Laguna de la Cocha

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La Cocha Lagoon
Laguna de la Cocha (Tomada desde el mirador).JPG
La Cocha from an overlook stop
LocationNariño, Colombia
Coordinates01°06′00″N 77°09′07″W / 1.10000°N 77.15194°W / 1.10000; -77.15194Coordinates: 01°06′00″N 77°09′07″W / 1.10000°N 77.15194°W / 1.10000; -77.15194
TypeCrater lake
Primary outflowsGuamués River, Putumayo River
Basin countriesAmazon basin
Surface area40.5 km2 (15.6 sq mi)
Surface elevation2,680 m (8,790 ft)
IslandsLa Corota Island
Designated8 January 2001
Reference no.1047[1]

La Cocha Lagoon (Spanish: Laguna de la Cocha) is a 39,000-hectare (96,000-acre) volcanic crater lake located within the Pasto Municipality in Nariño, Colombia.

La Cocha Lagoon is Colombia's second largest inland body of water after Lake Tota in terms of surface area.

Wildlife[edit]

La Cocha Lagoon surrounds La Corota Flora and Fauna Sanctuary which is home to mammals such as mountain tapir, northern pudu and spectacled bears, and bird species like grebes, golden peck duck, snipes, and andean ducks[2]

Important plant species include frailejon, Schoenoplectus californicus, and Juncus effusus.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laguna de la Cocha". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Laguna de la Cocha". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 7 April 2018.

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