Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon), located in the Bolivian Altiplano, is a natural wonder that must be seen to be believed. The shallow lake, fed by hot springs, is a stunning shade of reddish-orange, with white borax islands dotting its surface.
The lake is home to a variety of wildlife, including three species of flamingos – the Chilean, James’s, and Andean flamingos. These vibrant birds can be seen wading through the shallow waters, searching for food.
In addition to the flamingos, visitors may also spot llamas, vicuñas, and even the occasional viscacha (a type of rodent) along the shores of the lake.
One of the most popular ways to experience Laguna Colorada is by taking a guided tour through the reserve. The tours often include a visit to the nearby geysers, where boiling water and steam shoot up from the earth’s surface. The hot springs also provide a unique opportunity for a natural hot spring bath, where visitors can relax and soak in the warm waters. I visited the lagoon by joining the three-day Salar de Uyuni Tour.
Visit During the Rainy Season
Also, the best season to experience the Red Lagoon is to visit during the rainy season, when the lake is at its most vibrant and the flamingos are at their most active.
Despite its remote location, reaching Laguna Colorada is relatively easy. The lake is located about a four-hour drive from the town of Uyuni, which can be reached by car from La Paz or Sucre. From Uyuni, tours can be arranged to visit the lake and surrounding area.
Overall, the Red Lagoon is a must-see destination for any traveler visiting Bolivia. Its unique color and abundance of wildlife make it a one-of-a-kind experience.
Take a One Day or Multi-Day Tour?
If you decide to go on a tour, many companies offer both day trips and multi-day excursions. These tours typically include stops at nearby attractions, such as Laguna Colorada (a red lake with flamingos) and the Valley of the Rocks (lined with strange rock formations). Click the thumbnails below for the type of tour or excursion you want.