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.
|Primary inflows||Río Yalacastán|
|Max. length||6 km (3.7 mi)|
|Max. width||1.2 km (0.75 mi)|
|Surface area||3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)|
|Surface elevation||1,142 m (3,747 ft)|
The area around Laguna Brava has been inhabited by Mayan communities of the Chuj ethnicity since the 19th century. 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- Prensa Libre article on the Laguna Brava and the land conflict between new US owners and local Mayan communities
- Friends of Laguna Brava