Crazy Pink Lakes In Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

janet_newenhamPublished: January 23, 2018
Published: January 23, 2018

A short drone video I made at Las Coloradas, famous pink lakes in Yucatan, Mexico. The contrast between the white sand, turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the pink water was incredible.

These lakes are located at the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula on a stretch of land which separates the Gulf of Mexico from the lagoon Ria Lagartos - which is also a nature reserve home to the largest population of pink flamingos in the world. The same thing that turns this water pink, turns flamingos pink!

Huge salt evaporation ponds for sea salt extraction lie on this stretch of land, some of them showing peculiar pink colors due to micro organisms, like the pink lagoon Laguna Rosa. Flamingo and bird watching is common here, close to a bioreserve Rio Lagartos.

The lakes are about 4 hours drive from Cancun, so a fun day trip. You can't actually swim in there but they are fun to photograph, especially from a birds eye view if you have a drone!

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