The Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa is one of the most breathtaking national parks I have ever been to. It is located at an altitude between 4,200 and 5,400 meters and has an area of ​​over 7000 km². With an average rainfall of 65mm the climate is very dry and in combination with the desert a landscape that seems to be from another planet

Stone formation in the middle of the desert
Stone formation in the middle of the desert
Volcanoes as far as the eye can see
Volcanoes as far as the eye can see

In addition to the many mountains that rise up to 6000 meters, almost the entire area is covered by irregular relief, including areas with many active volcanoes, hot springs, geysers and steaming fumaroles. All together feels as if you are on another planet or in another age. Despite the extreme conditions, there is an incredible animal and plant life that has adapted to drought, to the low temperature and the lack of nutrients. No wonder then that everything green is tough as stone.

Geysers
When the earth breathes

The national park is also known for its many bird species. Some of them are now threatened with extinction. Overall, the National Park is home to 80 species of birds, including three flamingo species, Andean geese, hawks, ducks, condors, and rheas. In addition, there are over 20 species of mammals, such as pumas, andean foxes, viscachas and vicunas.

Coloured lake with Llamas
Coloured lake with Llamas

In addition, the area is characterized by the many lakes that reflect the beauty of nature. Some of them are discolored by the gases that appear and make the scene even more surreal. Although pictures are worth a thousand words, standing in front of such an impressive nature with overwhelmed in a way that can only be felt locally.

Flamingos

When

February 2018

Where

South of Bolivia on the border with Chile and Argentina.