"Coban was a Must Stop between Sayaxche and Uspatan" Top 5 Page for this destination Cobán by atufft

Cobán Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 102 photos

Coban has some great views

Coban was a must stop between Sayaxche and Uspatan. The original plan was to travel from Sayaxche to Languin, but the transport through to Languin in the Mayan Highlands was more or less broken. We couldn't even hitch a ride with some farm workers. While the distance was as the crow flies seemingly close, the actual passage of time by dirt road in the back of such a vehicle was unthinkable. So, we backtracked a bit to Raxruja and picked up a van to Coban. Coban is no great shakes as a tourist town, but it does have some scenic charm, particularly from the top of the Mayan oriented El Calvario.

Presidential Elections Delayed Us a Day in Coban

I kept my ear to the radio listening to the news of the presidential election. Guatemalan politics has been know for violence, yet this election seemed to be one of the most civil contests in the country's history. The government declared that all bus transportation would be free for election day, so many private bus services promptly closed down for a day. This left us in Coban an extra day, so I continued to hike around town shooting more pictures.

Coban has Good Restaurants and Hotels, Fortunately

We were lucky enough to have good restaurants and pleasant hotel service, which as I now understand it is based in part upon the tourism to local plantations or coffee beans and cardomum. Then, following the delay of one day due to the Guatemalan presidential elections, we boarded an overly crowded "chicken bus" destine for Uspatan and Sacapulcas. As it turned out, Coban offers the shutterbug plenty to do for a couple of days at least.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Coban is an authentic Mayan City with few other tourists
  • Cons:Not a lot to do
  • In a nutshell:Traveling from Sayaxche to Panachel, Coban is a must stop.
  • Last visit to Cobán: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    El Calvario Church most certainly is worth the hike. What views it has. Nice page!

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    I enjoyed reading your Guatemala pages. We thought it was an amazing country !!

  • la_beba's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    What amazing pictures of my country!!! thanks for the tribute! when was the last time you went to Guate?

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2007 at 5:46 AM

    Good page with tips and pics. Looks like an interesting area to see.

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Coban does look like a sutterbug paradise for sure very nice page good photos. did you see any resplendent Quetzals. Nice photos of El Calvario

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:57 PM

    Great page with beautiful pictures!! I just love those bright colours of traditional dresses and the architecture!

  • Dulebg's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Very nice tips and photos!!! Have you considered working for National Geographic? :-)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    Like you pics of the locals and about their customs. Nice page. SL

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    nice to see such exotic places on VT !

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2006 at 3:45 AM

    Thank you for valuable advice in your email. I'll ask for more. Yes, here in PA, you can visit Palmyra, East Berlin and Scotland in one afternoon...


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