The bodies of water of Colombia contribute to the country's diverse natural beauty, provide vital resources, and support a variety of ecosystems and human activities. They offer opportunities for tourism, recreation, and exploring Colombia's rich aquatic environments.
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Bodies of Water of Colombia
Bahía Portete – Kaurrele National Natural Park is located on the La Guajira Peninsula in the extreme north of Colombia, along the coast of the Caribbean Sea. It conserves essential ecosystems, including sedimentary beds, seagrass meadows, coral formations, mangroves, beaches, and rocky coastlines.
The Caquetá River, as it is known in Colombia, or the Japurá, as it is known in Brazil, is a tributary of the Amazon River. About two-thirds of the tributary is in Colombia, and the other one-third is in Brazil. The Caquetá-Japurá Basin is the ninth-largest tributary basin in the Amazon.
The Cauca River rises in southwestern Colombia and flows northward through the spectacular Cauca Canyon between the Occidental and Central Cordilleras of the Colombian Andes until it joins the Magdalena River before emptying into the Caribbean Sea.
The Gulf of Darién is the southernmost extension of the Caribbean Sea, situated off the northwestern coast of Colombia and the southeastern coast of Panama. The Gulf of Urabá, a long, wide inlet located on the coast of Colombia, is the southernmost portion of the Gulf of Darién.
Gulf of Venezuela: Guajira Peninsula (South America) The Editor Mon, 04/08/2019 - 22:01
The Gulf of Venezuela is an inlet of the Caribbean Sea bounded by Venezuela and Colombia. It is a shipping route for the petroleum-producing Maracaibo region. The Guajira Peninsula is located in northeastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela.
The Magdalena is Colombia's principal river. With more than ten tributaries, it flows northward through the Andes of western Colombia and empties into the Caribbean Sea in the north. The river basin is home to 80% of the nation's 48 million inhabitants and is the principal driving force of the local economy.
Orinoco River, Basin, and Delta (South America) The Editor Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:59
Beginning high in the Sierra Parima Mountains of Venezuela and Brazil, the Orinoco River flows in a giant arc before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean in Venezuela. Its tributaries are the primary transportation system for eastern and interior Venezuela and the Llanos of Colombia.
Río Negro: Amazonia (South America) The Editor Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:31
The Río Negro, the largest blackwater river in the world, is a major tributary of the Amazon. The source of the Río Negro lies in eastern Colombia's rainforests. At Manaus, the Río Negro joins the Solimões River to form the Amazon River. At this point, the "meeting of the waters" phenomenon occurs.