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Discovering Lake Cocococha: A Hidden Gem in Tambopata, Peru

  • 31 July, 2023
  • Baawaja Expeditions

Lake Cocococha

Imagine a place where the diversity of life overflows in every corner, where colors seem more vibrant and the sounds of nature envelop you in a reassuring embrace. That place exists, and it is Lake Cocococha in Tambopata, Peru. What makes this lake so special? What wonders await you when you visit it? Stay with us to discover it.

What is Lake Cocococha?

Located in the heart of Peru’s Amazon rainforest, Lake Cocococha is a natural gem nestled in the Tambopata jungle, in Puerto Maldonado. It is a calm body of water, surrounded by lush Amazonian vegetation, home to an astonishing diversity of fauna and flora.

The Fascinating Biodiversity of Lake Cocococha


Lake Cocococha is a true paradise for wildlife lovers. Among the most notable species is the giant otter, one of the largest carnivores in South America and one of the lake’s most emblematic inhabitants. Their playfulness and social behaviors are a spectacle that no visitor should miss.

In addition to otters, the lake is home to black caimans, a species of reptile that can reach up to 5 meters in length. These magnificent animals are usually seen at dusk when they come out of their hiding places to hunt.

The lake is also a gathering place for a variety of birds, including the Neotropical cormorant, the kingfisher, the great egret, and the harpy eagle. Sunrises on the lake are a choir of bird songs that no nature lover should miss.


The flora around Lake Cocococha is as varied and lush as its fauna. The giant trees of the Amazon, such as the shihuahuaco and the lupuna, mix with the multitude of endemic palms and orchids, creating a green landscape that reflects in the calm waters of the lake.

The Formation of Lake Cocococha

Lake Cocococha is what scientists call an “oxbow lake,” a natural formation that occurs when a river changes its course, leaving behind a body of water. This type of lake is very common in the Amazon and contributes to the richness and diversity of the ecosystem.

How to get to Lake Cocococha?

The adventure to Lake Cocococha begins in Puerto Maldonado, the nearest city and a hub for ecotourism in the region. From here, you can take a boat upstream on the Tambopata River to reach the Tambopata National Reserve. The journey along the river is an experience in itself, as it allows you to appreciate the majesty of the Amazon landscape.

Once in the reserve, you can reach Lake Cocococha through a hike through the jungle, which allows for a closer view of the local flora and fauna.

What activities can you do on Lake Cocococha?

Lake Cocococha offers a variety of activities for visitors. Among the most popular are:

Canoe Tour

One of the best ways to explore the lake is aboard a canoe. This activity allows you to navigate the calm waters of the lake, getting close to the wildlife and observing the spectacular landscapes from a unique perspective.

Night Walk

Night walks are an exciting experience that allows you to observe the lake’s nocturnal animals. With a flashlight and the guidance of an expert, you can have the opportunity to see caimans, owls, and other animals that only come out at dusk.

Jungle Hike

Jungle hikes allow you to explore the terrestrial ecosystem around the lake. With the guidance of a local expert, you can learn about the plants and animals of the region, as well as the customs and traditions of the local indigenous communities.

Respecting the Ecosystem of Lake Cocococha

Visiting Lake Cocococha is an opportunity to appreciate the richness of nature and to understand the importance of preserving these spaces. Therefore, it is essential that visitors follow the established conduct guidelines, which include not feeding the animals, not collecting plants, and leaving the place as clean as it was found.


Lake Cocococha is a jewel of the Peruvian Amazon, a meeting place between man and nature, where biodiversity overflows in every corner and unforgettable experiences are the order of the day. It is a place that deserves to be visited, respected, and preserved, so that future generations can also enjoy its beauty and wealth. ¿Are you ready to discover Lake Cocococha?



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