The Verapaces, A Natural Paradise

This region is characterized for its caves, its leafy forests, singular waterfalls, natural pools, and a variety of flora and fauna.

Its territory is ideal for those who like extreme sports, outdoor recreation, and communitarian tourism. From the hiking of the humid forest in the mountains; the visit to the Biotopo del Quetzal routes, in which one may participate in a photographic safari to capture the national bird, the Quetzal; the excursion to each of its extensive and long caves, among them Lanquín or Candelaria;  to the practice of extreme sports like rafting in Cahabón River and Semuc Champey, one of the main attractions for its waterfalls of 40 feet high and a natural limestone bridge of  great ecologic richness since more than 100 bird species have been identified. All these and more make this region one of the favorite destinations for adventure and ecotourism. It would be a unique experience inside the leafy forests with a varied fauna and flora that includes more than 800 orchid species.

The Verapaces, Natural Paradise

Destinations in The Verapaces, Natural Paradise

The Chilascó Jump, Baja Verapaz

In this town is found one of the waterfalls highest of Central America. It size and its beautifulness is impressionist, it can be appreciated the waterfall of Salto de Chilasco. It has four waterfalls that formed a cataract with an altitude of 130 meters. ...

Candelaria Caves, Alta Verapaz

Located within the Candelaria Caves National Park, the Community of Cemetery Candelaria offers breathtaking visit to two dry caves and an exciting water route, floating on tubes in an underground section of the Rio Candelaria.Besides its importance caving * Candelaria system was a pilgrimage site of great importance to the Mayan civilization and is today a refuge for a wide variety of flora and fauna. For the lover of archeology, is reported more than 20 archaeological sites around the system and lots of pottery, which shows its importance in ancient...

Semuc Champey, Alta Verapaz

It is located in the Lanquín Municipality over the Cahabón River. Semuc Champey is built by a natural bridge of stone of approximately 500 meters of extension inside it the Cahabon River immerses in this place known as siguán. In the surface are formed 7 emerald swimming pools from 1 to 3 meters deep, feeding by spring from the mountains. These swimming pools are located in a small canyon formed by sedimentary and limestone rock founded in the highlands of  he Polochic Valley. By the characteristics of the warm subtropical very...

The Quetzal Biotope, Baja Verapaz

The exuberant reserve jungle in the Protected Biotopo “Mario Dary Rivera” is without doubt, the most natural reason of the region. It count with more than three thousand hectares of tropical wet vegetation, that provided the habitat at the national bird of Guatemala, the Quetzal.There are two main trails within the reserve complex, camping, resting and parking area. The center of visitors is a few meter from the main road, where you can find facilities to lodge.Without doubts, one of the most artistic representation is from Rabinal Achí, with an...

Lanquín Caves , Alta Verapaz

1 km from the municipal seat of Lanquín, on the road that leads to Coban, passes over the input Lanquin Caves, one of the first declared protected areas in Guatemala. It is an enormous and beautiful complex, lounges, cupolas and capricious limestone formations which give it an extraordinary beauty, is not known where the cave ends. Some formations have names of animals and other shapes that resemble. Caves not only a tourist destination, but a place sacred to the Maya peoples, are believed to be the "heart of heaven" and...

Salamá, Baja Verapaz

This is the department’s capital city. It is 776 square kilometers and is located in the Urrán Valley, with and altitude of 960 meters. It is located 147kms from the Guatemala City, by the paved roads.In Quiché tongue Salamá means “río de tables” or “tables sobre el agua” (“River of wood planks” or “Wood planks on the Water”), the exact date of its foundation is not known but it is known that the Friar Pedro de Angulo died on Good Wednesday in 1562 in Salamá, who was the first Bishop...

The Calvario church, Alta Verapaz

It possesses 131 steps. It is located in the top of a mountain just 5 blocks from the Central Park of Cobán; it is a beautiful urban point view, to only way to get there is by means of 135 steps. It was built, approximately 150 years ago by the indigenous community, under the instructions of the Fancisco Pop cacique.Next to the church, is a cemetery that was closured by its proximity with the city. ...

Cobán, Alta Verapaz

La ciudad de Cobán fue fundada por los españoles en el siglo XVI, exactamente el 4 de agosto de 1543, se encuentra situada en la cuenca del río Cahabon, sobre un relieve ondulado que proporciona cierta dispersión al tejido urbano, en una alternación  de cerros y planicies. Tiene una extensión territorial de 2,132 kms. cuadrados y se encuentra a 1320 mts. sobre el nivel del mar. Cuenca con un clima agradable templado, de 19 grados centígrados promedio.       ...

The Trapiche Museum, Baja Verapaz

Is located 150 kilometers from the capital, San Jerónimo, Baja Verapaz. According to history this place 1.601 was known as the first sugar mill in Central America. He had introduced an innovative technology that Dominican priests at that time.The ingenuity of San Geronimo was equipped with milling houses, boilers and purgatory. In the first, were the presses which squeezed sugar cane juice for then undertake the process of crystallization and purified in purgatory is the final product.Today 400 years later, we can go back and give a sweet tour of...

 

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