Top things to do

Top Choice Waterfall in Semuc Champey & Around

Semuc Champey

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 for swimming. Though this bit of paradise is difficult to re…
Top Choice Fusion in Cobán

La Abadia

Cobán's dining scene has improved dramatically over the years and this is part of the finer dining scene. The surrounds are refined yet relaxed, the menu offers a great selection of local, international and fusion d…
Top Choice Guatemalan in Cobán

Xkape Koba'n

The perfect place to take a breather or while away a whole afternoon, this beautiful, artsy little cafe has a lush garden out back. Some interesting indigenous-inspired dishes are on the small menu. The cakes are ho…
Cave in Alta & Baja Verapaz

Cuevas de B'ombi'l Pek

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 the caves of Parque Nacional Cuevas de Candelaria. The commun…
French in Parque Nacional Cuevas de Candelaria

El Bistrot Francés

The best eating for miles around is oddly located a few kilometers west of town on the road to the Candelaria caves at the Candelaria Lodge. The small French-inspired menu offers decent variety, and the daily specia…
Cultural in Cobán

Rabin Ajau

A stunning 'beauty pageant' of sorts featuring the region's top talent, dressed in their traditional finery, Rabin Ajau is not to be missed if you're in the area. Get tickets early, though, as the event sells out ev…
Archaeological Site in Raxruhá

Cancuén

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 under way, but estimates say that Cancuén may rival Tikal for si…
Wildlife Reserve in Alta & Baja Verapaz

Biotopo del Quetzal

In the lush cloud forests south of Cobán is the Biotopo Mario Dary Rivera nature reserve, commonly called Biotopo del Quetzal.You need a fair bit of luck to see a quetzal, as they're rare and shy, though you have th…
Cave in Lanquín

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 lights, but do take a powerful flashlight (torch) anyway in ca…
Lagoon in Alta & Baja Verapaz

Lagunas de Sepalau

Surrounded by pristine forest, these turquoise lagoons are 8km west of Chisec. Developed as a community ecotourism project by local villagers, tours of the area include a fair bit of walking and some rowboat paddlin…