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Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon)

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This "red lagoon" is actually a shallow salt lake whose red color is due to red sediments and pigmentation of some algae in the water. It is also dotted with tiny white borax islands and is a popular feeding ground for hundreds of flamingos who come here for the rich supply of plankton.
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Shallow Salt Lake

Area Size

60 km2 (23 sq mi)


10.7 km (6.6 mi)

Known For

Blood-Red Waters (Red Lagoon)
Hundreds of Flamingos (3 Species: Chilean, Andean, James’ Flamingo)
Top Travel Destination in South America

Best Time to Visit

Dry Season: June to October

Max Water Depth

1.5 m (4 ft 11 in)

Day Trip from Major Cities

3 hour drive from Alota Canton
3.5 hour drive from San Cristobal
4.5 hour drive from Calama
5 hour drive from Uyuni

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

Special Info & Comments

Many visitors here also travel to the Salar de Uyuni



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