The toponym "La Cocha" comes from the Quechua native South American language word "Kkocha", which means "lagoon, so it was called this place by the native people, where in former times there used to be a lagoon that drained to the east. This is scientifically proven by excavations, where remainings of snails and aquatic flora can be found underground. An old legend tells that a crying woman tears formed the old lagoon of "La Cocha" then afterwards it dried up, in what nowadays is called the District of La Cocha.

A safari /səˈfɑːri/ is an overland journey, usually a trip by tourists to Africa. In the past, the trip was often a big-game hunt, but today, safari often refers to trips to observe and photograph wildlife—or hiking and sight-seeing as well.

The Swahili word safari means journey, originally from the Arabic سفر (safar) meaning a journey. Safari entered the English language at the end of the 1850s thanks to Richard Francis Burton, the famous explorer and nowadays used for journeys anywhere in the world.

We have chosen as the icon of our expeditions the as Opossum.


The opossum is one of the descendants of a very old family of South American marsupials; The species has survived numerous changes in the continent over millions of years, without varying much evolutionarily, so it could be considered as a living fossil.


Many times mistakenly confused with rodents and mistreated by humans, it is the only American marsupial, only found on this continent, nowhere else in the world, it belongs to the kangaroos and koalas family, and plays a fundamental role In the ecological chain, freeing the human being from poisonous snakes, scorpions and other insects.

We are people from La Cocha and we love the La Cocha Department. At Cocha Safaris we have a passion for what we do. We invite you to take part in this great adventure through the south of Tucumán, discovering the unknown, places to which no one arrives, and adopting the spirit of Cocha Safaris!

Why Cocha Safaris?


Primera Cascada en el area de San Ignacio y Los Pizarro