Laguna Colorada

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Laguna Colorada
Andean Flamingos Laguna Colorada Bolivia Luca Galuzzi 2006.jpg
Location Potosí, Bolivia
Coordinates 22°11′55″S 67°46′52″W / 22.19861°S 67.78111°W / -22.19861; -67.78111Coordinates: 22°11′55″S 67°46′52″W / 22.19861°S 67.78111°W / -22.19861; -67.78111
Type salt lake
Basin countries Bolivia
Max. length 10.7 km (6.6 mi)
Max. width 9.6 km (6.0 mi)
Surface area 60 km2 (23 sq mi)
Average depth 0.35 m (1 ft 2 in)
Max. depth 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in)
Shore length1 35 km (22 mi)
Surface elevation 4,278 m (14,035 ft)
Official name Los Lípez
Designated 27 June 1990
Reference no. 489[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) is a shallow salt lake in the southwest of the altiplano of Bolivia, within Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve and close to the border with Chile.


The lake contains borax islands, whose white color contrasts with the reddish color of its waters, which is caused by red sediments and pigmentation of some algae.[2]


Laguna Colorada is part of the Los Lípez (formerly Laguna Colorada) Ramsar wetland. It was listed as a "Ramsar Wetland of International Importance" in 1990. On, July 13, 2009 the site was expanded from 513.18 to 14,277.17 km2 (5,512.45 sq mi) to include the surrounding high Andean endorheic, hypersaline and brackish lakes and associated wetlands (known as bofedales).[3]


James's flamingos abound in the area.[2] Also it is possible to find Andean and Chilean flamingos, but in a minor quantity.

A group of flamingoes in Laguna Colorada

See also[edit]

Andean flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus), Laguna Colorada.


  1. ^ "Los Lípez". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Laguna Colorada". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  3. ^ The Annotated Ramsar List: Bolivia

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