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What's in a name? Laguna Colorada

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Near the Bolivian border with Chile, high in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, sits a shallow salt water lake called Laguna Colorada.  At 14,000 feet above sea level, the lake stretches across 15,000 acres yet averages only 3 feet in depth.  Filled with large amounts of red algae, sodium borate and plankton, this Red Lagoon is dotted with little white mineral islands and home to hundreds of endangered James flamingos. With the snow capped Andes mountain range as a backdrop, the Laguna Colorada is widely considered an otherworldly landscape and only part of a larger wetland system offering geysers, hot springs and brightly colored water bodies.  

 

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