Road Trip to Las Coloradas

Day trips away from your destination might take a little extra effort, but they often lead to magical places that quickly become the highlight of your trip. Las Coloradas is one of those places. Located in the northern tip of the Yucatán peninsula, the Pink Lagoon or Pink Lakes are a sight to behold.

Image from Expert Vagabond

Las Coloradas means “the red ones,” and it’s easy to see how the place got its name. The little village is a fisherman’s paradise – not many people and loads of fish and other sea creatures in the sea and surrounding lagoons. The pink lakes are part of the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, an area of 149,123 acres of wetlands, endangered animals, mangroves, and the natural wonders of pink lakes.

What causes the pink hue? Simple answer: nature!

“Red plankton and shrimp color the water at these salt mining lakes in all the rose and pink tones you can imagine. It’s like a dream come true and at the moment when you think it’s actually too good to be real, along comes a group of flamingos. Yes, you can believe your eyes!”

The pink lakes are worthy of a road trip, but be prepared. If you drive yourself, it will take 3 hours and 15 minutes on the road from Club Regina Cancun. You can find other means of transportation, but it is likely that it will take longer. When you get there, you’ll find salt mining, sandy “roads,” and flamingos if you look hard enough. It’s interesting to note that the flamingos get their pink color from their diet of shrimp, plankton, and algae. But they don’t prefer the pinkest of the lakes. You’ll have a better chance of finding them in the “turquoise and blue ponds” in the area.

Las Coloradas, México from Pepe Carbajal STRATOS by Kjell on Vimeo.

You might have heard of other pink lakes in the world. All of them have these beautiful colors for the same reason: microorganisms. Even if you’re not particularly interested in the science, you’ll probably come for the same reason most adventure travelers make the trek – to see it for yourself. The recommendation is to view the pink lakes when the sun is at its highest point because this makes the pink color the most vibrant.

“This is not the only body of water on Earth to trade up for that coveted pink hue. Koyashskoye Salt Lake in Crimea alternates between pink and red because of its high concentration of microscopic algae and brine shrimp. Several lakes in Australia are pink for the same reason. But of all the pink paradises, Las Coloradas might be the prettiest.”

When you go, keep a few things in mind:

  • The pink lakes are part of the salt mining industry. No swimming is allowed.
  • Take food and water – you won’t be able to find much of either in the area.
  • If you desire to swim, there are tours available in nearby bodies of water, including the opportunity to experience a Mayan mud bath.

Where to Stay

Club Regina Cancun is a beach resort located in Mexico’s premier vacation destination, nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupte Lagoon. The location brings ancient and contemporary Cancun to your vacation experience. This destination offers seaside views of naturally turquoise waters; perfect for waterskiing, diving and snorkeling.

The resort amenities include an on-site restaurant and bar, and a sparkling swimming pool. Cancun is nestled on the southeast coast of Mexico where the Great Mesoamerican Reef creates the best water sports venue in North America. Tour Mayan temples nearby and later, enjoy Cancun’s international nightlife. The night lights up with some of the best clubs in Mexico, playing every music genre from salsa to R&B. Open the door to an unforgettable escape.


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