Sur Lípez, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada

Red lake 4,000 meters above sea level is home to rare flamingos

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Contributor: serflac

Somewhere around 14,000 feet above sea level is Laguna Colorada, Bolivia's stunning white-speckled, red lake. Part of Bolivia's salt wonders of the altiplano, the lake and its nearly-extinct flamingo population draw visitors in to a bizarre landscape that is otherworldly.

The colors of Laguna Colorada stand out immediately upon seeing it. Tinged with red algae and other microorganisms, the water is a deep orange-red hue. Perfectly contrasted, the salt lake is dotted with large white pools caused by massive borax deposits on the lake's surface. Combined with the rolling mountains and craggy rock shores, Laguna Colorada is an immaculate and beautiful wildlife area.

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. During the mid-1950s, scientists had all but written them off as extinct, until a pack was found roaming South America. Today their habitat is contiually threatened, and they are classified as a endangered species.

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