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“Surreal landscapes and isolation make for a fantastic experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Avaroa National Reserve

Avaroa National Reserve
Uyuni, Bolivia
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Uyuni
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: This sprawling grassy preserve is home to three rare species of flamingo.
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“Surreal landscapes and isolation make for a fantastic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

I did a 3-day-2-night excursion with Huracan tours (located to the right of the Todo Turismo office), and it was one of the best experiences I've had. I had seen a few photos of the lagoons and mountains before heading there, but they do not do justice to scenery there which was simply awe-inspiring.

One important factor is that this region is not frequented by too many tourists, so you often find that there is no sign of any human being or anything that is human-made. Even the spots which draw tourists (the geysers and fumaroles, the Stone Tree) do not have any barriers or guards around them lending an unspoiled view of nature.

And the vistas are simply incredible. In spite of the cold and the biting wind, I would often find myself gazing at my surroundings for several minutes. I found it hard to reconcile the bright blue (also red and green) waters of the lagoons with the arid land and the snow-capped mountains. The shapes and colours of the mountains were also unique and quite picturesque. For me, the Eduardo Avaroa National reserve had more appeal than the Salar de Uyuni.

Visited September 2012
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The variety of landscapes and sceneries is impressive. Lakes, volcanos, geysers, pink flamingos, deserts... amazing remote place that together with the Uyuni salt flat is definitely a world natural wonder.

Visited September 2012
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We did a three day trip with Red Planet. The tour was well organized and we meet our expectations. The landscape is unbelievable. Unlike any place I have ever been.

Visited August 2012
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“beautiful but cold”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

nothing espetacular, and too windy and cold to stay outside. not much structure; need a paid tour or your own 4x4.

Visited January 2012
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“The most amazing landscapes on this planet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

I have never before seen any place like this reserve. it is a surreal combination of colors, animals, and geologic features. Almost like walking through a Dr. Seuss book. The overall landscape features various shades of browns and tans, but with a the blues sky I've ever seen. Jutting up through the desert floor are towering, smoking volcanoes. At the foot of several of the mountains, lagoons have pooled, and collected minerals, giving them vivid colors; from scarlet red, to bleach white, intense blues and greens, etc. And to top it off, you can watch 3 different species of flamingo wading these lagoons. At 5,000 meters, Flamingos were certainly unexpected. To top off the whole experience, the landscape is dotted with various rock or ice (depending on the time of year) structures, which have been carved into Dali-esque shapes by the elements.

This is truly a one of a kind location on Earth. I couldn't recommend more highly!

Visited October 2011
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