Global Insights: Colombia

By Marcelo Kawanami

Tota Landscape

Our trip around the main water resources in the globe and their current situation continues. Today we will explore Lake Tota in the beautiful Colombia, a country that is emerging as an economic power in Latin America. Lake Tota is the largest lake in Colombia and it is located in the department of Boyacá. A vital water source for the country, the lake is key to the tourism and also the ecosystem of the country. The iconic Lake Tota is the habitat for local wildlife, including several threatened or endangered bird species. Additionally, many cities surrounding the lake rely on this water resource for consumption and agriculture.

Nevertheless, the same agriculture that relies on the lake is also destroying it. The department of Boyacá, where the lake is located, is one of the main producers of onion in the region. The pesticides and fertilizers used in the cultivation of onions are strongly polluting the lake.

Many organizations are fighting for the lake’s protection, which recently gained global headlines but not for positive reasons.  I attached a video from BBC talking about the lake.

One of the main organizations that is focused in the social-environmental balance of the lake is Fundación Montecito ( I strongly recommend everyone to visit their website and check out their projects and actions.

2 thoughts on “Global Insights: Colombia

  1. To: Marcelo Kawanami

    Hi Marcelo,

    Just wanted to let you know I found your blog regarding your experience in our region, so decided to make a link to it in our forum where we collect various memories from travellers who have visited Sugamuxi province – here:

    I hope you like that mention, and we’d be happy in case you wish to explore our guide and eventually may consider a link to it in your blog.

    Best wishes,

    • Felipe,

      Thank you very much for your comment and for reaching our to Gamiing Nature Centre blog! Your comment is published and I had the chance to visit the links that you sent. Amazing region with tons of potential to leverage tourism with an sustainable economic development approach.

      Our blog has approximately 100 readers per month and hopefully some of them will visit your page! Stay tuned to our posts and if you find that there is a topic that might fit with your region, please let me know.

      Marcelo Kawanami
      Gamiing Nature Centre

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