Throughout the region around Cobán, there are scores of villages where you can experience traditional Maya culture in some of its purest extant forms. One such place is San Cristóbal Verapaz, a Poqomchi' Maya village set beside Lake Chicoj, 19km west of Cobán. During Semana Santa (Easter Week), local artists design elaborate alfombras (carpets) of colored sawdust and flower petals rivaled only by those in Antigua.
San Cristóbal is also home to the Centro Communitario Educativo Pokomchi (Cecep), an organization dedicated to preserving traditional and modern ways of Poqomchi' life. Cecep inaugurated the Museo Katinamit, which recreates a typical Poqomchi' house. It also offers volunteer and ethno-tourism opportunities.