Looking at the water of Lagoa da Araraquara, it’s easy to see why it is popularly known as Coca Cola Lagoon. It has the same dark hue, but very different ingredients and no carbonation. Instead of caramel, the water of this popular lagoon is colored by a concentration of iodine and iron, in combination with the pigmentation of the reeds near its shores.
Located on the south coast of Rio Grande do Norte, just under 100 km from Natal, Coca Cola Lagoon is both one of the most popular and also the most unusual tourist attraction in the Brazilian state. Kids love it, especially when they hear its nickname, but some adults are put off by the dark coloration of the water.
During the summer, the shallow water of the Coca Cola Lagoon becomes very warm, making it the perfect spot for a family bathing session or a boar ride. There are also those who believe that that the chemical combination that gives the water its Coca Cola-like color also has a positive effect on health.
So if you’re ever in the Baia Formosa region of Rio Grande do Norte, Coca Cola Lagoon is one attraction you don’t want to miss. After all, how often do you get to see a coca cola lake?