Bolivia — Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada (“Red Lagoon”) is a shallow salt lake in the southwest of the altiplano of Bolivia close to the border with Chile. Tinged with red algae and other microorganisms, the water is a deep orange-red hue. The salt lake is dotted with large white pools caused by massive borax deposits on the lake’s surface. Besides tourists, a rare breed of flamingo has also flocked to the area for centuries. James’s Flamingo, also called the puna flamingo, is native to the Andes and the Altiplano area. Although they seem plentiful on the shores of Colorada, they are in fact very rare.

Photos taken December 2014 (Nikon D7000).

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