Today the alarm clock rang already at 6 o’clock, because the visit to the Bolivian National Park “Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa” was on our daily program.
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Eduardo Avaroa National Park
The National Park “Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa” is the most visited national park in Bolivia and covers an area of about 7,147 km2. It is an average of 4,000 meters above sea level, which can often lead to headaches during a tour. Despite the extreme environment, at least 190 plant species grow in the nature reserve. The species have adapted to the harsh conditions of salinity, lack of fresh water, low temperatures and lack of nutrients.
Our current programme
Our tour description for today looked like this according to the program:
This day starts at 7:00 am. Waking up for breakfast and then get ready to begin an amazing day. First you got to be in the Rock Vally – a very strange place with amazing rock formations. Afterwards taking the way south direction you will get the Andean lagoons where flamingos are hanging around in hundreds (along the year three spices of flamingos can be found). After these nice landscapes, going farther south you will get the big desert of Siloli at 4550 high (highest and driest in the world). Once you crossed this desert in the other side of it you will see the rock tree (lava cooled- rock formation). Later that day the last stop will be in the amazing Red Lagoon to see some pink flamingos and the redness of the water from the view point. Afterwards the car will take you to the shelter (Big dorms for 5 or 6 people) to spend the second night (hot coffee or chocolate) will be waiting for you when arriving there.
We have drawn the corresponding route in Google Maps.
The journey through the plateaus of the National Park
The path through the national park has led us through beautiful landscapes that could not have been more varied: snow, vegetationless desert, rocky seas, bush landscapes… and in between again and again a lot of animals.
It looked great as the dusty desert (the higher as they came) became more and more of a snowy landscape.
The Rock Valley
The first stop was the “Rock Valley”.
Flamingos at an altitude of 4000 meters
Again and again we passed beautiful mountain lakes with many flamingos. And with flamingos at an altitude of over 4,000 meters, we hadn’t necessarily expected 🙂 The reserve is home to a total of 80 species of birds, including three species of flamingos (Phoenicopterus andinus, Chileflamingo and James Flamingo), Andean geese, falcons, ducks, Andean condors, nandus and Darwin-Nandus. There are also 23 species of mammals, including pumas, Andean foxes, viscachas and vikunjas. Lunch was served in the middle of the prairie.
Arbol de Piedra – The tree of stone
The next stop was the “Arbol de Piedra” (“tree of stone”), a tree of volcanic stone about 7 meters high. It is located in the Bolivian Siloli Desert, a plateau between the western and eastern Andes at an altitude of 4,500 meters.
The Laguna Colorada
And the journey continued to the “Laguna Colorada”, a shallow large reddish lake with many flamingos and some alpacas.
All travelogues from BoliviaNo matter if La Paz, the salt desert Salar de Uyuni with the railway cemetery or the magnificent mountain world of the Andes in the national park "Eduardo Avaroa" - our trip through Bolivia really inspired us and we could collect many new impressions!
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Uyuni – The old railway cemetery in the desert (Bolivia)
Salar de Uyuni – The largest salt desert in the world (Bolivia)
Eduardo Avaroa National Park – Rock Valley & Laguna Colorada (Bolivia)
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