Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna

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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1976filipm
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 January 18, 2020
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Johann&Sandra
8,271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa (Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve) is the most visited protected area in Bolivia. That does not mean it is overrun by tourists - not by a long shot. Located in the far southwestern corner of Bolivia, at an altitude of about 15,000 feet, it is in one of the most remote areas on earth. Uyuni is a full day drive from here. To reach from Uyuni, you pretty much have to take one of the 3-day or 4-day Salar de Uyuni circuit tours in a 4WD Land Cruiser. The road is not easy - it is unpaved, sometimes nonexistent, and very bumpy. There are no facilities along the way to speak of. You will pass fabulous volcanic landforms along the way to get here, but other than a few vicunas, that's about it.

Once you finally arrive (usually on the 3rd day of the 3-day circuit), you find yourself at the Aguas Termales (hot springs) where you can swim if you're insane. It is freezing and the wind is howling, but some Russian folks were doing just that when we arrived at about 6:30 AM. There are some bathrooms here for 3 Bs (50 cents), and they're the only ones so use them (nasty though, and bring your own toilet paper). There is a small place where you can get some candy and the like but not much else.

Entering the park through the gate, you're on your way to some spectacular attractions like Arbol de Piedra (the stone tree) and other bizarre rock formations, Sol de Manana which is a geothermal hotbed where sulfur is gushing out of the ground. It is still freezing cold and windy as all get out, so the steam effect is remarkable. You will see three different species of flamingos (yes, at 15,000 feet in the freezing cold!), wild vicunas and if you're lucky one of the rock dwellers like Vizcachas. You will see massive 20,000-foot volcanoes painted all kinds of different colors by the mineral deposits, towering over spectacular lagoons of red, green, and white colors. Of these, Laguna Colorada is the most spectacular - the lagoon is a fiery red color, filled with pink Andean flamingos, all in the shadow of a volcano. I've never seen anything like it. The best view of it by far is on the way back to Uyuni though - much better than the view you see as you enter the park, so save your photos.

You will be stunned by the geologic formations you see in this reserve, and by the sheer remoteness of it all. You will actually drive through volcanic craters and see first hand the work of mother nature over the centuries in the remote regions of the Atacama desert.

While the geology of it all is quite spectacular, it is a grueling haul from Uyuni. Make sure you're ready for it, and make sure seeing a red and green lake, some steam geysers, and a handful of dormant volcanoes while the frigid wind rips you apart sounds worth it to you. From Chile, it's a shorter trip, and more rewarding because you don't have the long 8 hour drive back to Uyuni to look forward to - it's all new to you.
Written October 13, 2011
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born2travelit
Cesena, Italy17,087 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
national reserve inside salres de uyuni, very interesting and picturesque and great spot for your pictures. very recommened a visit
Written March 19, 2015
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amsterdameron
Amsterdam, The Netherlands71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
let's start off with facts:

the entrance fee in the national park cost 150. bs. what do you get for that money? just a chance to see beautiful nature around with your own vehicle (or with tour operator's jeep). what facilities are included/provided for this money? NOTHING!

bolivian authorities have just built couple of entrance/exits posts to make sure they will charge $ 20 anyone who enters the park. within the park there are no asphalt roads. after a trip you need to subject yourself to kidney transplantation because the ride through the park is extremely bumpy and unpleasant.

there are few toilets and for each you must pay:

thermal pool 6 bs.
other toilets 2-5 bs.

GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

there were at least 30 jeeps on my tour with average 6 people in the vehicle and it was not the high season. tours are run every day.

for all this money they make they should have provided proper facilities - this way I just felt RIPPED-OFF.

there's no money invested in conservation what's so ever. there are few signs along the "road" and that's it.

yes, nature around is beautiful: volcano, laguna colorada, lakes, flamingos, landscape... is all this worth $ 20 per person with no visible signs you get anything in return - NO WAY!

TO THE AUTHORITIES IN CHARGE OF THE PARK: BUILD UP THE ROADS, PROPER ACCOMMODATION (NOT THAT WRETCHED FREEZING SHACK WITH GENERATOR), PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR THE MONEY WE PAY!
Written December 3, 2014
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
We entered the Avaroa National Reserve on the third day of our crossing from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama, about half an hour drive from Hotel Tayka del Dieserto (4,523m). I am not sure of what the limits of the reserve are, but it surely includes Arbol de Piedra (an isolated, strange rock formation, one of which resembles a stone tree), Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde, then hot springs, geysers, plenty of vicunas and several species of flamingos. It is a strange and beautiful combination of wind-polished volcanic rocks, sand, the lagoons and geysers mentioned earlier, all in the Bolivian Altiplano, close to the Chilean border - Amazing!.
Written October 16, 2016
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Leanda M
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
We took the three day tour from San Pedro to Uyuni. In 12 years of travelling to some amazing places in this world, this has to be one of the highlights. The scenery changes so often and there is an incredible amount to see. The 4 x 4s are not as bad as everyone says and they accommodation not as basic. Yes it is basic, but we had good food and an amazing time. Booked through White World and would highly recommend this company to ensure you enjoy the experience.
Written August 17, 2015
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Jessica F
Eagan, MN160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
I am not a nature person, but the views of the mountains were absolutely breathtaking. We also got to see some lagoons and flamingos. We went as part of a Salar de Uyuni tour. It was definitely worth it to do the three-day, two-night tour rather than just one day to see the salt flats only. The park was absolutely gorgeous. Not many bathrooms so bring your toilet paper and be prepared to squat (ladies, too). Otherwise be smart and don't have fluids before you get in the car. The road is bumpy! And if you get car/bus-sick easily take your motion sickness pills along.
Written February 12, 2013
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Laurane D
Brussels, Belgium9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
Very nice place, but if you go on a tour starting from Uyuni, be very careful when picking the tour operator (ask about the number of persons in the group, the quantity of water and food, ask if vegetables and fruits are included in the meals,...). From my experience, don't go with Thiago tour or with Cristal tour, they make groups of 7 persons (the cars are adapted for 6, the dormitories for the last night only have 6 beds!) while most other tour operators don't take more than 6 people per group. If you have time, start the tour from Tupiza, we heard that the tour organizers are more serious there! Also, you should be aware that you will spend most of your time in the car during the tours (up to 10 hours in one day)...
Written October 25, 2012
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Unelma333
Karlsruhe, Germany1,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 January 8, 2019
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antwerp88
Toronto, Canada684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 June 11, 2017
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