The city of Cobán is the capital of the department of Alta Verapaz in central Guatemala. It also serves as the administrative center for the surrounding Cobán municipality. It is located 219 km from Guatemala City.Cobán, at a height of 1320 m above sea level, is located at the center of a major coffee-growing area.
The city was founded by Dominican friars in 1543. Popular tourist spots in the city of Cobán include the El Calvario Church, the Dieseldorff coffee plantation, the Principe Maya Archaeological Museum, and Coban's central plaza.Cobán is surrounded by mountains laden with orchids, the rare Monja blanca orchid is the departmental symbol.There can be found multiple caves, waterfalls and forests which are home to the rare Quetzal