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Laguna de la Cocha History

In ancient times, the Laguna and its Isla La Corota were sacred sites for the Quillacinga and other indigenous cultures. Centuries later, the Jesuits arrived on these shores and constructed a chapel to Our Lady of Lourdes on the Isla. Eventually, the Universidad de Nariño, recognizing the unique and fragile ecosystem of the isle, took it over and established a research center. In 1977, Isla La Corota was declared a Santuario de Flora y Fauna, and in 2000, 40,000 hectares (98,800 acres) of the lagoon’s region fell under a Ramsar Convention, giving it protection as a páramo ecosystem of international importance.










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