Southern Deserts

Why Visit Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve and the southern deserts

The southern deserts of Bolivia are an area of surreal beauty, barren wilderness, big skies and stunning scenery that stretches as far as the eye can see. Roads are non-existent in this remote other-worldly area, but those that make the effort to visit the southern deserts in Bolivia will be richly rewarded.

About the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve and the southern deserts

The Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa was created in 1973 with the aim of protecting the flamingos and vicuna that inhabit the area. Andean wildlife is rich in the reserve with over 80 different types of bird, all three species of South American flamingos including the world’s largest population of rare James flamingo. Large groups of vicunas, a wild South America camelid, can be seen grazing the Altiplano in large groups, whilst viscachas and Andean foxes are harder to find but do live in the reserve.

The scenery is what really dominates the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve, home to volcanoes, high-altitude deserts, lagoons of varying colours, geysers and bubbling mud pools, incredible rock formations including the Dali desert and steaming hot springs.

  • Travel by 4WD vehicle and admire the red algae-rich waters of Laguna Colorada which provides vital nourishment to scores of James flamingos.
  • Cautiously observe pressurised steam spouting majestically from the Sol de Mañana geyser in a very active volcanic area
  • Explore the barren wilderness and admire the shimmering reflection of Volcán Licancabur in the still emerald waters of Laguna Verde.
  • Soak in the natural hot springs on the edge of Laguna Salada, average temperatures are 40oC and the scenery around is unreal.
  • Sleep the night in the Silolo Desert, the highest desert in the world
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