On my most recent trip to Mexico, Los Coloradas was definitely on my list. Have you ever seen photos of pink lakes and wondered if they were real? I knew upon booking my trip to Cancun had to include the 3 hour drive to discover the amazing salt lakes of Las Coloradas. Las Coloradas is incredibly easy to get to. Though if you’ll be driving, bring some pesos with you to pay the toll. It was about 300pesos each way to pass the toll, which is quite expensive in my opinion. The factory is about 3 to 3.5 hours north of Cancun and currently an active salt factory. It was once possible to wander into the pink waters until just last year. Now it is strictly prohibited and there are workers on motorcycles patrolling the area for violators.
The pink color of the lake largely depends on the salinity of the water. The more salt content, the pinker the water is. We saw several beds that ranged from bubblegum pink to some that have a red and even some with yellow tints to them. There are several guys that will try to offer you tours of the area, which we declined. You can freely roam the lakes and easily find the pink lakes yourself. We saw several flamingos and many lakes without a tour. I’d highly recommend just exploring the area yourself.
Where we stayed while in Cancun:
We were fortunate enough to be able to stay at the Nizuc Resort and Spa. It was a beautiful resort that is right on the beach and had an amazing(not to mention HUGE) infinity pool and swim up bar. The suites are like no other that I’ve to, overall our time there was unforgettable! I’ll do a full review which I’ll post here for additional photos and some personal thoughts about the resort. The resort was about a little over 3 hours away from Las Coloradas and I’d highly recommend just making these pink lakes a day trip. There is not much in the fishing village of Rio Lagartos. We could hardly find a place to eat! So bring a lunch and some snacks on your road trip there.