“The surprise is that you continue to be surprised.” ― Jill A. Davis.
Not so much an attraction in itself, but an excellent jumping-off point for onward destinations. Cobán is a prosperous city with an upbeat feel. It also has a couple of surprises up it’s sleeve – great accomodation options and some excellent restaurants.
In the 19th century, German immigrants moved in, founding vast coffee and cardamom fincas and giving Cobán the look and feel of a German mountain town. The era of German cultural and economic domination ended during WWII, when the US prevailed upon the Guatemalan government to deport the powerful finca owners, many of whom supported the Nazis.
I chose to stay at Pensión Monja Blanca; calle 6-30 2a, Coban. Despite being on a busy street this a peace place to stay. Spotless rooms are arranged around a lush garden packed with fruit and hibiscus trees. Each room has an old-time feel to it and is furnished with good-quality beds with ‘folksy’ covers.
One of my favourite restaurants was La Abadía; calle Belice 3-98 Coban. The ambience, and quality of food here is first class.
Coban provides many options for onward travel including: Guatemala City, Chemuc Champey, and Flores, to name but a few.
Next stage: 2 stopovers en route to Flores.