A few years ago someone posted on social media a picture of The Coloradas, a natural wonder reserved for tourists. The photo showed pink gaps by the sea which contrasted with a deep blue sky. Those who saw it were surprised to learn that this fantastic setting was in yucatan and that he is one of the few that exist in the world with these characteristics.
Where are the Coloradas?
the pink ponds are inside the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserveon the north coast of yucatanprecisely in a municipality called Río Lagartos, about three hours from the city of Mérida and one hour and 45 minutes from the magical city of Valladolid.
What are the Coloradas?
It’s a beach salt mine and also a tourist park. Its name is given by dozens of ponds with varied pink tones from which sea salt.
Why are they pink?
It influences the climate, the components of the soil, but above all the presence of halobacteria halobacteria (halofic means “salt-loving”), organisms that can only live in water with a high salt concentration. Its pink to reddish membranes pigment the water.
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The tones are all the more intense as the rays of the sun are strong.
Artemia salina is a “mini-crustacean” which not only improves the saline quality of the lagoons, but also helps to preserve their colors. It is even on this that the beautiful pink flamingos feed.
This is private property
Although the ponds are part of a protected natural area, they belong to Yucatan salt industryfrom Grupo Roche, which produces Sal Sol.
When to go to this natural wonder
The best time to go to The Coloradas It is in the spring, between the months of March and June (it can last until August). Salt harvesting takes place from April to October.
The best time to visit Las Coloradas
It is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. that the intensity of the pink tones can be seen, as long as the sky is clear.
Can we swim in the salt lagoons?
It is forbidden to bathe there because you can contaminate the water, alter the ecosystem and reduce the quality of the salt; In addition, you can irritate your skin due to the high percentage of salinity in the water and the crystals that form there can cause lacerations.
How much does it cost to visit Las Coloradas Tourist Park?
The demand of travelers has led the salt company to prepare this place to receive visitors and to organize three guided tours in which the process of production of sea salt, the type of ecosystem it is and the advice for take the best pictures are explained. These are visits…
-The basic tour is a 45 minute walk to see a crystallizer and the pink lagoons. The cost is 300 pesos per person.
-A 30-minute or one-hour bike ride in which tight spaces are accessible. Its cost is respectively 320 pesos and 390 pesos per person.
-A 90-minute safari aboard an open-top off-road truck that takes you to a viewpoint and discovers large salt mounds, the lagoon system and the wetlands belonging to the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, while the guide tells you about the flora and fauna that inhabit this natural wonder. The price of this excursion is 890 pesos per person.
Costs may change at any time. In their social networks, the tourist park frequently offers discounts. Find out about them.
don’t forget to bring
Dress in cool, light-colored clothes and wear comfortable shoes. We’re not exaggerating when we say you’ll need dark glasses as the sun is beating down and the intense light bouncing off the white sand floor; a cap or hat that won’t blow away in the strong wind (if it falls into a lagoon you could lose it forever and contaminate the pond), water and plenty of sunscreen.
where to book
Go to www.lascoloradas.com.mx. For more information, you can also check their Facebook: Las Coloradas Tourist Park.
Visiting hours at Las Coloradas Tourist Park
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday. The park is open all year round.
The best season to visit The Coloradas coincides with the best months to observe pink flamingos in the mangroves of Ria Lizards aboard a ship. This biosphere reserve is also home to jaguars, spider monkeys, crocodiles and a sea turtle sanctuary.
39 ponds exist in the salt mine. Some are pink and others are shades of blue, green, brown and reddish.
1952 is the founding year of the Yucatan salt industry.
up to 30 thousand pink flamingos adults have been observed in the reserve of Ria Lizards.
3,500 turtle nests are counted each year on the beaches of Las Coloradas.
Being an area under concession by the government, the salt works in collaboration with the CONANP for the conservation of the species.
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