Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada at sunrise

Laguna Colorada

Continuing our journey to the north, we briefly stopped at the Customs Post of Hito Cajones (altitude 5,033m, probably the highest elevation of our trip) and reached a tiny village located close to Laguna Colorada at the end of the afternoon on December 1, 2016.  Our drivers took us to a belvedere situated on the southern side of the laguna, one mile away from the shelter where we were going to sleep, to admire the landscape and take a series of shots before sunset.

What a show, this is clearly the one!  If you were to visit only one salt lake in Bolivia, Laguna Colorada is the one. Fantastic colors with a dominant red (due to sediments and algae) and white borax islands. But they change completely depending on the time of the day. The water creates a network of complex meandering streams, just amazing.  And I won’t forget to mention the flocks of flamingos!

No need for a lot of commentary, images speak for themselves. They were shot at the end of day on December 1 and very early the next morning, either from the belvedere 40m above the lake or at lake level.

Sunrise

I also shot a few photos looking westward, with flamingos strolling on a quieter pound with golden hills in the background. Magnificent setting!

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

Sunset

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
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