From Flamingos to Pink Lakes, This Incredible Day Trip is a Must-Do From Cancun

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If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Cancun and explore the natural wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula, a day trip to Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas should be at the top of your list. These two destinations, located about a 3 hours’ drive from Cancun, offer visitors a chance to experience the unique beauty of Mexico’s northern coastline and get a glimpse into the local way of life through an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Rio Lagartos

First up on the itinerary is Rio Lagartos, a charming fishing village located on the edge of a large estuary. The town is famous for its wildlife, comprising hundreds of species of birds—including those famous pink flamingoes!—crocodiles and sea turtles. Visitors can take a boat tour of the estuary, where they will have the opportunity to see these creatures up close and in their natural habitats.

But Rio Lagartos isn’t just about the wildlife. The town also boasts stunning sunsets and beautiful beaches. Take a stroll along the boardwalk, relax on the beach or take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

How To Get To Rio Lagartos

To get to Rio Lagartos from Cancun, you can either drive or take a bus. If you choose to drive, be prepared for some bumpy roads along the way. But the journey is worth it for the stunning scenery you’ll see along the route. If you prefer not to drive, there are several tour companies in Cancun that offer day trips to Rio Lagartos.

The Best Time to Visit Rio Lagartos

The best time to visit Rio Lagartos is between November and March, when the weather is cool and dry. The spring is also the peak season for birdwatching—particularly flamingo season—as many migratory birds make their way to the estuary during this time. But no matter when you visit, you’re sure to have a memorable experience in Rio Lagartos.

Las Coloradas

Next on the itinerary is Las Coloradas, a small fishing village located just a short drive from Rio Lagartos. The town is known for its stunning pink lakes, which get their color from the high concentration of salt in the water. Visitors to Las Coloradas can take a tour of the lakes, which are truly a sight to behold.

But the lakes aren’t the only attraction in Las Coloradas. The town also boasts several beautiful beaches, including Playa de las Tortugas and Playa del Amor. Relax on the beach, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, or try your hand at fishing.

How To Get To Las Colorados

To get to Las Coloradas from Rio Lagartos, it’s just a short drive of about 30 minutes. If you’re coming from Cancun, it will take about three hours to drive to Las Coloradas. But the journey is more than worth it for the stunning scenery you’ll see along the way.

The Best Time to Visit Las Coloradas

If you’re trying to catch the pink lakes in Las Coloradas at their most vibrant, March, July and August are usually said to be the best months to visit. But no matter when you visit, you’re sure to be enchanted by the unique beauty of Las Coloradas.

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