Laguna Verde (Potosi Lake) is a mineral salt lake located in the southwestern part of Bolivia, close to the border with Chile. It is located on the picturesque Altiplano plateau, which is also called the Bolivian Plateau. This amazing lake got its beautiful name Laguna Verde, which can be translated from Spanish as “green lake” because of the emerald color of the water.
One of the most beautiful places in Bolivia is located at an altitude of about 4300 m above sea level. The area of the water surface is about 17 sq. km, its length is 5.2 km, width — about 4 km, maximum depth — 8 m. Laguna Verde is connected with the neighboring lake Laguna Blanca (“White Lake”) in a narrow strait.
The lake is located at the foot of the Licancabur volcano, with a height of 6200 meters and an almost perfect cone. Such an interesting neighborhood played a decisive role in the fate of Laguna Verde. Minerals and metals (magnesium, carbonate, calcium, arsenic, and predominantly copper, penetrate into the lake from the bowels of the earth and give the water this wonderful color. Everyone knows about the famous Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, and Laguna Verde remains a much less popular place.
In addition, Laguna Verde is also famous for its hot springs, which reach temperatures of up to 42 degrees Celsius. The wall of hot springs is framed by desert landscapes, and their brown-red tones favorably emphasize the incredible hue of the unique lake. It is worth noting an interesting fact. At the top of the volcano, you will find the ruins of Inca structures. The fact that they have survived to this day suggests that the volcano has not been active for the past 500 years.
Laguna Verde is located within the Eduardo Avaroa Nature Reserve. The emerald green color of the lake, a large population of flamingos, as well as the picturesque landscapes of the lake against the backdrop of the volcano attract many tourists. This is truly a paradise where you will find privacy from prying eyes. Of course, here you will not find a sandy beach, but a hard volcanic stone. However, it does not spoil the overall impression, and the spectacle brings a lot of pleasure. The best time to visit Laguna Verde is from April to September. Travelers need to take warm clothes due to the cold winds that prevail in this area.