Flamingos Flying over the Laguna Rosada Yucatan Mexico in Photos

We housesit a lot, and one of the things we love so much about it is that it encourages to visit hidden little pockets of the world that would not have been on our radar otherwise. This was especially true of our housesit in the small Mexican fishing village of Telchac Puerto.

It was a lucky twist of fate that brought us to this housesit in the Yucatan Peninsula, just when we were planning on visiting anyway. When we arrived and were welcomed by our lovely hosts, two adorable cats and the Caribbean ocean in the background we could not believe just how lucky that twist of fate was!

laguna rosada outside of Merida

The first thing we noticed when making the one hour drive from Merida to Telchac Puerto was the stunning pink lagoon, or laguna rosada Yucatan that ran along the side of the road right before arriving in the village. Though we had done some research of Telchac when we accepted the sit, we had not heard anything about this incredible lagoon!

The lagoon is full of algae high in carotenoids. This is the same algae that turns animals who eat it, such as shrimp and flamingos a beautiful pink color. In fact the lagoons are also home to a large flock of wild flamingos!

As the water in the man-made pools begins to evaporate, the concentration of the algae becomes greater, making the pools of water darker and darker pink. At the edges of the pools you can see the beautiful salt crystals that are left when all of the water has evaporated. Salt that is super high in carotenoids, or as we know it beta-carotene!

We loved passing by the lagoons and wild flamingos every time we left our housesit to drive into the larger towns of Progresso or Merida to do our shopping or run other errands. This is definitely the only place in the world that included wild flamingo spotting over a magical pink lake as part of the usual commute!

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The Laguna Rosada is located right off of the highway (YUC 27) connecting Progresso and Telchac Puerto. It is a 40 minute drive from Progresso, and a little over an hour from Merida. We found that the best area of the lagoon to see the brightest pink waters was alongside the road leading up to the ruins of Xcambo, a road that runs directly through the laguna rosada. The flamingos move from day to day so the best spot to spot them is always changing, but they are hard to miss!


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8 Responses

  1. Ahhhhh! Ever since I was little, flamingos have been my favorite bird. Really, anything pink is my favorite, so we HAVE to visit this place now that we are in the Yucatán. We’re actually in Playa, so I guess this will be less convenient to visit, but that’s what day trips are for!

  2. Yok says:

    Hey Jenny. Super awesome. A wild flock of flamingos is definitely an unexpected treat that would be inspiring me to head out for post-dawn, pre-sunset shots.

    You mention that the lagoon is manmade. Is it actually a large area used to “mine” salt?

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks Yok! We kind of couldn’t believe it ourselves. It is a large salt mining area, but it is not a large commercial production. We were told that the locals just go out periodically and hand-gather the salt to sell it.

  3. Yok says:


    You guys ok? We haven’t seen an update on the blog in a while and want to be sure you didn’t succumb to some pink salt funk! hahaha

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Yok! Thanks for checking in. We have been good, but sooo busy that the blog has suffered. We always post what we are currently doing on Instagram and Facebook so you can catch up with us there. I think things may settle down soon so that we can catch up on all the posts we have to write!

  4. Cinzia Traboni says:

    Beautiful place! I was planning to go to Celestun end of February 2017. I already went there but I wanted to show it to two friends who are first time in Mexico. As an alternative, X’cambò and laguna rosada, if the period is OK. Can you advise about that? Do you know if there is also the possibility to have a boat trip or it’s enough watching from the shore? Many thanks! Cinzia, Rome, Italy

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