Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas / Pink Lagoon

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

From: $145.00 to: $249.00


Discover the National Park of Rio Lagartos and the famous pink lakes of Las Coloradas. Private boat tour, bird watching, and of course with a delicious meal!

  • Online booking is available from 2 to 6 adults. If you are a bigger group, contact us to get your quote.
  • For a custom tour, ask us for your preferred itinerary and quote.


Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas Private Tour



If you love nature and are interested in viewing unique Mexican wildlife, then your group won’t want to miss the chance to go on our all-inclusive Las Coloradas – Rio Lagartos Tour. This small fishing village’s name is translated as “Alligator River”, although its famous lagoon is actually home to a lot of diverse wild life.


Our private guided tour, which is ideal for families, will take you to the northern shores of the Yucatán Peninsula to explore the area’s most popular attraction, the Rio Lagartos Nature Reserve. This area is full of diverse wildlife. Once we reach the beautiful lagoon, your professional guide will take you out for a private boat tour of the area. While you boat around the lagoon, you’ll be able to go birdwatching and see beautiful birds like pink flamingos, herons, pelicans, eagles, frigate birds, and geese. You may even see as few crocodiles if you are lucky!


We’ll also stop by Las Coloradas, an area of the lagoon where salt has been extracted from the seawater for decades. This area is home to the second largest salt factory in the country. You’ll definitely want to have your camera ready since this area is known for its breathtakingly beautiful pink lagoon water. You have to see it to believe it!


Coming back from the boat, we will again go to Las Coloradas. This time will take place by car so you can experience an extended view of Las Coloradas .


The lagoon is not always pink as its color depends on the sun light and the salt production process from the factory. None of which is predictable. Swimming at Las Coloradas is strictly forbidden and can actually hurt your skin.


After exploring the Rio Lagartos, you’ll probably be hungry, so your guide will take you to a local restaurant where you can enjoy some fresh fish for lunch. This restaurant is in the small, natural town of Rio Lagartos. We’ll either eat there or at another small village with delicious traditional meat / smoked meat meals, you decide!


Let’s go on an Absolute Adventure, choose our Las Coloradas Rio Lagartos Tour!



General info:

  • Duration: 9/10 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: All ages
  • Mobility: We can adapt this tour for people with disability.


This Las Coloradas Rio Lagartos tour is exclusively private to better meet your expectations.

All tours are scheduled at the best hours to avoid high traffic and heat on the sites.

  • 06:30am: Transportation from your hotel to Rio Lagartos
  • 08:00am – 08:30am: Breakfast
  • 08:30am – 11:30am: Private boat tour
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: Las Coloradas
  • 12:30pm – 01:30pm: Lunch in a restaurant
  • 01:30pm – 03:30pm: Transportation to your hotel

Itinerary is based on a departure from Playa del Carmen. Pick up time is recommended time to avoid the crowds. We can leave later if you want to.

Schedule is indicative, we can stay more or less time at each place depending on your preferences.

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with air-conditioned transportation
  • Toll road if applicable from your hotel
  • Experienced certified private guide all day long
  • All entrance fees
  • Private Boat
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch in a restaurant with one main course a la carte and drinks (waters, soda, beer)
  • Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda, beer)
  • Free pictures!
  • Tips
  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Flip flops or water shoes for swimming activities
  • Hat or cap and sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Biodegradable mosquito repellent
  • Camera/Underwater camera.
  • Cash for souvenirs/tips

You can bring personal belongings you require during the tour (phone, camera, extra set of clothes…). While you snorkeling you can leave the things you don’t need in the van. Our driver will always be in the van, so keeping your things safe!

6 reviews for Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas / Pink Lagoon

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Our guide and driver Juan Jose and Ervin, arrived on time to pick us up and they were very knowledgeable and friendly. They made the trip exciting, fun and stress free looking after us as we Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas. Cold drinks (and beer) plus snacks helped the travel go that much quicker, when driving the long distances. Can’t beat the professional service, and great not to be in a large group, a tour just for the 2 of us, making it a much more personal experience.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    We got to see many flamingos in their natural habitat with a lots of different pinks! After the boat tour, we headed to Las coloradas, the pink lakes.The lunch we were served was very tasty and the portions were huge!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Wonderful day at Rio Lagartos with Claire and Ervin. We saw a lot of birds and the captain fed them with fishes so we got some fantastic photos. Then we went to Las Coloradas for great shots of the pink lakes. We finished with a delicious lunch, grilled meat with tortillas.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    My Husband and i went on the Rio Lagartos tour and loved every minute of it!! Its a long day though. Once we arrived we got into a small boat and headed out to see the Flamingos. We saw many different types of birds and even got to see a crocodiles in the water! Recommend a camera to get the best shots. Then we went to Las Coloradas, what a unique place!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    We saw not only flamingos but numerous species of birds fish and crocodiles. Chino was our guide, he was very knowledgeable of the local flora and fauna. We learnt a lot about this beautiful place.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    The drive was interesting as we passed trough some small villages and our tour guide was very knowledgable and respectful of the culture and the land. Our captain found a horse shoe crab and explained to us that it was one of the oldest living crustations, he pointed out many bird species and some crocodile.

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