Guatemala is a country that represents colorful festivals and an energetic populace. With everything going on, it is no surprise that Guatemala is known all over the world as a travel destination.
One city that the country is rooting for is a place called Coban; an area wherein being simple is better than showing-off, from the minimalistic approach of building their homes, to the silence that everyone finds peace in, the sheer joy of having eaten a scrumptious dinner instead of a feast to the serenity gained from the surrounding nature.
Coban is the place you want to be when you want to shrug off the pressing issues of your life and just be cleansed by the experience.
Coban is geographically located in the middle of other Guatemalan cities, making it easily accessible and commercially stable. Known as Alta Verapaz’ capital, Coban lies directly on top of the central Guatemalan region.
The 823-square mile stretch of land is inhabited by nearly 251,000 citizens and is known to be 219 kilometers away from Guatemala City. Surrounding this unassuming town are the Ixcan and El Quiche cities to its north, Uspantan bordering the east, Chisec, San Pedro Carcha and San Juan to the east, while the towns of San Cristobal Verapaz, Santa Cruz and Tactic crowd the southern coast of the city.
According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Coban, despite the surrounding masses of land, is under the oceanic climate type. The city is typically rainy all year long, with June and September being the wettest months.
On an annual scale, the amount of precipitation that Coban garners is a whopping 89.48 inches which is definitely greater than its neighboring Guatemalan towns.
Temperatures are not so high all year round and ranges between 21-24-degrees Celsius. The lowest land temperature is attributed to the month of January which drops the meter down to 10.5-degrees Celsius.
There’s no available airport in the city of Coban, so all travelers coming from outside the country can be dropped initially at the airports located in Guatemala City and Flores.
From the airport, there are a lot ways for customers to travel into the remote town of Coban, either by shuttles or private transfers. Most of the time, shuttles are booked in advanced as most tourists tend to have the same idea.
For private transfers, these are commonly provided by the hotel that you’re staying in. There are also minibuses traveling around the city, but travelers who have been to Coban suggest rented bicycles or roaming around on foot.
What to See
Ermita de Santo Domingo de Guzman
One of the most important places of worship in the whole of Coban, it is a must for Catholics and travelers to pay Ermita de Santo Domingo de Guzman a quick visit.
Paying homage to the city’s patron saint, this church is embellished with strokes of history and luxurious architecture that can be seen on its pews, altars and facade.
The church is now a place frequented by visitors due to its magnificence.
Museo El Principe Maya
Though it is saddening that this museum is privately owned by an affluent family, there are scheduled visits open to the public in the Museo El Principe Maya.
This museum is home to an expansive collection of preserved pre-Columbian relics like jewelry, pottery and other accessories meant to be worn as an adornment.
Well-maintained at its utmost condition, the historical artifacts found inside the museum are priceless due to the associated importance they possess.
The city of Coban takes pride in this orchid sanctuary they call the Orquigonia. Located just off Coban’s major highway, the Orquigonia is a cistern of wild orchids grown to perfection which a good way for you to appreciate these difficult-to-grow plants.
The tour normally takes an hour and a half which will expose you to the simplest types of orchids until those that survived from earlier eras.