If you are visiting the Riviera Maya, you will definitely want to visit the amazing Las Coloradas. These extraordinary pink lakes are situated on the north coast of the Yucatan peninsula in the municipality of Rio Lagartos, 52miles/85km north of Tizimin. Part of the Rio Lagartos Biosphere, this beautiful attraction is about 86miles/140km northwest of Cancun as the crow flies. However, getting there is not quite so direct!
How to Get to Las Coloradas?
No public transportation - Rent a car
There are no local buses or collectivos to Las Coloradas, so visitors have limited choices for getting to the pink lakes. You can hire a car and make the long and exhausting road trip independently. However, hiring a comfortable vehicle suitable for such a journey can be expensive and the roads are slow and tiring to drive. Add on the stress of navigating, finding gas stations, comfort stops etc. and the 300miles/470km return trip can be daunting.
Small group tours
The best way to visit Las Coloradas is by booking a tour directly from Riviera Maya. This allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery while your driver safely navigates the route.
Organized tours include a guide who will provide an interesting commentary in English and can answer any questions. Once you arrive at Las Coloradas, your tour guide will act as an interpreter as most locals only speak Spanish. Additionally, your professional guide will know the best places to view and photograph these surreal pink lakes so you get the maximum benefit from your visit.
These guided tours to Las Coloradas also include a boat trip in the Rio Lagartos National Park (birdwatching pink flamingos) and a scheduled stop at a quality restaurant.
Finally, small group tours to Las Coloradas are friendly and relaxed, making it easy to meet new friends with a common interest in travel. Buen viaje!