This desert and volcanic landscape is home to various animal species. We see numerous llamas, elegant vicuñas living in the wild, and are also lucky enough to spot a culpeo – an andean fox – cautiously approaching our car.
As we enjoy our lunch by a small lagoon, we also spot several viscachas. These adorable rodents, whose appearance is somewhere between that of a rabbit and a mouse, are extremely fast and agile. Perched on the rocks, they are also happy to take a break and sunbathe.
At the edge of the lagoons, we regularly see dozens, even hundreds, of flamingos. It is fascinating to watch them fly away, wade into the water or put their heads into the water and raise them to the sky again as they feed. There are six species of flamingo in the world, three of which can be seen at Laguna Colorada: the Chilean flamingo, the Andean flamingo and the extremely rare James’s flamingo.