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The Insider's Guide to Coban

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Our Guide to Coban: Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Plus, Tips on Making Connections with the Locals and Finding Fun Recreational Activities

Welcome to Coban! If you're planning to move to Coban, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Coban has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Coban.

Cobán, the capital of the Alta Verapaz department in Guatemala, is a charming city surrounded by lush mountains and cloud forests. It offers a variety of attractions for tourists and locals alike. One of the most popular sites is the Parque Central, a lively square surrounded by colonial buildings, where visitors can relax, enjoy local food, and observe daily life. The Catedral de Santo Domingo, located in the park, is a beautiful church with a rich history dating back to the 16th century.

For nature lovers, the nearby Biotopo del Quetzal is a must-visit. This protected reserve is home to the resplendent quetzal, Guatemala's national bird, as well as other exotic species. Visitors can hike through the cloud forest, explore the trails, and enjoy the stunning scenery. Another popular destination is the Lanquín Caves, a complex of limestone caverns filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and underground rivers. Guided tours are available, and visitors can also swim in the nearby Semuc Champey, a series of turquoise pools and waterfalls.

Orchid enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Vivero Verapaz, an orchid nursery that houses over 800 species of orchids, many of which are native to the region. The nursery offers guided tours and the opportunity to purchase orchids to take home. For those interested in learning about the local culture, the Museo El Príncipe Maya is a small museum that showcases the history, art, and traditions of the Q'eqchi' Maya people.

When it comes to dining and nightlife, Cobán offers a variety of options for visitors. One of the most popular restaurants in the city is Casa d'Acuña, which serves a mix of Guatemalan and international cuisine in a cozy, rustic setting. The restaurant is known for its delicious steaks, seafood dishes, and homemade desserts. Another popular spot is La Abadia, a charming restaurant located in a restored colonial building. The menu features a variety of traditional Guatemalan dishes, as well as international options.

For a more casual dining experience, visitors can head to the Mercado Central, where they can sample local street food, such as tamales, pupusas, and chiles rellenos. The market is also a great place to shop for fresh produce, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

When it comes to nightlife, Cobán has a few bars and clubs where visitors can enjoy a drink and dance the night away. One popular spot is La Chupitería, a lively bar that offers a wide selection of beers, cocktails, and shots. Another popular venue is El Establo, a nightclub that features live music, DJs, and themed nights.

Recreational activities in Cobán are centered around the region's natural beauty and outdoor adventures. Hiking and birdwatching are popular activities in the Biotopo del Quetzal and the surrounding cloud forests. Visitors can also explore the Lanquín Caves and swim in the turquoise pools of Semuc Champey. For those looking for a more adrenaline-pumping experience, the region offers opportunities for white-water rafting and tubing on the Cahabón River. Companies like Maya Expeditions and Aventuras Turísticas Los Zets offer guided tours and excursions for these activities.

For a more leisurely outdoor experience, visitors can enjoy a round of golf at the Club de Golf La Ruta del Café, a beautiful 9-hole course surrounded by lush vegetation and stunning views of the mountains. Additionally, the Vivero Verapaz orchid nursery offers a peaceful setting for a leisurely stroll and the opportunity to learn about the region's diverse flora.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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