Coco River

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Coco River
Mosquito coast.jpg
CountryNicaragua, Honduras
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationSomoto Canyon, Madriz Department, Nicaragua
 ⁃ coordinates13°27′06″N 86°42′32″W / 13.45167°N 86.70889°W / 13.45167; -86.70889
 ⁃ elevation2,219 ft (676 m)
MouthCaribbean Sea
 ⁃ location
 ⁃ coordinates
15°00′N 83°08′W / 15.000°N 83.133°W / 15.000; -83.133
 ⁃ elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Length750 km (470 mi)
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX
CocoRiver lo rez.svg

The Río Coco, formerly known as the Río Segovia, Cape River,[1] or Yara River,[2] is a river in northern Nicaragua and southern Honduras. The Miskito Indians who live along the river know it as the Wanki or Wanks River. It is the longest river that runs entirely within the Central American isthmus.[3]

The river originates in the Somoto Canyon National Monument, near where the Pan American Highway crosses into Nicaragua, and flows through low mountainous terrain 750 kilometres (470 mi) into the Caribbean Sea at Cabo Gracias a Dios; the middle and lower reaches form the Honduras-Nicaragua border.

On September 7, 2007, major international news wires reported that the Río Coco was over 11 metres (36 ft) above normal stage, two days after category 5 Hurricane Felix made landfall.


Point Coordinates
(links to map & photo sources)
Somoto Canyon - source 13°27′06″N 86°42′32″W / 13.4518°N 86.7088°W / 13.4518; -86.7088 (Somoto Canyon - source) Elevation: 2219 ft
El Ocotal 13°36′40″N 86°28′10″W / 13.6111°N 86.46944°W / 13.6111; -86.46944 (El Ocotal) Elevation: 1776 ft
Los Encuentros 13°29′45″N 86°16′00″W / 13.4959°N 86.2667°W / 13.4959; -86.2667 (Los Encuentros) Elevation: 1509 ft
Jicaro River confluence 13°31′00″N 86°00′10″W / 13.5167°N 86.0028°W / 13.5167; -86.0028 (Jicaro River confluence) Elev: 1150 ft
Joins Nicaraguan-Honduran border 13°49′58″N 85°45′10″W / 13.8328°N 85.75278°W / 13.8328; -85.75278 (Joins Nicaraguan-Honduran border) Elev: 856 ft
Waspam 14°44′45″N 83°58′20″W / 14.7458°N 83.9722°W / 14.7458; -83.9722 (Waspam) Elev: 83 ft
Cabo Gracias a Dios - mouth 15°00′00″N 83°08′00″W / 15.00°N 83.1334°W / 15.00; -83.1334 (Cabo Gracias a Dios - mouth) Elev: 0 ft

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cape River-Capua, Chest of Books website, accessed 8 March 2010.
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1900). "Lussan, Raveneau de" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  3. ^ Aragón R., William. "Desentrañando el Gran Cañón". La Prensa (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-08-08.