Laguna Rosada, the most picture perfect place imaginable

Surely you have stumbled upon a photo – whether in Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook- of an amazing pink lagoon that seems to have an effect or filter applied that makes you question if such is a place does actually exists or if it is only a work of a digital manipulation. Well, it turns out that the much photographed place does actually exist and you can find it in Mexico.

In the Yucatan peninsula, just a few kilometers from Merida, you can find one of the most amazing and surreal landscapes that man has ever seen. A soft white sand path separates from one side a pink water lagoon, in which the clouds reflection seems endless, and in the other the vast Pacific Gulf with its characteristic emerald blue tone.

The name of this amazing places is Laguna Rosada and it is part of the Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, which is located near Las Coloradas, a small village of fishermen and salt workers on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the municipality of Rio Lagartos.

The magic pink lagoon is quite real and has a scientific explanation. The lagoon is home to a microorganism known as Halobacterium Salinarum. This type of unicellular organism grows in saturated salt water, and its purple and red membranes, that contain beta carotene a reddish orange pigment, are responsible for giving the water its rose pink color.
In addition to the enchanting lagoon, the landscape of the region is also decorated by flamingos and salt ponds of the same pink intense color.

Whether you are or not fan of photography, this place is 100% recommended. Las Coloradas has miles of pristine, empty beaches, making it an ideal private getaway.

This place is just a couple kilometers away from Merida, the capital of Yucatan. To get there you can take a tour from Merida or Cancun or if you have a private car, you can drive and literally get off where you feel, it is besides the road.


• Bars and Pubs

This mezcal bar (Mezcalería) in Colonial Condesa (one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city) proposes a wide selection of national artisanal mezcales and cremas de mezcal (soft mezcal liqueurs). With a playful name “La Botica” (Spanish for Chemist or Pharmacy) the bar features walls decorated with tiny medicine branded bottles as in an old classic drug store.

The house rules are that you have to order food with drinks, which turns out to be a good thing. You can accompany your mezcal with some regional dishes such as tamales, chapulines (fried grasshoppers) or queso Oaxaca (regional fresh cheese.)

This Mezcalería is a small place, only a couple of small tin tables with on folding chairs; but in their cardboard handwritten menu you´ll find what you need to have a really Mexican experience.

The staff (only 2 people) is really friendly and helpful, they explain you about the different mezcal varieties and advise you the best options to try. In week nights the ambience is calm but in weekends the place can get really crowded and loud.

Since opening a couple years ago, La Botica has been a success. So if you happen to be in Mexico City don´t hesitate to plan a visit to one of the 6 branches over the city.