Get a first-hand experience of the incredible pink lakes of Las Coloradas


There’s excitement in the air when you visit the pink lakes in Mexico. The lakes are part of the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, which is an internationally protected UNESCO Biosphere and home to a great number of exotic and beautiful animals including flamingos, crocodiles, jaguars, sea turtles, and many different types of bird. 

Where are the Pink Lakes Located?

The pink lakes in Mexico are located northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, just south of the quaint fishing village of Las Coloradas and a short drive away from Cancun. The pink lakes are a bucket-list destination for day-trippers and those who want to spend the night.

How do the Pink Lakes get their amazing color?

Tourists often ask why the lakes in Mexico are so vibrantly pink. The vibrant pink lakes in Mexico are caused by the combination of salt water, brine shrimp and red-colored algae. As water evaporates in the Mexican sunlight, these organisms become more concentrated and create a vibrant pink hue.

Get a first-hand experience of the incredible pink lakes of Las Coloradas
Get a first-hand experience of the incredible pink lakes of Las Coloradas

What Can I do at the Pink Lakes??

In the Yucatan Peninsula, there are a few places where you can truly relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The pink lakes in Las Coloradas are one of these special places. There is not much activity to be found here, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any adventure! You can simply sit back and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere while admiring the romantic lakes, picturesque scenes, and wildlife. There is a small beach area located in the town of Las Coloradas that provides an ideal opportunity for you to sit back and relax with your loved ones.

The town boasts a few restaurants serving traditional Mexican cuisine, including shrimp tacos and quesadillas, as well as an array of thirst-quenching drinks. 

The Rio Lagartos natural reserve boat tour is a fantastic way to see the stunning pink flamingos in their natural habitat and cruise the Las Coloradas pink lakes. It’s a memorable experience that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who visits Mexico.

Las Coloradas

Does the Color of the Lakes Change Based on the Weather?

Yes, the lakes can be stunningly pink. But weather affects the visibility of color in them. If it’s cloudy, you might not see as many shades of pink. If it’s sunny, you’ll see more of those colors. On some days, they can look orange!

Explore Private Rio Lagartos Flamingo Pink Lakes  with Maya Tours for an unforgettable experience! Don’t forget to bring your camera to catch pictures of some unforgettable views & moments!