Las Coloradas Yucatán, within the Río Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, enchants with the pink color that its salt ponds emanate ...

You imagine a pink beach? It exists very close to Mérida, in Las Coloradas. The beaches in Yucatán are an artist's dream come true.

Yucatán is a state that stands out for the diversity of its space, especially for their colors that stain the afternoons and life.

We find the peculiarity of its colors and the design that the flora and fauna create in each tourist space, in each magical town and architectural survey; but the color pink, is a constant in life in Yucatan.

Las Coloradas, a curious reddish landscape populated by pink flamingos, is located just over 2 and a half hours from Mérida.

Without a doubt, this destination presents a setting that will impact all your senses, an impressive visual spectacle.

A quiet place where you can appreciate natural pink waters and a clean and amazing horizon.

Las Coloradas Yucatan
Las Coloradas, Yucatan.

Almost virgin, Las Coloradas de Yucatán is a fishing village with little infrastructure, but with everything you need for a guided tour.

Its past and present salinero distinguishes it from the rest of the towns on the coast, which are dedicated only to fishing. In fact, its salt industry is the largest and most important in the region.

Read: The most beautiful cenotes near Mérida.

Las Coloradas Yucatán Why is the water pink?

The main attraction, of this pink beach near Cancun, are its waters of particular salmon color, which vary in intensity, depending on the greater amount of salt.

Since Mayan times, this area has been used for salt extraction. As the lagoons are shallow, the plankton, red algae and shrimp they thrive in the environment and paint the waters.

With the evaporation of water, these species become more concentrated turning the surface pink.

The landscape is even more impressive, because during the months of April and May, is home to a large community of flamingos, which are also pink and frame the canvas of Las Coloradas Yucatán.

Even if you feel tempted you cannot bathe in the lagoon. To enter you must pay an entry of approximately $50 pesos, and be accompanied by a local guide, who will find them in the access area.

When to visit Las Coloradas?

The best season to visit the Coloradas Yucatán is throughout the year.

Although there are times when the salt mine empties one of the locks. However, the guides request permission from the salt works to enter another of the locks.

As we mentioned before, the months of April and May concentrate the life in pink that lives in Las Coloradas, so it is also the appropriate time to visit and get to know this show in pink.

Two tips:

The pink color is seen with greater intensity between the 12 and 15 hours, which is when the sun is at its zenith.

On your visit, don't forget to bring comfortable clothes, a hat, and sunscreen. Remember to stay hydrated and protected from the sun.

In the surroundings, take a walk around:

Las Coloradas beach

This beach is very lonely and perhaps that is where its charm lies. If you go in May it is possible that you will meet the different species of sea turtles that arrive there to spawn.

Cancunito Beach

This destination is little known to foreigners, but a favorite among locals. It is located on the way to Río Lagartos. Ideal for bathing in the sea with a little privacy.

Lagartos River

Pink flamingos are part of the Yucatán en rosa scene.

If you are heading to Las Coloradas, I suggest that you also take a boat tour of the nearby Rio Lagartos biosphere.

To do so, simply take the main road. 30 minutes away you will find the access and the boats that will take you to the reserve.

How to get to Las Coloradas Yucatán?

The distance from downtown Mérida to Las Coloradas Yucatán is 219 kilometers.

You must take the road that goes to Tizimín. From this town you are 53 kilometers.

How long is it from Mérida to las Coloradas?

It all depends on the transport you choose. If you go to Las Coloradas, by car you do about 2 and a half hours, approximately. By bus the tour can last up to 3 and a half hours.

The bus from Mérida to las Coloradas is taken at the TAME terminal.

First you must go to Tizimín. From this town there are direct connections every two hours. Then you have to take a truck to Las Coloradas.

How to get there from Cancun?

From Cancun you can hire a tour or taxi service. There is also public transport, but to get there you must make different combinations: Cancun / Tizimín Tizimín / Las Coloradas.

How much do you make from Cancun to Las Coloradas? By public transport it is more than 4 hours of travel. By car or taxi, about 3 hours.

Yucatan houses an infinite gallery of paradisiacal places, worthy of dreams and surreal paintings. Las Coloradas, with a beach of life in pink.

Meet soon, other pink spaces in Yucatán at Vida en Yucatán.

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