Laguna Blanca, laguna Verde
Laguna Blanca was our first spot in Bolivia. We reached it on the last day of November 2016 in the evening, spent the night in a simple refuge and were ready for action before sunrise.
We had the spot for ourselves, very few tourists around even though the salt lake is the main starting point for the ascent of Licancabur volcano which stands across the border between Bolivia and Chile.
The sun rose with a beautiful light which gave us enough time to fill memory cards. At an elevation of 4,350m, the characteristic white waters were still frozen early in the morning. Later, clouds started to pile-up and we left to go back to the refuge and enjoy breakfast. As always the lake was home to James flamingos, always very photogenic in particular during their flights.
Only separated from Laguna Blanca by a narrow corridor lies another salt lake called Laguna Verde. Usually, photographers capture incredible emerald colors but it was not the case during my visit. This may be due to the overcast weather or to chemical reactions within the lake which have a major influence on its variable color. Indeed there is a high concentration of copper (hence the green color), magnesium and arsenic in Laguna Verde!