Laguna Colorada, Eduardo Avaroa Andean National Reserve, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada, Eduardo Avaroa Andean National Reserve, Bolivia

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Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) is a shallow salt lake in the southwest region of Bolivia, located within Eduardo Avaroa Andean National Reserve and near the border to Chile. The lake has a high salt content and the fiery red color of Laguna Colorado comes from algae and plankton that thrive in the mineral-rich water of sodium, magnesium, borax and gypsum.Laguna Colorada is also a breeding ground for flamingos. The algae provides food for the rare James flamingos, along with the Chilean and Andean flamingos.

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