Welcome to Cobán


The town was once the center of Tezulutlán (Tierra de Guerra, or 'Land of War'), a stronghold of the Rabinal Maya.

In the 19th century, when German immigrants moved in and founded vast coffee and cardamom fincas (plantations), Cobán took on the aspect of a German mountain town, as the finca owners built town residences. The era of German cultural and economic domination ended during WWII, when the USA prevailed upon the Guatemalan government to deport the powerful finca owners, many of whom actively supported the Nazis.


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$380.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Tour of Cobán and Semuc Champey from Guatemala City

Experience central Guatemala’s natural beauty on a 3-day trip to Cobán and its surrounding areas from Guatemala City. Visit beautiful Semuc Champey and hike through the forest of El Biotopo del Quetzal. Explore caves, swim in natural pools and underground rivers, and learn about various plants and wildlife from your knowledgeable guide at each location. This tour is perfect for travelers who are looking for a fun outdoor experience. For a full itinerary, please see below.

$380.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Tour of Cobán and Semuc Champey from Antigua

Experience central Guatemala’s natural beauty on a 3-day trip to Cobán and its surrounding areas. See some of the country’s most beautiful areas, including Semuc Champey and the forest of El Biotopo del Quetzal. Explore caves, swim in natural pools and underground rivers, and learn about various plants and wildlife from your expert guide as you visit each location. This convenient tour is perfect for travelers who are looking for a fun outdoor experience. For a full itinerary, please see below.

$138.75 Outdoor Activities

orchids tour, from Coban

This wonderful corner of nature where the visitant can see and learn about the orchids, and other plants from the forest. You can appreciate its natural beauty, breath fresh air and calm from the green heart of Guatemala. This is a half day tour specialized in a rock trail inside a cloud forest, very common in Coban, where you can appreciate the orchids in its natural habitat, bromeliads, helicons flowers, birds, butterflies, among others. Admire, observer and learn. Then, we will visit the experimental station of Orchids in Coban. You will see many colors of orchids, La Monja Blanca is the national flower of Guatemala yes is a Orchid, but you will see other kind of Orchids on this tour.

$203.50 Water Sports

Semuc Champey Collective Tour

It is a wonder of nature, its turquoise and crystalline waters creates a natural pool when the two rivers joins The national park of Semuc Champey is a natural bridge of limestone and consist of two rivers, in the bottom you find the Cahabón river and in the upper part you find the Semuc Champey River, which with its water cover several pools.  The tour is colective and departs from Coban. On the route to Semuc Champey, we will visit the caves of Kamba (this caves have water inside, since a small river cross inside the cave, and there are two sections that you have to swim across. Other option is to visit the caves of Lanquin)

$323.75 Private & Custom Tours

Rappel at Bombilpeck, from Coban

The impressive caves of Bombilpek can be explored walking so you can see the incredible geological formation. The interior of the cave is another world, at the end of the trail of the cave you can choose between these two options: doing rappel in an 80 m drop or a tour in the San Simon river, where you can appreciate the turquoise waters, the forest, the rock formations and limestone walls.  The Rappel in the caves of Bombilpeck is an adventure activity done by the community of Bombilpeck, where you visit a cave with cave paintings and to get there you go down 80 m in rappel. The trip departs from Coban and has a duration of 8 hours.

$323.75 Outdoor Activities

Laguna Lachua from Coban

Laguna Lachua is one of the wonderful paradises you can find in Guatemala. It has a circular shape and its surrounded by a forest with orchids, shrubbery and bejucos. The water is incredibly crystalline and the environment is decorated with the yell of the hauling monkeys, the fishes in the lagoon and the calm of the nature. Lachua is a national park with category one, it has a worldwide register for being a RAMSAR site due to its conservation of the biological diversity in flora and fauna The tour starts in Coban, when we arrive to the park we will walk through the natural trails between 45 to 60 minutes until we reach the beautiful lagoon. During the trail we can appreciate the abundant flora and fauna that surround the lagoon.