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Red lagoon

A flamingos’ sanctuary between volcanos and hot springs

•type:

•interest:

NATURAL

LAGOON

•location:
POTOSÍ DEPARMENT
•country:
BOLIVIA
 

Red lagoon

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ABOUT - 

Red lagoon

Red Lagoon known in Spanish as “Laguna Colorada” is a nesting site for thousands of Andean flamingos at the Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, in the Potosí high plateau, south of Bolivia.

 

It is called Red Lagoon for the coloration of its waters that are pigmented by algae and sediments. Its tones range from brown to deep red. It is 10.7 km long by 9.6 km wide, with an area of 54 km² and an average depth of 35 cm. Its annual precipitation is 75 mm. Some other lagoons in the Reserve are Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon), Laguna Salada (Salty Lagoon), Laguna Busch and Laguna Hedionda (Stinky Lagoon).

 

The Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve is the most southwestern corner of Bolivia, a protected area with 40,000 visits per year. The Reserve has a group of mountains which are among the highest ones on the border with Chile and Argentina. It offers a landscape of erupting volcanoes, hot springs, geysers and fumaroles, covering an area of ​​7,100 km2. Its most impressive volcanoes are the Licancabur and the Sairecabur, which surpass 5,000 meters of height, but the Reserve has some other 36 elevations of more than 4,000 meters.

 

The biological data of the Eduardo Abaroa Reserve are important. There are 190 species of plants and trees that grow in an extreme environment. There are also 80 birds species, being the most representative the three species of flamingoes that are its main tourist attraction (Andean flamingo, Chilean flamingo, James flamingo), but you can also find Andean geese, hawks, ducks, ñandú (bird similar to ostrich), Andean condor and keñua. Finally, the Reserve is also home to 23 species of mammals, including vicuñas, pumas, Andean foxes and vizcachas.

 

Red Lagoon and the Eduardo Abaroa Reserve are one of the Bolivian regions with the highest economic depression because of its steep topography and remote location. The beauty of the sites is a tourist attraction, nevertheless, it is highly recommended to visit it through a qualified tour operator to avoid its deterioration by disorganized visits. Other human practices that endanger these unique sites are mining and livestock.

 

PRACTICAL - 

Red lagoon

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Red Lagoon, Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia

  • Monday to sunday, opende 24 hours

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Uyuni city - 292 km - 181miles

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

La Paz city´s airport - 833km - 518miles

PROFILE

• Interest:

NATURAL

• Kind:

SYLVAN

• Min. visit time hours:

1

PLACE

• Class:

4276

• Altitude meters:

LAGOON

• Type:

14035

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

1

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Experiential journey.

SPORTS:

  • Walking

  • Trekking.

  • Running.

  • Camping.

SPECIALIZED:

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

  • Geo interpretation.

  • National Natural Heritage.

  • National protected area.

  • RAMSAR World Importance Wetland.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • The entrance fee to the Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve is S/ 150 bolivianos.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • A camera.

  • Water.

  • A hat or a cap.

  • Light and warm clothing.

  • Comfortable shoes for trekking.

  • Binoculars.

  • A video camera.

  • Medication against altitude sickness.

  • Sunscreen.

  • Sunglasses.

  • Passport.

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Red lagoon

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