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!