Everybody knows about the Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) of Bolivia, but do you know about the Eduardo Avaroa Andean National Reserve - Bolivia's most popular park?
Where is the Eduardo Avaroa Andean National Reserve?
It’s located in Bolivia’s far Southwestern reaches, and packs a huge range of landscapes into 2,760 square miles (7,147sq km). Think high desert plains, rugged mountains that go up to 6,000 metres and a red lake that is home to three types of rare flamingos.
We always related flamingo's to palm trees and hipster accessories, but three of the world's six flamingo species (Chilean, Andean and the endangered James flamingo) inhabit this hostile altiplano environment. In this barren landscape temperatures can drop subzero and some of the mineral lakes freeze overnight trapping their legs in the ice …but these badass birds seem to thrive here. It's their world???☃️ . . . . . . . #instatravel #bolivia #fujixpro1 #VSCOcam #photography #fujixseries #driving #trip #discoverbolivia #lagunasroute #flamingos #endangered #species #environment #conserve #natgeotravel #flamingo #badass #letsgosomewhere #welltraveled #neverstopexploring #exploration #world #travelstoke #overlanding #travel #igtravel #overland #expeditionoverland
However, be warned – there is a very high altitude here, which starts at 4,600m and ends at 4,970m. The reserve’s major attractions are erupting volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, lakes, fumaroles, mountains and windswept deserts.
How do you get there?
It’s in an extremely remote location but not too far from the infamous Salar de Uyuni (AKA the Bolivian salt flats you’ve seen all over Instagram). Head over to Colcha K (south of the salt flats) and from there it’s a 160km drive down to the entrance of the reserve. The track then goes up to 4,000m where you’ll see a series of snow-frosted volcanoes straddling the border. Alternatively, Contiki’s new trip, Bolivian Magic includes one night in the park reserve and takes care of all the logistics for you.
When is the best time to go?
Lucky for you, the climate here is dry pretty much all year round. In winter (May to August), and summer (December to April) temperatures average 3 °C (37 °F).
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