Drive in Kingdom of lagoons

Drive in Kingdom of lagoons

Along the Laguna Honda, Hedionda and Caň

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Difficulty: Very gentle
Time: 1:30 h

Roughly halfway between the large lagoon Colorado and giant salar Uyuni is a beautiful place, where several altiplano beautiful lagoons surrounded by a number of high volcanoes stretch on a relatively small area. The most famous three of them – Laguna Honda, Hedionda andCaňapa almost invite you to stop and explore them more precisely. In addition, you can often run into a lot of flamingos and vicunas here.
 

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Lagoon Honda

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It is perfect to get off here, walk down to the lagoon and walk about a kilometer along the western shore of the lagoon to its northern end, where the jeep moves to in the meantime.

Lagoon Honda

Walk along the Laguna Honda

Walk along the bank of the lagoon is very pleasant. Border volcano of Cerro Arral (5688m asl) begins to peep out on the horizon.

Walk along the Laguna Honda

Interesting shore of the lagoon

The nature was really creative here and the lagoon is really interesting in several places. The walk along the shore takes about 30–40 minutes and then you go a while to lagoon of Hedionda.

 

Interesting shore of the lagoon

Lagoon Hedionda

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Laguna Hedionda (stinking) has perhaps even more interesting surroundings and lots of flamingos usually stay here. On the horizon you can see a volcano Caňapa with lightly sugared tip.

Lagoon Hedionda

Mirroring in lagoon Hedionda

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Traditional bolivian Altiplano = volcano is reflected in a lagoon with flamingos.

Mirroring in lagoon Hedionda

Cerro Araral

Horizon is dominated by interesting volcano Cerro Araral (5688 m asl).

Cerro Araral

Flamingos in the lagoon Hedionda

Watching flamingos is one of the greatest experiences of this part of Salar tour.

Flamingos in the lagoon Hedionda

Vicunas

With a little luck you can meet beautiful vicunas on the banks of the lagoons.

Vicunas

View of Caňapa lagoon

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Less than ten kilometers is the third half-hour stop is lagoon Caňapa. You can easily see in this photo how it looks like in Salar tour – there are a few people around the official stops and nobody a little farther.

View of Caňapa lagoon

Majestic volcano

There is a beautiful view of the long ridge of majestic volcano from the lagoon.

Majestic volcano

Laguna Caňapa

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You can see the lagoon Caňapa at its best from the outlook. Far in the background is seen a volcanoAraral

Laguna Caňapa

Caňapa in summer

Laguna is changing also during the year – in mid-January, that means during bolivian summer, is Caňapa lagoon full of flamingos and in winter it is practically empty and partially frozen /see the other photos/.

Caňapa in summer

Unnamed volcano

Directly above the lagoon rises another from a series of local volcanoes. From here you are waiting for onward journey in the direction of the majestic volcano smoldering Ollague.

Unnamed volcano


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