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Photographing Bolivia And Peru

In this month’s article Boris Mar will be crossing into Bolivia and Peru, where he will photograph the heart of the ancient Inca Empire

From northern Chile’s Altiplano I crossed into Bolivia. A long and windy dusty road brought me to a border office in the middle of a deserted plain; a little plaque on top of the entrance displayed a jaw-dropping 4,900 metres (16,000 feet). Crossing the border with a vehicle that originates from Chile is time-consuming, and at times, a frustrating affair; it involves a lot of paperwork and many unclear guidelines. After two hours in freezing conditions at this altitude, I was allowed to enter Bolivia.

Coloured Lakes

The next four days I spent roaming around the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Located at an altitude between 4,200 metres (13,800 feet) and 5,400 metres (17,700 feet) it extends over an area of 714,745 hectares. Its main attractions are cone shaped volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, lakes and spectacular mountain scenery; not to mention its three endemic species of flamingos. However, I am drawn to its coloured lakes: Laguna Blanca (white), Laguna Verde (green) and Laguna Colorada (red) are a feast for the eye; their colours are caused by sediments within the lakes. In Laguna Verde’s case, the lake’s distinguished green colour is due to copper minerals, as well as by...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 26 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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