Garden sights in Cobán
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Orchid lovers mustn't miss the chance to see the many thousands of species at this famous nursery, Vivero Verapaz. The rare monja blanca (white nun orchid), Guatemala's national flower, can be seen here; there are also hundreds of species of miniature orchids, so small that you'll need the magnifying glass they will loan you to see them. Visits are by guided tour.
The national orchid show is held here each December, and by all accounts, it's spectacular. Otherwise, try to visit between October and February, when many flowers are in bloom. Vivero Verapaz is about 2km from the town center - a 30-minute walk southwest from the plaza. You can hire a taxi for around US$2.