Vicuna at Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia
Vicuna at Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia

Vicunas in the Bolivian Highlands

If you were hoping to see a picture of a vicuña, today, a cousin to alpacas, you’re welcome.

These were taken at Laguna Hedionda –Spanish for stinking lake– in the highlands of western Bolivia near the Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, or Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, and not far from the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat.

Laguna Hedionda covers about three square kilometers (1.2mi) and lies at an altitude of 4,121m (13,500ft). It’s one of nine small saline lakes in the Andean Altiplano. In case you missed it, here’s a photo gallery focused on three of those lakes: Hedionda, Honda and Canapa.

A couple more images below.

Vicunas at Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia
Vicunas at Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia

 

Vicunas at Laguna Hedionda
Vicunas at Laguna Hedionda

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For the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,033rd straight, was snapped on 27 March 2013.

 

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