Discovering Lake Cocococha: A Hidden Gem in Tambopata, Peru

Lago Cocococha - Giant River Otter - Tambopata

Imagine a place where the diversity of life overflows in every corner, where the colors seem more vivid and the sounds of nature wrap you in a calming 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? Stay with us to find out.

What is Lake Cocococha?

Located in the heart of the Amazon jungle of Peru, Lake Cocococha is a natural jewel in the middle of the Tambopata jungle, in Puerto Maldonado. It is a calm mirror 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 most emblematic inhabitants of the lake. Their frolics and social behaviors are a sight 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, kingfisher, gray heron and harpy eagle. Sunrises on the lake are a chorus of bird songs that no nature music lover should miss.


The flora around Lake Cocococha is as varied and exuberant as its fauna. The giant trees of the Amazon, such as the shihuahuaco and the lupuna, mix with the multitude of palm trees and endemic orchids, creating a green landscape that is reflected 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 closest city and an ecotourism center in the region. From here, you can take a boat up the Tambopata River until you 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, Lake Cocococha can be reached via a hike through the jungle, allowing for a closer view of the local flora and fauna.

What activities can you do at Lake Cocococha?

Lake Cocococha offers a variety of activities for visitors. Some of the most popular ones include:

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 closer to the fauna 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 expert guidance, you can have a chance to see alligators, owls, and other animals that only come out at dusk.

Jungle Walk

Jungle walks 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 Cocococha Lake Ecosystem

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 established behavioral guidelines, which include not feeding the animals, not collecting plants, and leaving the site 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. And you, are you ready to discover Lake Cocococha?

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