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Avaroa


National Andean Fauna Reserve Eduardo Avaroa (REA). The National Andean Fauna Reserve Eduardo Avaroa is located south of Potosi with a total expanse of 7,147 square kilometers. It holds extraordinary lagoons, a large diversity of unique flora, fauna, geysers, amazing geo-gardens and general beauty. This natural reserve was created in 1973 and its immense boundaries extend south to the border with the Republic of Argentina and west to the border with the Republic of Chile. The climate is cold and dry at altitudes of between 4200 and 6000 meters above sea level. Eduardo Avaroa Reserve or REA is situated on the Western Mountain Range of the Andes, a region known for its extensive barren plains and scattered volcanic peaks. The zone is most famous for its wide frozen deserts and for its semi-arid high steppes. Throughout the expanse, there are several salt water lagoons, most of which originate from glaciers and peat bogs. Among the fauna there are the: vicuña (Vicugna vicugna); Andean cat (Felis jacobita); lesser rhea (Pterocnemia pennata); horned coot (Fulica cornuta), giant coot (Fulica gigantean); and three species of flamingos: Andean, James and Chilean (Phoenicoparri andinus, jamesi and chilensis). These birds are known for their large nesting colonies. There are also a number of smaller birds, such s: buff-breasted earth creeper (Upucerthia validirostris), diademed plover (Phegornis mitchellii) and other migratory birds.

At the reserve there are also the following attractions:
Árbol de Piedra (Stone Tree)
is a cluster of rock formations, which has a particular evolution and shape caused by erosion in the area. This almost surreal scenario is surrounded by desert sand: a truly uncanny sight for visitors.

Laguna Colorada(Red Lagoon) is located at 4278 meters above sea level with a total surface area of 60 square kilometers. A lagoon with several colours, it has a predominant array of red shades caused by animal plankton, phytoplankton and other elements. The beauty of the surrounding landscape contrasts with the reddish hue of the lagoon and the pink flamingos to create a dazzling sight. This place also known as the Nest of the Andes, shelters more than 30,000 flamingos of three different species, all of which make this area their nesting spot, but it is James flamingo that has the highest concentration. On the road to the Red Lagoon stands the active volcano. There is also a chain of several small lakes, inhabited mostly by flamingos, as well as the thermal waters of Chalviri (30° Centigrade) containing mostly salt water. There is a good hotel between the small lakes and Laguna Colorada, you don't need to suffer the miners barracks anymore in those trips. Sol de Mañana (Morning Sunlight). About an hour ride from the Red Lagoon, there are several geysers. This endless supply of water spits out from the earth at a temperature of 90 deg; centigrade through fumaroles and cracks. Sometimes even volcanic lava erupts from these openings. These should only be viewed from a safe distance, mainly because of ground instability.

Laguna Verde(Green Lagoon) is located in the southeastern corner of Potosi at the foot of the Lincabur Volcano, at a total altitude of 4,350 meters above sea level. It has a surface area of 17 Km sup2;, and when seen for the first time, it is often described as a vision of the end of the world. It is actually divided into two major bodies of water and its particular coloring comes mainly from the high magnesium content that exists in most of the geological formations in the area. The landscape is truly fascinating, especially at sunset upon the zenith. On the shores of the lagoon lay enormous volcanic black-stones and saline rock formations that seem to rise up magically out of the ground. This is simply the perfect scenario for long, peaceful and memorable hikes; a great place also for adventure and ecological tourism. The inactive Lincancabar Volcano lies at 5,868 meters above sea level and has the almost perfect shape of a cone. It is found towards the western end of the Green Lagoon and indicates the borderline between Bolivia and Chile. It takes five hours to climb this volcano over very steep and rocky slopes and whoever dares to climb it must face extremely strong prevailing winds that come from the Pacific Ocean. One can see several deep valleys from the summit as well as numerous lagoons inside and outside of the park.

Basic Recommendations to Travelers: The months of July through November (dry season) are ideal to visit this region. During the rainy season, the Salt Lake is usually covered with a layer of water making it impossible to cross the area. Do not enter the Salt Lake desert without a guide. There are thermal baths in the area, but it is recommended that you consult with your guide and possibly your doctor before entering the water. It is essential to take a good sun block and dark sun glasses into the area to protect against the strong radiation. Take binoculars to watch flamingos or better yet, a spotting scope. Do not stay to long in the geyser local Sol de la Mañana; because the inhaled fumes may cause nausea and dizziness. Do not approach the fumes too closely, always follow the preventative signs. Take enough warm clothing, bottled water, a medical kit, swimwear, long trousers, a flashlight, and photographic or video equipment with enough memory and battery supply. If you travel independently, take precautions that include extra gasoline and gallons of water and a set of tools. Upon your departure, always check in with the Uyuni Tourism Regional Department in order to indicate your length of stay.





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