Photography: Pink Flamingos add color to the ‘Laguna Colorada’, Bolivia.

22 Apr
Photography: Pink Flamingos add color to the ‘Laguna Colorada’, Bolivia.


Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) is a shallow salt lake in the southwest of the altiplano of Bolivia, within Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, close to the Chilean border.



Exploring the amazing beauty of Laguna Colorada is a sheer delight for any traveler. Laguna Colorada is a breeding ground for the famous flamingos. The algae of Laguna Colorada are the source of food for the rare James flamingos and also for the Chilean and Andean flamingos.




There are also over 50 species of other birds which have made this lake their home. It is an unforgettable scene to watch the flocks of flamingos on the lake as they collect their food and fly over the red water.













The so-called Laguna Colorada covers about 60 sq. kilometers (37 sq. miles), with a depth of about 50 cm (20 inches).



With a high salt content, the fiery red color of Laguna Colorado is derived from algae and plankton that thrive in the mineral-rich water of sodium, magnesium, borax and gypsum; as well as red sediments and pigmentation of some algae.


James’s Flamingos abound in the area.

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12 responses to “Photography: Pink Flamingos add color to the ‘Laguna Colorada’, Bolivia.

  1. Trilingual Mama

    April 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Surreal! Absolutely stunning photography of an absolutely stunning place!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 26, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Trilingual Mama! Glad you liked the photos – and you’re right – it’s an absolutely beautiful sight!

  2. colonialist

    April 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    So sad that the flamingoes we used to have are victims of ‘progress’ and are seen no more. Lovely sights.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Colonialist! Here, the James’ Flamingos abound – thankfully! :o

  3. Tanya Antosik

    April 22, 2014 at 9:32 am


  4. Too Mutch For Words

    April 22, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Awesome photos!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Thank you very much! Positive feedback is always welcomed! :o

  5. komarovstyle

    April 22, 2014 at 2:57 am

    so beautiful and perfect photography… this post

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 22, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Thank you so very much, Komarovstyle! The place is beautiful, the light, so perfect – no way to get a bad photo shot! :o Thanks for stopping by and sharing your impresssions!

  6. N5PIX

    April 22, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Wow! Amazing, do you want company? I can leave next Thursday! :-)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Thanks, N5! I already took the husband, our 3 kiddos, and our friends! Thanks for the offer… maybe next time? It’s definitely a must-see here in Bolivia! Thank you for stopping by and commenting – much appreciated :o


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