Laguna Verde (Bolivia)

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This article deals with Laguna Verde of Potosí, for Laguna Verde of Comarapa see Laguna Verde (Comarapa)
Laguna Verde
Laguna Verde, Bolivia.jpg
The green Laguna Verde
Location Altiplano, Sur Lípez Province, Potosí Department
Coordinates 22°47′38″S 67°48′44″W / 22.79389°S 67.81222°W / -22.79389; -67.81222Coordinates: 22°47′38″S 67°48′44″W / 22.79389°S 67.81222°W / -22.79389; -67.81222
Type salt lake
Basin countries Bolivia
Surface area 1.7 km²
Residence time UTC-4
Surface elevation 4,300 m (14,100 ft)

Laguna Verde (Spanish for "green lake")[1] is a salt lake in the southwest of the altiplano of Bolivia. It is located in the Potosí Department, Sur Lípez Province, on the Chilean border at the foot of the volcano Licancabur. Visitors may find some flamingoes dancing in the salt.


The Laguna Verde covers an area of 1700 ha, and a narrow causeway divides it into two parts. It is at the southeastern extremity of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve and Bolivia itself. It has mineral suspensions of arsenic and other minerals which renders colour to the lake waters. Its colour varies from turquoise to dark emerald depending on the disturbance caused to sediments in the lake by winds. In the backdrop of the lake there is the inactive volcano Licancabur (elevation 5,868m) which is a nearly perfect cone.[2] It is believed that an ancient crypt used to be at its peak. Icy winds are a common phenomenon here and lake waters can attain temperatures as low as -56 degree C but because of its chemical composition its waters still remains in a liquid state. It is 30 km far from the lake Palques.[3][4]

The Laguna Verde is well known for its spectacular scenery and hot springs.


  1. ^ Mandy Lineback; Jason Gritzner (1 January 2009). Bolivia. Infobase Publishing. pp. 21–. ISBN 978-1-4381-0488-1. 
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  3. ^ James Read; Rough Guides (2002). Bolivia. Rough Guides. pp. 200–. ISBN 978-1-85828-847-5. 
  4. ^ "Lonely Planet review for Laguna Verde". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Laguna Verde and Licancabur, 2007.