LAS COLORADAS is a small town located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The town is well known for its pink lakes. These lakes were built by the salt factory in the town and they are used for salt production. The bright pink color is caused by microorganisms in the water, such as plankton and algae, which thrive in salty conditions.

How to get there

The airport nearest to the pink lakes is in Cancun. Cheap flights can be booked from many North American and European destinations. Once in Cancun, the pink lakes are about a 3-hour drive away. It is best to rent a car and drive yourself, as the town is in a remote location.

What you should consider

  • Swimming in the pink lakes is no longer allowed. However, on your way to Las Coloradas you will pass an entire coast of beautiful blue beaches. Be sure to stop for a swim there instead.
  • Las Coloradas is very small and so there is no accommodation in the town. Your best bet is to stay in Rio Lagartos, which is the closest major city. It is about 30 minutes away from Las Coloradas.
  • When driving near the pink lakes, be careful of the salt delivery trucks and trailers. Some are very large and can take up the entire road.