Laguna Brava

Laguna Brava (Spanish for wild or rough lake, Spanish pronunciation: [laˈɣuna ˈβɾaβa]), also known as Yolnabaj is a karstic lake in Guatemala. It is situated in the municipality of Nentón (Huehuetenango), close to the border with Mexico. The lake is fed by several streams and subterraneous watercourses.[1]

Laguna Brava
Location of Laguna Brava in Guatemala.
Location of Laguna Brava in Guatemala.
Laguna Brava
Coordinates16°03′00″N 91°34′00″W / 16.05000°N 91.56667°W / 16.05000; -91.56667Coordinates: 16°03′00″N 91°34′00″W / 16.05000°N 91.56667°W / 16.05000; -91.56667
TypeKarstic lake
Primary inflowsRío Yalacastán
Basin countriesGuatemala
Max. length6 km (3.7 mi)
Max. width1.2 km (0.75 mi)
Surface area3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Surface elevation1,142 m (3,747 ft)

The area around Laguna Brava has been inhabited by Mayan communities of the Chuj ethnicity since the 19th century.[2] In the year 2000 a conflict over land usage emerged between indigenous communities depending on the land, and the American owners that just acquired it in order to transform it into a nature reserve.[2]


  1. ^ "Laguna Brava - A jewel of a lake in Guatemala". Friends of Laguna Brava. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). "Guía para la aplicación Judicial: Los derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas en el Convenio 169 de la OIT" (PDF). pp. 122–123. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 7 July 2008.

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