Las Coloradas: otherworldly landscapes in the Yucatan
Las Coloradas is a small fishermen town in the east corner of the Yucatecan coast inside Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, the Yucatan’s largest wetland area. This little known part of Yucatán has picturesque and unordinary landscapes, a giant salt factory and amazing pink lagoons that gives the township its name.
Unlike other tourist activities in Yucatán, this one is different. Desolate highways will make this a real road trip and miles of empty beaches is the perfect escape to nature.
Pack a picnic lunch and the coast is yours. The trip from Mérida to Las Coloradas is about three hours by car, but along the way you will find virgin white sand beaches, wetlands, mangroves and miles of dunes.
The first place to stop are the beaches, where you will see nothing but dunes, sea and miles of pristine coastal landscapes. Turn off the road and follow the short paths to the coast for a beach that is just yours.
The second stop is the salt factory. You won’t miss it from the road as it surrounded by mountains of salt, gleaming in the sun. Lastly, you can’t come back without the a picture of the pink lagoons or Las Coloradas just outside the township. The amazing pink hue of the water, produced by microscopic algae, makes a wonderful contrast with the landscape.
Like in the most part of the Yucatecan coast, in this area could see a variety of local species such as pelicans, and foxes, and flamingos from November to April.