The Mysterious Red Lagoon of Chile


In the town of Camina, in northern Chile, 147 km from the city of Iquique, and approximately 3,700 meters above sea level, lies a strange Red Lagoon. The waters of the lagoon is so intense red that it seems like ink or blood. The lake was known to locals, but unknown even to the National Service of Tourism until 2009, although several miles downstream lies the Caritaya Reservoir.

This area has historically been populated by the Aymara culture and ancient civilization, who have managed to preserve the secrets and legends of its land, and which have just recently been revealed. Like the mysterious curses that have been associated with Egyptian tombs, this red pool is possesses by a curse that affects those who approach its red waters. That's why nobody knows where it is exactly and it does not appear on maps. The disappearance of thousands of Aymaras is also attributed to this lake because they drank from its waters.


The red lagoon is surrounded by two other pools of yellow and green water, and they are said to bubble when surrounded by unpleasant people. it is therefore common belief that these accumulations of colored water are owned by the devil himself. According to a few experts the color is due to different species of algae living in its depths.









Sources: Metropolitan Touring, Wikipedia. Photos by Vladimir Prieto


  1. Here's the satellite picture from Google Maps:,+Camarones,+Chile&hl=en&ll=-19.058193,-69.252695&spn=0.00502,0.009238&sll=-20.2167,-70.142223&sspn=2.551472,4.729614&oq=caritaya&hnear=Caritaya,+Camarones,+Arica+Province,+Arica+and+Parinacota+Region,+Chile&t=h&z=17


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