. The site appears to be a series of emerald...Read More

  • 9. Templo El Calvario

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A short walk from the modern markets of central Cobán sits the city's best known sight, which offers one of the best views in the area. Tradition...Read More

  • 10. Viveros Verapaz


    Run by the friendly Millie Mittelstaedt de Hernández, this magnificent orchid farm is a good place for an afternoon jaunt. The farm grows 400...Read More

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