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Laguna Grande

Laguna Grande (Argentina)

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
50 kilometres from El Peñón by car
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Laguna Grande

Caroline Gourmaud Travel writer
221 travel articles

Laguna Grande, which lies just a few tens of kilometres from the village of El Peñón, is home to a wild colony of pink flamingoes.

My suggestion:
To guarantee your chances of seeing the Andean flamingo (the particular species of pink flamingo found in this region), visit the lake at sunrise.

Catamarca Province is really not very well-known compared to the other provinces of northwest Argentina, yet it's a region of high mountains and has plenty to offer the visitor.

As a big fan of wild birds, I enjoyed my trip to Laguna Grande. What's unusual about this lake, which lies at an altitude of 4,200 metres, is its incredible population of Andean flamingos, which are also known locally as "parina grande". They're impossible to miss, with their pink plumage contrasting strongly with the brown of the surrounding mountains.

You have to be as quiet as possible when observing them. It's like watching a scene from a BBC wildlife documentary! Interestingly, this area has been designated a Ramsar Site (a wetland of international importance) by UNESCO, which has enabled the authorities to better protect the Laguna Grande's natural heritage.

Pink flamingoes, Argentina
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