Las Coloradas, Mama Travels

Mama Travels: Las Coloradas, Mexico

I often get asked, how do you know where you want to travel? I feel like the clues are everywhere! I pick them up from Tripadvisor, Conde Nast Traveler, sometimes word of mouth, and lately I have been finding inspiration from Instagram. I have found a few people who travel like me, so I always check out where they’ve been.

One day I spotted this beautiful pink lake in Mexico’s Yucatan area that looked like heaven and I was sold. I researched the lake, in a small town called Las Coloradas, and found out it’s about 3 hours away from the Cancun airport. Since I was heading to Tulum with 2 of my girlfriends, I convinced one of them to go with me to this heavenly location (with a quick stop over at Chichen Itza on the way there). I have been to Tulum 2 times prior to this time and Cancun 5 times and each time my experiences were little different. I’ve since branched out to other parts of Mexico.

This time my mission was to check out Las Coloradas. I found out that Mexico is a big producer of high quality salt and the lakes of Las Coloradas harvest the salt. The vibrant pink color of these lakes is due to red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp that thrive in the salty environment. As the water evaporates and the salt becomes more concentrated, it glimmers pink in the bright Mexican sunlight.

We arrived in Cancun and began our long drive. There isn’t really much to see on the way and it’s about 2 and 1/2 hours from Valladolid, a big town with my favorite perfume brand, Coqui Coqui. The drive wasn’t hard though, just a straight paved road and a few random military checks. Once we arrived, I questioned if it was worth the drive but any doubt I had disappeared when I saw a giant pink lake reflecting the blue sky and white clouds. It was so magical, it felt like a Unicorn would fly over us any minute. I have never seen anything like it!

I dipped my feet in – it was super salty and spiky on the bottom – and was told by a local Mexican that going inside isn’t allowed any more. I found out later that if you take a tour boat to Rio Lagartos, where you can see 100’s of flamingos in their natural habitat, there is an area where you can float on the pink lake.

The pink lakes of Las Coloradas was one of the coolest spots I traveled to!

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They used to conduct human sacrifice in this building behind me. I am just acting it out.

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There is no way to link to my brand Ivory Row sweaters, so here is the link.

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Mama Travels: Stonehenge, UK

Over the holidays, I visited London. This trip would mark the 3rd time I’d been in London, so I decided to do some research and go beyond the city itself. I love google! I don’t do organized group tours, but I was inspired by a day tour I found to Stonehenge. I decided to arrange a personal tour with my boyfriend who is able to drive the London way – on the other side of the road and with the steering wheel on the other side of the car. He grew up in Spain but he attended university in London for a year and he swore that he could handle the drive, although I had my doubts!

Stonehenge is about 1 hour and 45 minutes away from the city. I was bit nervous about the drive and kept fake-breaking with my feet! But he ended up doing great – I only had 2 minor heart attacks in 4 hours of driving, not bad.

I had purchased the entrance ticket ahead of time online so I was prepared. We were early but the nice gatekeepers at Stonehenge let us in. After a little bus ride provided by the park, we arrived at Stonehenge. The site has this weight… this wow factor, a heavy presence. It is massive and you can tell right away that in the past, there were religious rituals performed there. Each rock weights between 3-4 tons and historians are still astonished at how people at that time placed the heavy rocks in a circular formation.

We learned that Stonehenge was built about 5000 years ago by cavemen, making Stonehenge the oldest structure in the world. During that time, they were following the moon and sun, burying people nearby, and performing the most creepy rituals of sacrificing women and children.

I visited Stonehenge on the last day of 2016. It felt good to go all the way back in history before moving forward, toward the new year. Happy New Year everybody.