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Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna

Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna
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This sprawling grassy preserve is home to three rare species of flamingo.
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BobSt23
Sydney, Australia531 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
The Antiplano region covering southern Bolivia is an area visited with tour groups or tour guides. It will usually take 2 days to get from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile to Uyuni in Bolivia.
As far as I know, self-driving is not permitted through the national park and over the roads connecting the Bolivian border near San Pedro de Atacama and Uyuni. If you could self-drive, it would be a brave choice. The roads are a maze and extremely rough. There are very few signs to show the way and the poor driver would not be able to enjoy any section of the journey as they would have to be too focused on the road.
After the painful exercise of the border crossing, the remoteness and beauty of the region opens before you. There are many places to stop and marvel at, including lakes of every colour, volcanic activity, hot springs, colourful hills and mountains and all types of strange rock formations. The promised flamingos do not disappoint – they are there and plentiful, especially at the famous Laguna Colorado.
The ride is rough along the stony volcanic trails. And it’s high, so prepare for possible altitude sickness (prior medication may help as it’s pretty much impossible to ease your way to the higher elevations as often advised). Also, there can be temperature extremes. I can’t say what it would be like in summer but at the time I went in mid-April, it was so cold it did make it difficult to get out of the car.
Overall though, the experience is unmissable and is definitely one to jot on your bucket lists.
Check out my other reviews of places, hotels and experiences throughout South America.
Written 1 June 2023
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1976filipm
7 contributions
May 2019
Reserve Avaroa is one of the most amazing place we have visited. Raw with unique landscape, sandy deserts with strange rock formations. Most beautiful lagoons shining with different colors, geysers and lot more. Everything on the elevation of 4-5000 meters. We have taken also nice relaxing hot bath in hotsprings which in such chilly surroundings was nice experience. Generally if you love nature, in various forms, you would love this place. You shall however not expect nice hotels with comfy beds and clear rooms. Contrary you would find very basic accommodation with no heating in the rooms which at very low temperatures that you can experience here at night, dropping often below zero was also challenging, especially when you travel with small kinds (we have used several llama blankets to warm up and were sleeping fully dressed). For us another experience :)
Written 18 January 2020
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Unelma333
Karlsruhe, Germany1,230 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
The natural reserve is part of every 3-day tour starting from Uyuni or San Pedro. It is close to the Chilean border. I found this area magically beautiful. I was especially impressed by the lakes like Laguna Colorada or Laguna Verde, but there are also wonderful rock formations, volcanoes and the impressively colourful Geiser Sol de Mañana and Salvador Dali desert. Not mentioning flamingos, lamas, vicuñas... Endless beautiful photo opportunities everywhere.
The average altitude is somewhere around 4500-4600 meters, so in my opinion it is better to start from the Bolivian side in order to be accustomed to altitude.
Written 8 January 2019
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Katka F
58 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
I have visited this national park as part of the 3 day Uyuni tour. If you are a nature lover, it's a must do/see place and should be very high up in your itinerary. Wild animals freely roaming around you, snow-capped mountains, wide desert and those lagunas...simply breathtaking.
Written 4 October 2018
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Sander_Yoho
Den Bosch, The Netherlands1,201 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
I could see the difference with the landscapes in this national park compared to the landscape outside. Maybe because we couldn’t visit everything due to the snow, but I would avoid paying 150 bs per person and driving all this way. Actually we went in, slept at a very cold hostel and left the park again the next day. Not worth it at all in this cold season.
Written 26 July 2018
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Ciara Led
Makati, Philippines394 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
There are not enough words in the English language to describe how spectacular this park is! Vicuña, llamas, andean squirrel are only some of the cute animals you’ll see. There are desserts, lagoons and what have yous here. It’s like being transported to another world!
Written 8 May 2018
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Africa Eddie
Sydney, Australia9,634 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Lagoons of many colours.
Flamingoes in the lakes.
Radical rock formations
Lots of lamas
Gasy geisers
Stunning scenes
Voluptuous volcanoes
Distant deserts
Dali desert damsels
This national park makes deserts appealing. We had a great time over two days.
Must do and with a guide
Written 17 November 2017
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antwerp88
Toronto, Canada668 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
The Eduardo Avaroa national Reserve of Andean Fauna is a landscape of breathtaking beauty. It is located in SW Bolivia and part of the Altiplanico area - high altitude and dry. Most people traveling from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama will pass through this reserve - sublime landscapes, flamingos, lagunas (of different colors), and wildlife. Easily one of the most stunning landscapes I have ever seen.
Written 11 June 2017
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ExpatFamily2007
Adelaide, Australia274 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
This place is amazing and worth the visit from Atacama. Very high altitude - starts at 4600m and ends at 4970m. We did this with two children aged 9&10. Both were fine. The adults got slight headaches which improved as we lowered. The scenery is simply amazing. Flamingos are great.
Written 27 April 2017
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elizhar76
Broadbeach, Australia81 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
Spent 2 days in the national park on the way from San Pedro to Uyuni. There are some pretty impressive lakes at such a high altitude (I had altitude sickness for half a day). Also got to see a smouldering volcano. Watch the Top Gear Bolivia special to get a bit of an idea of what this place is like. Plus you get to see heaps of flamingos, llamas and alpacas. The places to stay are very, very basic so don't expect too much.
Written 7 January 2017
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