Perched at an elevation of more than 14,000 feet (4,267 meters), Bolivia’s Laguna Colorada is instantly recognizable thanks to its red-and-white waters. The red tint comes from pigments and sediments in the saltwater lake (as well as algae), while the white islands are borax deposits. Three of the six flamingo species in the world inhabit the area around the lake. 

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

Perched at an elevation of more than 14,000 feet (4,267 meters), Bolivia’s Laguna Colorada is instantly recognizable thanks to its red-and-white waters. The red tint comes from pigments and sediments in the saltwater lake (as well as algae), while the white islands are borax deposits. Three of the six flamingo species in the world inhabit the area around the lake. 
Photograph by Patrick Brandenburg, Tandem Stock

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