Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Mountain gorillas, grey whales, manatees and royal albatrosses
Hundreds of pink flamingos wading across a blood-red lake is a startling sight in this remote part of the Bolivian Altiplano – a spectacular landscape of desert plains, volcanoes and bubbling mud pools. The bizarre Laguna Colorada in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve is a vast, shallow salt lake with a vivid red hue, due to its high content of algae. The water body attracts large numbers of three of the world’s six species of flamingo: Chilean, Andean and the rare James’s flamingo. The best time to observe the colourful birds is from December through to April.