Must-see attractions in Alta & Baja Verapaz

  • Visitors swimming in turquoise-coloured waters of Semuc Champey.

    Semuc Champey

    Semuc Champey & Around

    Semuc Champey is famed for its great natural limestone bridge, 300m long, on top of which is a stepped series of pools with cool, flowing river water good…

  • Cuevas de B'ombi'l Pek

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    A mere 3km north of Chisec, these painted caves remained undiscovered until 2001. They haven't been fully mapped yet, but some claim that they connect to…

  • Cancuén

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    This large Maya site hit the papers when it was 'discovered' in 2000, even though it had already been 'discovered' back in 1907. Excavations are still…

  • Biotopo del Quetzal

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    In the lush cloud forests south of Cobán is the Biotopo Mario Dary Rivera nature reserve, commonly called Biotopo del Quetzal.

  • Grutas de Lanquín


    These caves are about 1km northwest of the town, and extend for several kilometers into the earth. There is now a ticket office here. The first cave has…

  • Lagunas de Sepalau

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    Surrounded by pristine forest, these turquoise lagoons are 8km west of Chisec. Developed as a community ecotourism project by local villagers, tours of…

  • Parque Nacional Laguna Lachuá

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    This national park is renowned for the perfectly round, pristine turquoise lake (220m deep) for which it was named. Overnight visitors can use the cooking…

  • Orquigonia


    Orchid lovers and even the orchid-curious should not miss the wonderfully informative guided tour of this orchid sanctuary just off the highway to Cobán…

  • K'anba Caves

    Semuc Champey & Around

    About a kilometer before Semuc Champey, just before the large bridge crossing the river, you'll see a turnoff to the right for these caves, which many…

  • Salto de Chilascó

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    What's claimed to be Central America's highest waterfall lies 12km down a dirt road from a turnoff at Km 145 on Hwy 14 to Cobán. Surrounded by cloud…

  • Templo El Calvario


    You can get a fine view over the town from this church atop a long flight of stairs at the north end of 7a Av. Indigenous people leave offerings at…

  • Grutas Rey Marcos

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    These caves go for more than 1km into the earth, although chances are you won't get taken that far. A river runs through the cave (you have to wade…

  • Parque Nacional Las Victorias


    This forested 82-hectare national park, right in town, has ponds, BBQ and picnic areas, children's play areas, a lookout point and kilometers of trails…

  • Ermita de Santo Domingo de Guzmán


    The Ermita de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, a chapel dedicated to Cobán's patron saint, is 150m west of the bottom of the stairs leading to the Templo El…

  • Museo Katinamit

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    Recreating a Poqomchi' house, this well-ordered museum features household items and everyday products, as well as art, textiles and tools that are still…

  • Mercado Terminal


    The local market is always good for a wander, even if you're not looking to buy.