In La Rioja, an impressive water mirror that has become paradise for birdwatchers. A precious scenario to admire nature in all its splendor.

Laguna Brava Natural Reserve is a water and salt mirror 10 miles long and 1.4 miles wide. At 13,800 f.a.s.l., this lagoon is surrounded by volcanoes that reach and surpass 20,000 ft: Bonete, Veladero, Pissis and Reclus. At the Andean Range, painted with an unreal red, there is a fantastic scenario for nature lovers and, specially, for birdwatchers: it is the 12th Argentine RAMSAR site. At its margins, threatened species like the puma, vicuñas, guanacos and red foxes are protected. But pink flamingos are the site stars.


Tours to this high-altitude lagoon depart from Vinchina town, at about 68 miles. Vinchina is the mandatory route for those coming to Argentina from Chile and it is at 218 miles from La Rioja City and at 44 miles from Villa Unión, the entrance access to Talampaya National Park (Mankind Heritage). Laguna Brava tours are exclusively made with authorized guides and on board of 4x4 vehicles.

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