I left my job as an advertising Creative Director in August 2012 to travel Africa and South America for a year with my wife, documenting these beautiful places with my Fuji X-Pro1. View the rest of my RTW adventures on Handcarry Only and follow me on my journey by subscribing/following/bookmarking.
In what must be a teenage girl’s ultimate fantasy, we came arrived at Laguna Colorada to be greeted by thousands of pink flamingos set amidst a pink and red lake within the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve in the Bolivian altiplano.
The morning sun had barely peeked up from the horizon, and the air was thin and cold, after all, we were over 4,200m (over 14,000 ft) above sea level. My lungs and brain was trying to make sense of the situation, wondering where all the delicious oxygen had gone. Huffing and puffing as I climbed the small ridge where the stunning sight of Laguna Colorada was revealed to me, I had a small wad of coca leaves stuffed up by the side of my mouth like a hamster. The Bolivian driver had offered them to us, claiming it will help with the altitude.
There was a mist rising from the surface of the lake, creating a rather ethereal scene, with the red waters, pink flamingos, stunning mountains behind and the clear blue sky. I am certain I will not forget this scene for a long while.