Overview

The crinkly mountains of Verapaz form an almost Alpine-like transition zone between the chilly western highlands and the steamy jungles of the lowland Petén in northern Guatemala. It’s a damp, humid region suitable for the cultivation of coffee, and large fincas cover much of the territory around Cobán, the main town.

The influence of the Maya is less obvious here, and the region is considered to be off the beaten track by visitors: but it’s well worth a visit to the dozy Q’eqchi’ village of Lanquín, base for explorations of the limestone caves and dips in the turquoise pools at Semuc Champey.

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This off-the-beaten-track area of limestone caves and turquoise pools forms the transition zone between the chilly western highlands and the steamy jungles of the lowland Petén in northern Guatemala. It’s a damp, humid region suitable for the cultivation of coffee, and large fincas cover much of the territory around Cobán, the main town.

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