"A real slice of Colombians at Laguna de la Cocha" Laguna La Cocha by richiecdisc
Laguna La Cocha Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 24 photos
At twenty kilometers long and five kilometers wide, Laguna de la Cocha is not only a huge but also a stunning lake. The name cocha means lagoon in the native Quechua language. With a backdrop of rolling verdant hills, this mist-enshrouded gem features an idyllic island perfect for boat excursions. That this very island is home to an evergreen cloud forest that warrants its being a national park only adds luster to an already irresistible package. The thoroughly atmospheric affair is perhaps the top attraction of nearby Pasto even though it's a good 45 minutes away by taxi, the only way to get there by “public” transportation.
The gateway town of Las Cochas is very touristy but in a hokey kind of charming way and though it can become overrun, it is entirely by Colombians and perhaps a few stray Ecuadorians escaped from just over the border. So, this is no gringo-laden place to grab banana pancakes and if you are looking for a real slice of Colombia, this is it.
While I'm sure many come here for a night or two, it is mainly a day trip destination so you don't need to bring much.... more travel advice
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