Complejo de humedales Lagos de Tarapoto

Lagos de Tarapoto
Río Amazonas en Puerto Nariño
Guacamayas en Puerto Nariño
Pescador en Tipisca
Mercado Puerto Nariño
Puerto Nariño
San Juan de Atacuari
Puerto Nariño

Complejo de humedales Lagos de Tarapoto

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  • Area: 
    45,464 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    03°46'S 70°32'W
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The Site, located on the River Amazon in the far south of the country, consists of several lakes interconnected by rivers and creeks. The Lakes of Tarapoto sustain plant and animal species including the ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra), black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), 136 species of fish including the largest known freshwater fish, the pirarucu (Arapaima gigas), and more than 153 bird species. Grey and pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) use the Site as a habitat to teach their calves to fish. It also hosts threatened mammals such as the tapir (Tapirus terrestris), the giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus), the Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis), the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) and the anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla). This great biodiversity, and in particular the fish resources, supports the 22 indigenous communities of the TICOYA (Ticuna, Cocama and Yagua) indigenous reservation. The ecosystem also provides important functions such as flood and erosion control, waterways for transportation, recreation and tourism. The designation of the Lagos de Tarapoto Wetlands Complex as a Wetland of International Importance was achieved after a consultation process was completed and indigenous, national and regional authorities agreed to protect the Site.

Administrative region: 
Municipios de Puerto Nariño y Leticia, departamento del Amazonas

  • National legal designation: 
    • Parque Nacional Natural - Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu
    • Resguardo indígena - Resguardo indígena TICOYA (Ticuna, Cocama y Yagua)
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