The Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve is one of the sites in Bolivia with the highest number of tourists. It is estimated that at least 40,000 travelers arrive there annually. What most characterizes it is its impressive geographic diversity and the biological wealth it houses.
As it is a protected area, It is only possible to enter there through an excursion hired with an authorized agency. It is a site of very strong climatic contrasts and with conditions in which you easily get lost. That is why access is restricted.
The main challenge when visiting the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve is height. There are areas that are more than 5000 meters above sea level, so it is very common to suffer the famous altitude sickness. It is fought by chewing coca leaf and carrying out routines consistent with the high altitude.Stone tree
In the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve there are no roads as such, nor signs. So it does not hurt to insist that it is not a good idea to venture on your own. The weather, mainly, is difficult to cope with. And losing yourself in this wide area can even mean death.
To get to the Reserve there are basically two access points. The first is from the population of Uyuni, in Potosí (Bolivia). This means crossing the salar until you reach Eduardo Avaroa. The other option is to leave from San Pedro de Atacama, in Chile. A less frequent route departs from Salta, in Argentina.
The tours they are made in 4 × 4 vehicles and most of the route you will be in them. To enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve you must pay an amount in Bolivian pesos. You need to keep the ticket of entry throughout the tour, as they will ask you at the different checkpoints.
To avoid the effects of altitude sickness, as we said, it is best to chew coca leaf. Attached to this, it is recommended that you move slowly, without making sudden or sudden movements. It is also important to eat lightly and constantly hydrate. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and warm clothes.Laguna Colorada
Taking all precautions, the truth is that Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve is a true paradise. There are many different sites to everything you've seen. The trip is totally unforgettable. These are some of its main charms:
- The Colorada lagoon is one of the most emblematic sites of the reserve. It has 60 km² of reddish water. In addition to this, the fabulous thing about the place is that it is home to three different types of flamingos: the Andean, the Chilean and James.
- Other gaps If something has the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve they are fabulous lagoons. Some are defined by their color, such as White and Green. Others for its composition, such as Salada, Hedionda and Chalviri. All are extraordinary.
- The Sun of Tomorrow geysers are 5000 meters away, at the highest point of the reservation. In this field there are several fumaroles and boiling water wells. The smell of sulfur is very strong and this requires prudence. However, the place is beautiful.
There are many other points of interest in the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. Highlights include the stone tree, the Salvador Dalí desert, the Polques hot springs, the valley of Rocks, lost Italy, the Serpent canyon, the Black lagoon and the Cañapa lagoon, among others.
In the entire reservation area particularly interesting is its richness in flora and fauna. There are more than 60 species of animals, among them vicuñas, foxes, ostriches, viscachas and llamas. It is very difficult to observe all this fauna in a single tour outside the reserve.
The best time to go to Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve is November. Other months such as April, May, September and October are also recommended. On the other hand, from December to April what is called 'Bolivian winter' is formed and the excess of rains often causes the roads to close.
The place is especially recommended for those who love nature and, in particular, birds. Photo enthusiasts can also get many of their best images there. You swallow a lot of dust and go through extreme temperatures, so if you are fond of luxury travel, this is not for you.